As we prepare to head into 2011, producer Alex Da Kid recently spoke with SOHH to update fans on the progress of his contributions to Nas‘ upcoming solo album.
While Nas is still in the early stages of creating his Untitled solo LP follow-up, Alex said the rap veteran recently gave him props for his work on Dr. Dre‘s “I Need A Doctor” single.
“I was actually with Nas [recently],” Alex told SOHH. “We were talking about different stuff and I played him a few things I was doing. Actually, on the way to the studio, he heard ‘I Need A Doctor,’ the new leaked Dr. Dre single and he was telling me how much he loved [it] and we were just talking about stuff. I don’t think he’s started recording yet or if so, he’s super early in on the process of working on the album. We were talking about [linking up] and I’m sure we’re gonna make it happen at some point but it’s really just talking [for now]. I’m really getting to know him more and more as a person so I can really give him something personal that’ll make sense. I’m sure we’ll get it in before his album drops.” (SOHH)
Last June, Alex told SOHH he wanted to help Nas gain a broader mass appeal with his sound.
“I want to try and keep him, obviously as Nas but just to bring him to a broader audience,” Alex added. “Try to get him into that rhythmic radio as well as urban, and I want to bring him to a broader audience. He’s one of the biggest rappers to ever do it. I definitely want to make sure he goes to a broader audience. Working with an icon like Nas, I definitely would want to make something from scratch, I really haven’t had the chance to think about it because I’ve been so busy but I kinda know where I want to go with it. I definitely want to make something from scratch for Nas.” (SOHH)
A month later, producer Bangladesh informed SOHH of the possibility of linking up with “God’s Son”.
“I just do what I would like to hear from him,” Bang said referring to putting together beats for Nas. “I’m a super Nas fan. I’ve been a Nas fan since he came out. Since the first song. With me being a producer and me having my sound, I would like to hear him on harder beats, more 808-driven, just more aggression. With a Nas record, typically to me, the songs will make the track good. It’s not the track that makes the song good and that’s what I want to bring. I want to bring the track and the song so that you’re not only jamming to the beat with the words on it, but you can jam to the beat and the words and you can jam to the acapella with no beat to it. I think he’s a great songwriter but sometimes his beats aren’t as good as his songs. I want to bring that element where it’s more aggressive, more heavy, something that’s going to [garner more attention for Nas] in an area where he doesn’t get looked at a lot.” (SOHH)
Earlier this year, Nas discussed his process of selecting producers and collaborators for his albums.
“Well I have a “wish-list” sometimes or I have a dream list of who I would love to work with and wish they would want to get in the studio and do records or whatever,” Nas said in an interview. “Then I have my own ideas of being a producer. And what happens is a lot of time goes by with me being indecisive, so it winds up with me kind of, like, doing what I have to do really fast because I played around for so long. Then, the deadlines come. But, you never know who has it, everyone’s got a lot of talent. You have Little Brother, you have Drumma Boy. There’s a lot of dudes I like right now. You have DJ Toomp.” (BET)
Check out a recent Nas interview below: