Nas Will Appear on Doe or Die II, AZ “Guarantees”
It seems like the dynamic duo of Nas and AZ are back at it. The two recently reunited and have been performing Nas’s seminal album, Illmatic, together onstage at this year’s Rock the Bells festival, but that’s not all. AZ tells XXLMag.com that fans can look forward to hearing God’s Son on Doe or Die II, the sequel to his 1995 debut.
“Imma say guaranteed he’ll be on that,” AZ revealed about the Queens lyricist appearance on his forthcoming album.
Asked what it was like to link back up with his partner-in-rhyme, the Visualizer said, “[With] me and him it’s like magic when we connect so, it’s that magic all over again.”
AZ and Nas have recorded dozens of tracks together since the early 1990s and along with Foxy Brown, and Nature were a part of rap supergroup The Firm. But none of the two’s songs were as popular as “Life’s A Bitch,” which served as AZ’s introduction to rap listeners. At Rock the Bells, the duo have been reciting the classic Illmatic track, and the experience has prompted the BK MC to look back at his career.
“It’s 17 years [since we recorded that song] and it only feel like yesterday,” he shared. “’’Cause it’s like me and him never aged at the end of the day.”
As of press time a release date has not been set for AZ’s Doe or Die II. The duo’s next stop at Rock the Bells is in there hometown of New York on Saturday, September 3. —Ralph Bristout