Nas, short for Nassir, sat down with Huffington Post to discuss the future of the Queens rapper. He touched on his new LP which is currently in the works and what direction he wants to take it. “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,” Nas told Brennan Williams of Huffington Post.
Mr. Jones also discussed his new Wild Rabbit campaign with Hennessy and working with Jay Z, Timbaland and Justin Timberlake on “Sinatra In The Sands”. He also spoke on the upcoming 20th anniversary of his classic Illmatic album and what he plans to do in honor of the new milestone. Catch the entire interview here.
Next year will mark the 20-year anniversary of the release of “Illmatic.” Are there any special plans underway to commemorate the milestone?
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.
Earlier this year you initially planned to unveil the title to your next album. What has been the cause of the delay?
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.
One particular track off the album that has piqued fans’ interest is, “Sinatra In The Sands,” featuring Justin Timberlake and Jay Z. What was the recording process like?
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.