Music mogul Nas proved he has no plans of leaving the rap game soon after showing up for a surprise performance at New York’s Northside Festival this past weekend.
Nasty Nas hooked up with Atlanta duo Run the Jewels for a performance last night (June 14) in Brooklyn.
Run the Jewels may have given advance warning when they promised a special appearance (no cats, unfortunately) at their Northside Festival headlining set on Sunday, but the crowd still lost their minds when Nas joined them onstage for a performance of his 2002 single “Made You Look.” Below, watch the rapper (who needs little introduction) more than hold his own alongside El-P and Killer Mike. (SPIN)
Recently, Nas announced plans to release a new album this summer during a live Florida concert.
Last year, Nas revealed clocking in studio time with producer Timbaland and working on his Time Is Illmatic documentary gave him the inspiration needed for another studio release.
“I started working with Tim, I want to say a year and a half ago. I think it was the same year I dropped my last album, Life is Good. I started with Tim and it felt really powerful; it felt like it was really powerful. And I stepped back from it. Tim’s like, “What are you doing?” and I’m like, “I just need a minute to like — I just need a minute to take it all in, just live a little and enjoy day-by-day stuff and daily stuff I’m doing.” It’s just — I didn’t want to go back in the studio that quick. I felt like I needed to be inspired. … I wasn’t really, really, really inspired, to tell you the truth, until we started to, kind of, embark on this 20th anniversary. It wasn’t ’til then that I really started to feel it.” (NPR)
In 2013, the rap veteran admitted he decided to fall back on announcing his forthcoming project because it may have been 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)