Life's a Bitch
by Nas

Songfacts®:

  • This Illmatic track finds Nas and East New York-based rapper AZ reflecting on their hopes and dreams. A longtime and frequent rhyme partner of Nas, AZ's contributions to this and the opening track "The Genesis" represented his debut on wax.
  • The song is notable for the trumpet solo at the end, performed by Nas' father Olu Dara. An innovative Jazz artist, Dara had played with avant-garde musicians such as David Murray and Art Blakey before his son's claim led to him making albums under his own name.
  • Producer L.E.S.'s soundscape samples a portion of The Gap Band's 1981 ballad "Yearning For Your Love."

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Vince Clarke

Vince ClarkeSongwriter Interviews

An original member of Depeche Mode, Vince went on to form Erasure and Yaz.

Rickie Lee Jones

Rickie Lee JonesSongwriter Interviews

Rickie Lee Jones on songwriting, social media, and how she's handling Trump.

Marvin Gaye

Marvin GayeFact or Fiction

Did Marvin try out with the Detroit Lions? Did he fake crazy to get out of military service? And what about the cross-dressing?

Alan Merrill of The Arrows

Alan Merrill of The ArrowsSongwriter Interviews

In her days with The Runaways, Joan Jett saw The Arrows perform "I Love Rock And Roll," which Alan Merrill co-wrote - that story and much more from this glam rock pioneer.

Joan Armatrading

Joan ArmatradingSongwriter Interviews

The revered singer-songwriter talks inspiration and explains why she put a mahout in "Drop the Pilot."

Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders

Chrissie Hynde of The PretendersSongwriter Interviews

The rock revolutionist on songwriting, quitting smoking, and what she thinks of Rush Limbaugh using her song.