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Nas announces new solo album

By | Published on Wednesday 25 May 2011


Nas has announced that he is ready to record his tenth solo album, the follow-up to his untitled 2008 long player. That record was originally to be titled ‘Nigger’, but eventually went out nameless, though it did still sport the controversial cover, which showed Nas’ back with flagellation scars forming an ‘N’.

Looking back, Nas is more concerned about the musical content of that album, rather than the controversy which surrounded its name and cover. He told Billboard: “I can look back at my last record and I know that some songs didn’t belong there. I really over thought it. There was a lot going on”.

This time around, he says he is very inspired by the quality of the current hip hop scene, remarking: “I’m happy about music, it’s pushing me back into the studio. I just love what’s happening: I love Odd Future, Wayne, Drake, Kanye West, Rick Ross. It’s something that threatens my position. Or it makes me question what I’m going to do next. What kind of impact do I want to have now that I’ve been in the business this long? It’s a challenge, it’s scary even. But I’m very comfortable. I’m excited to see what comes out of me… I’m ready”.

Despite a dispute with Def Jam over the delayed release of a rarities compilation last year, during which Nas wrote a latter to the label’s bosses accusing the company of being “a rap label that doesn’t understand rap”, it seems he will stick with them for the release of this new album.