Though Nas has released nine solo (studio) LPs over his 16-year career, the Queensbridge legend’s non-album resume is nearly as celebrated within hip-hop’s inner circle as his retail output. Just ask diehard God’s Son fans about The Lost Tapes, his 2002 collection of unreleased tracks, all mastered and finally available crisp in sound and legitimate in presentation. Several XXL staffers, in fact, believe that The Lost Tapes is one of Nas’s best albums to date.
That’s why the news that surfaced last night has us chomping at the collective bit. Nas announced, via Twitter, that he’s looking to drop The Lost Tapes 2 on December 14. What he didn’t reveal, however, is the set’s track listing. It’s not as if there’s a scarcity of unreleased Nas material that’s hit the Internet since The Lost Tapes impacted eight years ago. He’s put out several mixtapes since then, on top of loose mp3s that have shown up on various blogs or right here in the Bangers section.
Here, XXL compiles what we’d love to hear on The Lost Tapes 2, fully mastered and without the DJ tags and, at times, less-than-desirable sound quality. First, revisit these 11 rare Nas cuts, and then take the comments section to let us know what other songs of his you’d like to hear in all their official glory come mid-December.
“Film” [Produced by C-Sick, the winner of Redbull’s Beat Contest]
“Esco (Let’s Go)” [included on 2008’s Green Lantern-hosted The Ni**er Tape]
“The World” [Produced by Kanye West]
“Street Riders” [feat. Game & Akon; included on Game & DJ Skee's 2010 mixtape Brake Lights]
“Talk of New York”
“Cops Keep Firing” [included on 2008’s Green Lantern-hosted The Ni**er Tape]
“Hope (Original Version)”
“If I Ruled the World ’09” [feat. Marsha Ambrosius]