Rap veteran Nas is so focused on dropping his upcoming Life Is Good this summer that he is willing to postpone talks of speculated joint efforts amongst the likes of Common, AZ and other artists.
Offering an open-ended perspective on what the future could hold, Nasty Nas said his focus is firmly on putting out a solo effort.
“You know, we were doing an Illmatic show with Rock the Bells [last year],” Nas recently told XXL about longtime partner in rhyme, AZ. “He came through and held a n*gga down. It’s always good getting up with my n*gga. That album [Illmatic], we just had the 18th anniversary [in April]. We were just young bucks in the game, trying to get in. … We’ll always have that moment,” God’s Son added. “It takes me back to the time when we were doing a lot of records together. But yeah, I’ve been four years away from a solo album. I’m just getting back into the game. Once I get back into the game, you never know what could happen.” (XXL Mag)
Last December, Common announced plans to drop a joint LP alongside Nas called NasDotCom.
The awesomeness that is Common and Nas’ collaboration on the former’s latest single, “Ghetto Dreams,” could lead to more than we might have expected. In an interview with Fake Shore Drive, the Chicago rapper revealed that he’s working on a joint album with Nas. I don’t have to tell you that we’re excited about the prospect of a project like this, but holy sh*t, that would be amazing. You wouldn’t only have two of the best rappers of all time rapping together, but you would also have Com helping out in the beat-selection department. Imagine him and Nas rapping over an album’s worth of beats from No I.D., Kanye West, and Salaam Remi. Lordy. (Prefix Mag)
Music producer DJ Premier recently revealed his aim to hook-up with Nasir Jones for a collaborative effort.
“[With] Nas, it’s always fun to work with him because we have a formula and vibe that already works. It’s not difficult. It’s like seeing a long lost cousin like, ‘D*mn, I ain’t seen you in years. Let’s get back to what we used to do.’ I submitted some tracks, so hopefully those will work, but if not, he and I are still going to do the Nas/Premier album,” he said. “But he has other albums that come before, but we’re still going to do it, we’ve spoken about it.” (Hard Knock TV)
In late April, the music veteran announced the Life Is Good release date.
“”LIFE IS GOOD” – JULY 17th, 2012!!! #LIFEISGOOD717 http://tmblr.co/ZxeGrvKEULtA,” Nas tweeted April 24th.
“#LIFEISGOOD717 #LIFEISGOOD717 #LIFEISGOOD717 #LIFEISGOOD717 #LIFEISGOOD717 #LIFEISGOOD717 #LIFEISGOOD717 #LIFEISGOOD717″ (Nas’ Twitter)
Check out a recent Nas interview down below: