Nas made a tough decision to put so much personal content from his life into "Life Is Good", when the bulk of the hip-hop music industry is making songs aimed at the clubs for parties and stuff like that. During a recent interview with NPR, Nas revealed that he got a lot of his inspiration to follow his heart and do such a personal album reflecting on his life's issues, from none other than the great, Marvin Gaye.
"I'm a big fan of Marvin, and I guess about 12 years ago I heard this album, Here, My Dear. Marvin was married to Berry Gordy's sister. She was older than him and she was sophisticated, she was fly. She had the diamonds, the pearls. She knew how to live and she taught him how to live. She was his love and it ended and he chose to do an album about that when other styles of music were becoming popular at the time. He could have took advantage of the new style of music that was hitting. Instead, what he had to do — he had his tax problems, all kinds of things — what he needed to do was give this record to her, the money from the record. But most of all, he turned the record into a record about her. I didn't want to do that. He inspired me, so I wanted to do it my way."