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Not at the same level as Illmatic, but many consider Life is Good to be the Magnum Opus of Nas at a different point in his life (he was in his teens making Illmatic, he made Life is Good when pushing 40).
Seasonal Rot: Nastradamusdoes have its moments, but it's widely regarded as his weakest album.
With the help of hindsight, Hip Hop Is Dead seems significantly less impactful/meaningful than the three albums that followed it—his untitled album for its Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped approach to race relations, Distant Relatives for its pan-African consciousness, and Life Is Good for its well-grounded examination of his own life as a man who'd made it through the madness of his youth and became a more grounded, balanced person. Compared to these, Hip Hop Is Dead is rife with tired cliches, though it does have good moments as well.