Album: Nas, Life Is Good (Def Jam)


The wedding dress on the cover was all that Kelis left behind when she split from Nas, and it's prompted the rapper to muse upon gender issues here, not least "Daughters", in which he tackles the irony of lascivious lads becoming puritan dads.

Along with the anger and regret comes the usual hip-hop baggage of aggrandisement, recrimination and old-school reminiscence, though at least Nas bluntly confronts the genre's blame culture. But the album's likely to be best remembered for one of Amy Winehouse's final contributions, plaintively crooning her need for a "man just like me" in "Cherry Wine". 

Download: Cherry Wine; Daughters; A Queens Story