With Untitled it appears that Nas truly understands and embraces that you cannot please everyone. Because of that, he has rid himself of the handcuffs that fans and critics have bound him with and expresses true creative freedom.
Nas' potential is so immense that it puts him in the uncomfortable position of living up to a level of artistic greatness that presumably doesn't exist. Case in point, Illmatic was an unintentional classic. It came at a time when Hip Hop wasn't begging for a savior. Nas just became its leader. There was no pressing cultural issue that demanded an icon. Nas just rolled his young sleeves up and menaced the microphone.