News: Nas Promises 'Life Is Good' Follow-Up In '14, Teases "Lost Tapes 2" Release

Sunday, Feb 16, 2014 10:54PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

New York rap veteran Nas is keeping his lips sealed on the status of his follow-up to 2012's Life Is Good but has promised to drop a long-awaited release later this year.

Aside from the celebration of his Illmatic 20th anniversary album, Nasir Jones has a few other projects on deck including a solo album.

"It's like I gave myself a 40th birthday present 20 years ago," the rapper says. "It gives me a reference piece to look at myself and for me to analyze my life and what i've come from; my accomplishments; my dreams." There's also a new album, which the rapper said will be out "sometime in 2014," but declined to give any further details. Asked if the nostalgic year means fans may finally see a release of the long-awaited, shelved, Lost Tapes 2 album, Nas brought it back to the show. "After Illmatic comes fresh new music. Right now my new show is a visual Lost Tapes 2, 3, 4, 5 and then some." (Rolling Stone)

Last October, Nas said he decided to fall back on announcing his forthcoming project's title because it felt too premature.

"I got a little busy, and I wasn't sure it was really a real fit for the record. It felt like I came up with it too easy. And I like that because "Life Is Good" came up on its own. It just popped in my head. So the next title came up in a similar way, but it was probably too early." (Huffington Post)

Nasir also provided some insight on what the next LP would be packed with.

"With this record, ah man ... It's the next chapter in myself as a writer. I'm really excited about every new leaf I turn. Every new endeavor. I'm excited about that and all the potential that comes with everything new that I do. And all my ideas can come to fruition. And that excites me, because there's no limits to what I can do, in terms of trying to be an inspiration. I just want to do well for the listeners out there. Do well for the whole genre. So I'm excited." (Huffington Post)

Recently, hip-hop producer DJ Premier revealed Nas' final Def Jam requirement was the biggest hurdle standing in the way of a joint effort's release.

"It's coming," Premier promised in an interview. "I just saw him last week. It's coming. He has another project to drop on Def Jam, then he's a free agent. Let him get that out. It'll give me time to get my artists ripped and ready. Then we can all tour together or something." (WM40A)

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