Last week, Nas surprised fans when he released his new single, “The Don.” The song, produced by Salaam Remi, Da Internz and Heavy D, was a follow up to the Queens rapper’s single “Nasty,” which was released last June. Not only did it find the legendary MC in his zone once again, but it also hinted at the reality of a new Nas album, Life Is Good, later this year. Now, he’s giving some more details about the project.
“A lot of the tracks have [come from ideas] where I would take an idea from one of the guys that I’m working with and try to put it together with a different sound that I had in my head, or with someone else,” Nas recently told MTV News. “[I] just try to get people to collaborate who are not really used to working together and to get something different from me.” Though he didn’t give any further details on whom those collaborators would be, anyone familiar with Nas’ catalog is sure to expect some big-name endeavors.
During a storied career of nearly two decades, Nas has never gone this long—almost four years, in fact—without dropping a solo project. And although he served up Distant Relatives alongside Damian Marley in 2010, Nasty knows that fans want him in his purest form.
“It’s been a long time, it’s been five years since I released a studio album, solo album; so this record is everything,” he continued. “This is everything that I’ve got to say—I guess you’ve got to live a little and you put that in your music, so it’s coming from my life.”
Now that he released his latest single, the Def Jam rapper doesn’t plan on slowing down.
“It’s a summer album,” he said. “We’re gonna shoot the video for ‘The Don’ and get ready for the next song that’s in the chamber. It ain’t gon’ stop. It’s a whole story. ‘[The] Don’ just dropped, so we’re just letting that bubble and setting up the next one.” —Adam Fleischer