Nas has publicly spoken about the recently leaked “Power, Paper and P*ssy” and revealed how the track was composed.
According to Nas, his underground song was put together in the Big Apple.
“[Nasty Nas] never left,” Nas confirmed to MTV News via e-mail. “I recorded the song in my hometown of New York City. I was feeling the vibe of the streets and sewers, [which] helped me get in that zone…Nas explained that he had been a fan of Herb Alpert‘s 1979 “Rise” record — the Notorious B.I.G.‘s 1997 smash “Hypnotize” also samples it — and asked Salaam Remi to take it and concoct something special. “Salaam and I are always working together,” Nas said. “I loved the song and asked Salaam to cook it up.” The pair linked up to record the track at New York’s Manhattan Center. (MTV)
The record leaked across the Internet earlier this week.
New Nas music, this is an exclusive for DJ Green Lantern‘s new Invasion Radio 2K10 mixtape. Nas spits a pretty serious flow, hearkening back to an “early” Nas, flowing over the “Big Beat” breakbeat with a little classic Herb Alpert on the horns (“Rise” – The part Biggie didn’t use). The track was produced by Nas and Salaam Remi. It’s not an entire song, per se, more like an extended verse, freestyle, whatever you want to call it, but it’s definitely a strong look from Nas as he rides the moderate success of his recent release, Distant Relatives, with Damian Marley. (Birthplace Magazine)
Producer Bangladesh recently talked with SOHH about preparing to work with Nas for his follow-up to 2008’s Untitled.
“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 pay more attention to Nas in an area where he doesn’t get looked at a lot.” (SOHH)
“Love the Way You Lie” producer Alex da Kid also recently told SOHH about befriending Nas and working with him on his next solo album.
“I want to try and keep him, obviously as Nas but just to bring him to a broader audience,” Alex told SOHH. “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)
Check out Nas’ “Power, Paper & P*ssy” down below: