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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