Divorce is a necessary evil fraught with raw nerves and poked out bottom lips. It usually involves a lot of wailing, finger pointing and shit talking about the sorry excuse for a man/woman you were tricked into marrying. All the shoulda, woulda, couldas are normally aimed at the party sitting across the arbitration table as that’s really who is responsible for this big ass mess. Nas could have gone there; some expected he would. Instead, he uses “Bye Baby” to share some already healed grown man thoughts on the matter. I loved you. I tried. It didn’t work, but I’m okay with that.
Salaaam Remi and Noah Shebib slyly lift Teddy Riley’s lounge keys from “Goodbye Love” and loop them into 40′s signature moody atmospherics. Some thump is added to fill out the track and the sample is pulled from a song that most will recognize, giving it some extra nostalgic appeal. Aaron Hall handles the hook and the voice of the mystery lady begging him not to go is sprinkled throughout. Nice.
Nas paints a picture of love and then loss, but still manages a positive vibe. He doesn’t deny the emotion, nor does he suggest it went up in flames with all the money they burned. It just wasn’t enough. I think most of us can relate to that. He addresses those who think he made a mistake suggesting the good was good enough to make it all worth it. It’s a wonderfully manly way to handle a situation that can devolve into the abyss and I’m sure this song will soon be woman approved. Word to Nas for keeping it classy. “Bye Baby.” Enjoy.
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