Nas’ latest entry for The Get Down is the best rap song in the entire show.

If you’ve been binging on Netflix the last few days, then you’ve finished up The Get Down. The show, a spin-off of the actual birth of hip-hop in the Bronx in the 1970s features Nas, rapping and writing rhymes as the adult version of Books (Justice Smith). One of the records, the sleepy and punchy “Angel Dust” shines near the end of the second arc. Quite simply, it is the best song from The Get Down made from a pure rap aspect.

Lifting the sample from the lead to Gil Scott-Heron’s 1978 album Secrets, Nas raps once more in Books’ voice and tone. He speaks of how he became a rapper, how his best friend Shaolin Fantastic was a drug dealer and his internal battle with it. The sidewalk was my brother’s office / We cut our losses, I had choices / I took a pen, became a voice for the voiceless / My people walking in a zombie state / Life is short, even mine’s at stake.” As the rise of cocaine and angel dust rose amongst New York City denizens, Nas’ eye captures the plague before it truly gets wild and crazy in the 1980s.

In a conversation with Rolling Sone last year, Nas revealed how he touches the different characters from Books to Ra Ra to Boo. “I said to myself, ‘If it was you, if Ezekiel was you, you’d be telling your story.”

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