Date: October 7
When it comes to classic NYC boom-bap, few names resonate more powerfully than DJ Premier on the beats and Nasty Nas on the mic. From "N.Y. State of Mind" and "I Gave You Power" to "Nas Is Like," Primo has been responsible for some of Nas's greatest records. But the pair have never joined forces for more than three joints on any one project. No wonder then that one of the most cherished hip-hop fantasies is the prospect of DJ Premier producing an entire album for Nas. (It would probably sound even better than that DJ Finesse mixtape of Primo and Biggie).
Over the years the flames of hope have been fanned by numerous media reports, most recently a wobbly video interview with Primo in which he told Phenom Black that Nas just has one more album to fulfill his deal with Def Jam, then he'll be free to do whatever with whomever he pleases. Let's just hope this one doesn't go the way of that whole album Timbaland was supposedly going to produce for Jay Z. "Nas is in charge," as Premier points out. "I'm just the producer." — Rob Kenner