News: UPDATE: Nas Puts Out A Hit, "Don" Spills Onto The Streets [Audio]

Thursday, Mar 15, 2012 5:34PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Rap veteran Nas' new "The Don" record has suffered a premature release, premiering online hours before its slated debut tonight (March 15) on New York radio station Hot 97.

The record features production courtesy of the late Heavy D and longtime Nas producer Salaam Remi.

Nas comes back with a vengeance on "The Don," the heavy-hitting single off his upcoming 10th album. Produced by Salaam Remi, Da Internz, and the late Heavy D ("Heavy D gave this beat to Salaam for me to rap to"), the reggae-flavored tune features Nasty Nas in top form, touting tough bars over a rasta hook. Welcome back "The Don." (Rap-Up)

Earlier in the day, Nas teased fans by releasing the single's new cover art.

Taking hiatuses are somewhat of a forte for Nas. After stepping back into the mindset of that hungry young rapper from the Queensbridge Projects and returning with "Nasty" in June of last year (with the video arriving later in October), God's Son seemingly set up shop and took off once again, averting his focus on writing raps for K'Naan, Rick Ross and Chris Brown (the latter we have yet to look forward to). Unveiling the cover art for his new single "The Don" today, however, indicates at a much more welcoming turn (or U-turn, depending on how you look at it). If the pinky piece is anything to go by, this forthcoming track looks to accompany "Nasty" in heavyweight company as the potential second single from the record. (Soul Culture UK)

Initial details hinted at late music veteran Heavy D being involved on the track.

Nas is expected to debut a brand new single, "The Don" tomorrow night (March 15) with Hot 97's Funkmaster Flex, a source close to the rapper exclusively confirmed to XXLMag.com. Although the producer of the track hasn't been confirmed as of press time, the same source revealed that the late and legendary Heavy D is rumored to be a co-producer on the record. (XXL Mag)

In February, the Queens Bridge native broke the news of his album's long-awaited completion.

"Ayo Jung! Ya Bday comin!! We goin in. 5 days NONSTOP!!! Plus we celebrating my LP being WRAPPED!!!!!!," he tweeted February 23rd. (Nas' Twitter)

Check out the new "Don" record below:

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