When this dropped, I heard Takeover and stopped listening to Nas for a few years, heard Ether and stopped listening to Jay, found a cassette tape and heard Politics as Usual after 4yrs and became a disciple.
Seminal cuts from this album include the epic run that is track 8 onwards; Heart of the City, Never Change, Song Cry, All I Need, Renegade, Blueprint, Lyrical Exercise.
No Eminem did not slay him on Renegade, two different narratives and styles. When you deep what’s being said Hov is in his own galaxy.
To think he recorded this in a weekend with Jus Blaze, Yeezy and Bink at the heart of production. Absolute mazzaliño.
Where were you when this dropped?