“These are the directives for the album: ‘If it cannot be played at a funeral, childbirth, graduation, a wedding, it will not be on our record,’” Nas told the magazine. “We learned a lot from Donda 1. We learned what hit. We learned what was sticking. So we took from there. It has to be able to be played at four major moments in people’s lives. That’s crazy, right?”
The 23-year-old Atlanta native revealed he’s excited for fans to hear one particular track Ye recorded with the album’s executive producer, Future. “That’s just phenomenal,” Nas revealed, adding that you can expect Travis Scott to show up on the album, too. “Travis Scott pulled up and played beats for Ye,” he said.
When working on Donda, Nas claims he gave Ye a folder of 150 beats, with West freestyling over approximately 60 of them.
“So out of those 60 freestyles, to know that only two made the cut? That made me realize like, ‘Oh, OK. This is one of those playing fields where a lot of thought went into this track list,’” he said. “What I took from ‘Remote Control,’ ‘Junya,’ and even writing on ‘Hurricane,’ it’s like, ‘Take your time with what you make, don’t try to rush into it.’”
Nas added, “With Ye, when you play him music, if he doesn’t move to it, he doesn’t like it,” Nas says. “So if he’s not moving, I just go to the next song, and that’s kind of how I’ve been basing my track listing.”