Nas hints at direction of new album, teases 2016 release

  /  11.30.2016

The new Nas album isn’t exactly done, but there is a “very high percentage” that it arrives this year.

Prior to receiving his REVOLT Icon Award at RMC 2016, Nas sat with Andre Harrell for an all-encompassing Music Talks sit-down, where he discussed everything from his beginnings as a storyteller to his standout performance on DJ Khaled’s Major Key. When asked about the latter, Esco divulged how the track came together and, yes, the gravity behind its title.

“I interrupted my album process to do my man Khaled’s record because the DJ is so important. I was telling Khaled that it all started with the DJ to a great extent of this whole thing. The DJ should never be forgotten and a DJ is what Khaled is at the end of the day,” Nas told Harrell. “Producer, everything that he is, he’s so many different things, but he’s true to what he started from and that’s spinning records. So, I to do that for him.”

When asked about the hot topic, Esco was mum but he manage to hint at the album’s creative direction. “My album — you got to think about [me] getting involved with “The Get Down,” going into stories of the ‘70s — 1970 in The Bronx — opened my head up to different things. So to put that record together and have what I’m feeling from my experience of working on “The Get Down,” [and] what I’ve been learning, and combine that with the way I hear music today, as soon as we mold that thing perfectly together and put the special glue in there, we’re going to give it to whoever wants to hear it.”

When asked by Harrell if this “glue” is arriving this year, Esco replied, “The glue is there, it’s coming this year. I’m squeezing the last [drop] and we gonna let it dry up.” But that’s not all. In addition to almost being done, Nas also revealed that there is a “very high percentage” the album arrives this year. “For me, I need [it to drop] this year. There’s something so interesting about this year musically that I want to play my part.”

Fourth quarter just got interesting.


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