Fans have been clamoring for a new Nas LP, but as we know, the MC only returns to the mic when the mood strikes. However, a gleam of light came from the Queensbridge legend during a recent interview with NPR.
“I started working with [Timbaland], I want to say a year and a half ago,” Nas recalled. “I think it was the same year I dropped my last album, Life is Good, [in 2012]. I started with Tim and it felt really powerful.”
Sounds good, right? But some pessimism on the rapper’s part caused production to come to a screeching halt. “I stepped back from it,” Nas continued. “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.”
Fortunately, Nas has finally gotten in a mental space to record and has taken the actions to do so. Delighted yet?
“I jumpstarted the album again ‒ the new one,” Nas boasted. “Now I’m at a place where I could play a song for somebody and they really get it and they really understand ‒ they really feel it. At first I didn’t, so I’m happy to say I’m at a place where it feels right. I talked to Swizz, and we went through joints. And No I.D. and Timbaland, you know. This the only interview I’ma talk about it, ’cause I know once this comes out, people might ask me about the record and, man, I just want to finish it and get it done.”
Stay tuned for more information on Nas’ yet-to-be titled album. Share your thoughts in the comments.