Nas drops the video for “Bye Baby,” a smoothed out track centered around an Aaron Hall sample, that talks about the good, and bad times during his courtship, marriage and eventual split with R&B singer Kelis.
Nas shared personal moments over the course of his recent, acclaimed album Life Is Good, from the somewhat-controversial “Daughters,” where he called out his daughter’s adolescent transgressions along with his own parental shortcomings, to “Bye Baby,” a reflective account of his failed marriage to R&B singer Kelis, which ended in a much-publicized divorce.
“Bye Baby,” delves into the mix of experiences during in their courtship, marriage and eventual split in a personal way, giving listeners a view into Nas’ past personal life, both the enjoyable moments as well as the difficult. In the video, a sullen Nas swigs liquor while watching home movies, smiling at times while reminiscing about the good ol’ days before the scenery, and Nas’ expressions, change during high-powered settlement meetings in a lawyer’s office.
Visually, the video lifts the imagery from the Life Is Good album cover, which foretold the mood of the song and album, showing the Queensbridge veteran MC seated on a large leather couch with a green wedding dress, Kelis’, draped over his knee. In the video, Nas, who lyrically displays the mixed emotions of a man still perhaps torn from the fallout of his failed relationship, seems to end with symbolic efforts suggesting he is finally able to put the past behind him.
“Bye Baby” is one of the more personal tracks on the album, an album which has been called “mature,” praised for what many call a perfect mix of swag and substance.