When was the meeting when the hip-hop nation got together and decided that we wanted Nas to make an album with one of Bob Marley’s sons. I didn’t get the memo. What’s next? Cormega & The Melody Makers? Although many praised this album when it was released last May, ask yourself the last time you actually took the time to listen to this. No real replay value. This project still feels like a comfy blanket Mr. Jones hid under while he battled the personal and professional dramas of the past year. Great art is made from adversity as Kanye’s MBDTF attests, let’s hope the fiery Nas found on the last verse of “Strong Will Continue” prevails in the new year and preachy slop like the Joss Stone and Lil Wayne-guested “My Generation” goes that way. We don’t need world music from one of hip-hop’s finest. We want more boom bap like you can find here. Let’s go Esco!