Label: Def Jam
2014 marks the 20 year anniversary of Nas' classic Illmatic. And 20 years later, we're still in awe of the Queensbridge rapper's rhymes. Nas really got his grown man on with 2012’s Life Is Good. The album, which was his first solo project since 2008’s Untitled, included joints like “Bye Baby” and “Daughters,” delving into subject subjects typically left untouched in rap. All done with the Queensbridge MC’s razor-sharp pen.
For his follow up, expect more real life raps from Esco, delivered as impressively as ever (the guest appearances he's made over the last few years, on songs like "Triple Beam Dreams" and "Let Nas Down (Remix)," have been nothing short of breathtaking). Timbaland spilled the beans about an upcoming song with Jay Z and Justin Timberlake, "Sinatra In the Sands," but Nas himself hasn't revealed too much about the album. Though he has claimed, "It’s the next chapter in myself as a writer." That’s a chapter we’re ready for. —Adam Fleischer
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