Singled Out: "Nas Reached Out B/C He Wanted To Co-Executive Produce The Album W/ Puff"
Tuesday, Apr 30, 2013 12:10AM
[SOHH highlights a hot record each Tuesday and offers a unique look at the track in Singled Out. After Talib Kweli decoded his "Push Thru" anthem, fellow New York rapper Aasim breaks down his Nas-featured "Queens Sh*t" smash.]
I did this record a while ago, back when I was still on Bad Boy. Nas actually reached out because he wanted to co-executive producer the album with Puff. So he called me at my crib, we chopped it up for about two and a half hours.
He said he wanted to do a few records, put it on the mixtape just to let everyone know we were partnering up and everything like that. That record was one of the records that we were supposed to do but it never got released because Nas is very eccentric. So you'll be in touch with him one week, and you're in touch with him every day and he'll just disappear and go off into the studio and be working on his own thing.
The whole thing kind of just went away. The whole executive producer thing and everything went away but I always had the record. Sean C & LV (Grind Music), they produced it. I was there for the beat. I wasn't there for the Nas vocals, I think he did them in Miami. I did my vocals in Brooklyn and that was that.
I had some other vocals, originally, but I rewrote my rhymes and did some new joints to make it more current and to how I was feeling now. That was always supposed to be the record we were going to go with first and then do some more records but it never did happen.
Let's just say I got a few records, they ain't with Nas, but I got a few of what I would like to call, 'Stash Ums.' I got a few that are some real throwback joints and I don't want to let the cat out of the bag because I might still want to use those records but I've got a lot of them.
I got a lot of them from very well-known producers to very well-known writers and R&B singers. Let's be clear, I've got a few! And when I say, "a few," that means more than ten.
Doing a visual for this is something I would have to discuss with my team to see if they really want to do it. I would have to try to reach Nas and see if he would like to be a part of it. If I couldn't get him to be a part of it and I couldn't do a visual that made sense to where it came off properly, then this will just be a warm-up record to let people know I'm back and it's for real now.
Now the time for waiting is over, AASIM is back with a renewed hunger and energy that is easily translated in his music. Focused on bringing back the Boom-Bap sound, AASIM's forthcoming mix-tape "Walking On The Stars" (which drops Mid May) 1st single "Queens Shit" Feat Nas does exactly that. Brings that classic Boom-Bap sound back to hip-hop. Something that has been missing for quite sometime! AASIM & Nas trade bars over a classic Boom-Bap track taking you back to an era when it wasn't about catchy hooks, but about lyrics and neck braking beats. If you are truly a fan of Hip-Hop then you'll truly enjoy this gem.
Check out "Queens Sh*t":