Nas has been in the lab recording the still untitled follow up to his 2012 release Life Is Good, and recently took some time out from the studio and revealed some details about what will be his 11th solo album, his upcoming Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake featured track, “Sinatra In The Sands,” from the album, and also spoke briefly on the 20th anniversary of his classic 1994 debut album, Illmatic, plus much more.
During a recent interview with the HuffingtonPost, Nas spoke on the follow up to Life Is Good, and started out by addressing the reason for the delay in the announcement of the album’s title:
I got a little busy, and I wasn’t sure it was really a real fit for the record. It felt like I came up with it too easy. And I like that because “Life Is Good” came up on its own. It just popped in my head. So the next title came up in a similar way, but it was probably too early.
Nas spoke on the direction of his yet to be titled album:
With “Life Is Good” it felt like hip hop needed an album to help steer the direction of the sound and the rest of the albums that were coming out that year. Or to re-encourage the ones that were working to say, “It’s ok to make a hip hop album.” And that was my goal with that. And I think I accomplished that. I think after that I saw a nice sharp turn for the better in rap albums. So that mission is completed.
With this record, ah man … It’s the next chapter in myself as a writer. I’m really excited about every new leaf I turn. Every new endeavor. I’m excited about that and all the potential that comes with everything new that I do. And all my ideas can come to fruition. And that excites me, because there’s no limits to what I can do, in terms of trying to be an inspiration. I just want to do well for the listeners out there. Do well for the whole genre. So I’m excited.
The QB legend gives some insight to his Jay-Z and JT featured track, “Sinatra In The Sands.”
Excitement… Excitement to work and be in the place that we’re all are at, musically. Those are the guys who lasted the test of time, and those guys are at the top of their game. They’re just company to be in. So that’s the whole vibe of that. And of course the title says it all.
And he reveals the concept on the song:
More like from a musician’s stand point, someone who’ve been around. Because Sinatra has been around and he has a long, long standing with the stage and the audience for years. And he evolved. His talent got better just like wine. And I think that’s something a lot of people want to achieve. So that’s what this song is really about. Striving to be the best you, like Sinatra had become.
Also during the interview, Nas briefly spoke on plans for the 20th anniversary of his debut album, Illmatic.
We’re putting together a concert. And I think we’re going to do something with the album and repackage it with special stuff. I think that’s in the works.
As of press time, a release date for Nas’ yet to be titled next album, which will be his 11th solo album, has not been revealed.
You can read Nas’ full interview, as he also discusses his business ventures and much more, with the HuffPost [here].