Last week hip-hop celebrated the 20 year anniversary of Nas’ classic debut album “Illmatic”, but while we’re in the midst of looking back at the Queens’ legend’s classic album, Nas is gearing up for his next project. Nas recently let the hip-hop world know that he’s working on the follow-up to his 2012 critically acclaimed album “Life is Good”, Nas stated that he has been working on the next album for about a year and a half with Timbaland, No I.D. and Swizz Beatz. Nas said the inspiration for getting back in the studio is when he got involved in “Time Is Illmatic”, a new documentary that takes a look at the making and legacy of Illmatic.
Nas spoke about being inspired to make the new album:
“I gotta give credit to the documentary guys, them showing me the footage and stuff really like — it really lets you know where you come from and everything, and where you at now. I salute them dudes, man… because that’s helped me find the inspiration. I found it.”
Nas also spoke about the process for making the new album:
“I jump started the album again ‒ the new one. 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.”
No date has been announced yet for the album but in the meantime Nas has been performing the hip-hop classic in full. “Time is Illmatic” opened the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, theatrical release dates for the documentary have yet to be announced.
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