Grammy-nominated rapper Nas recently confirmed reports that he is beginning work on a new solo album and said that it may become one of the most important records of his career.
Speaking to radio host Tim Westwood, Nas also revealed a few producers he is looking to add to his 2008 Untitled follow-up.
“I’ve been good though, my man [Damian Marley] holds me down — but I’m definitely looking at my solo project as one of the most important records of my life. You know what I mean? I’m happy, I’m happy to be here. I love the state of the game. I love it man…It’s gonna be magic. That’s all I feel. I feel a magic thing happening and brewing. I keep calling it a magic moment, that’s what it’s gonna be. I feel the stuff I’m writing down and the directions I’m thinking about going into, it doesn’t even matter what producers, if it’s Swizz Beatz, if it’s Premier, if it’s Alchemist, Dr. Dre, Kanye West, all of these guys are guys that I love and guys that I’ve been talking to about getting on the project. Kanye actually hit me up and said he wanted to produce the album and RZA.” (“Tim Westwood TV”)
“Love the Way You Lie” producer Alex da Kid recently told SOHH about befriending Nas and working with him on his new solo album.
“I’m working on Nas’ album,” Alex revealed to SOHH. “I kinda know his manager, through my publisher, actually Jessica Rivera at Universal. She publishes Nas and when ‘Airplanes’ came out, he was like a big fan of ‘Airplanes,’ like, he loved thatsong and when it came out he was like, ‘Yo let’s get it, let’s roll.’ But our schedules just haven’t matched up yet. I think I’m going to get with him in three weeks in New York, at some point, so yeah, I’m excited for that.” (SOHH)
Alex also said he would like to broaden Nas’ reach to fans by considering both urban and rhythmic sounds.
“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)
Last May, Nas talked about how he typically compiles producers 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)
No further details have been revealed as of now.
Check out a recent Nas interview down below: