Nas Released ‘Godâ€™s Son’ On This Date In 2002
God’s SonÂ is the sixth full-lengthÂ album from Nas, released December 13, 2002 onÂ ColumbiaÂ andÂ Ill Will. Production was handled by severalÂ Hip Hop producers, includingÂ Salaam Remi,Â Chucky Thompson,Â Ron Browz,Â Eminem, andÂ The Alchemist. Partly inspired by Nas’ feud with Jay-Z and the death of his mother in early 2002,Â God’s SonÂ covers lyrical themes such as religion, violence, and his own emotional experiences. It has been recognized by music writers as a personal work by Nas.
The album debuted at #18 on the USÂ BillboardÂ 200Â chart, selling 156,000 copies in its first week. It ultimately peaked at #12 on the chart and produced 3 singles that achievedÂ BillboardÂ chart success. Upon its release,Â God’s SonÂ received universal widespread critical acclaim, with critics praising Nas’ lyricism and viewing it as a progression from his previous work. On January 14, 2003, the album was certifiedÂ PlatinumÂ in sales by theÂ RIAA, following sales in excess of a million copies.