XXcLusive: Nas Talks Lost Tapes 2, Influence & Future Projects [VIDEO]
XXLMag.com recently got the chance to catch up with Nas at Heineken’s Encore event in New York City over the weekend and when asked about his thoughts on his legacy in the game, God’s Son revealed he had even larger plans to share with his fans.
After acknowledging his influence over Kanye West, Jay Electronica, Drake and J. Cole—“[There] my babies,” he said—Nasir Jones shared this: “There’s something in the air right now that’s calling me to do something bigger than I’ve ever done before and I’m excited about it.” [Watch below]
Nas recently made headlines when an angry email of his addressed to Def Jam Recordings leaked onto the Internet, blasting the label for refusing to release a sequel to his 2002 compilation, Lost Tapes. Giving insight into the problem, the Queensbridge MC told XXL that he feels like Def Jam is singling him out.
“You record a lot of records, and things that don’t make the album, they get put to the side and you don’t know what to do with them,” he explained. “They sit around and they start taking on a form of their own and it belongs in an album. That’s what I’d like to do. So of course my new album is priority for the record company people and even me, but just trying to find time to put Lost Tapes and then this out—’cause everybody drops mixtapes and stuff like that and they don’t have a problem with it, but my shit comes and it’s like they’re holdin’ it with gloves…I’m like, come on, guys, I just wanna go out and play with the rest of ’em; with the niggas out their putting their shit out.” [Watch below]
While he says they have yet to resolve the issue, Nas offered, “We’re working that out.” Hopefully for fans Lost Tapes 2 will make its way to store shelves soon. —Elan Mancini with reporting by Nicki Nahmeanez