Nas' Next Album Is Actually Not Finished Yet

Kyambo "Hip-Hop" Joshua explains the delay of Nas' next album on the Rap Radar podcast.

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DJ Khaled secured an exclusive bit of news on his album Major Key when he got Nas to record a song called “Nas Album Done.” It not only showed he was at the top of his game again, but it confirmed that his Life Is Good follow-up was finished.

Then, Khaled and Nas dropped a dope video for the song, where the pair travel to the Bahamas and kick it with Jamaican dancehall legend Ox. It built more excitement that Escobar Season was coming.

But according to Kyambo “Hip-Hop” Joshua, Hip Hop Since 1978 co-founder and veteran A&R, the album isn’t actually done yet. During the interview with Elliott Wilson and Brian “B. Dot” Miller before the opening of the Reasonable Doubt exhibition and pop-up in New York City, he revealed it was only 75 – 85 percent finished.

“It was just him traveling and involved with everything else he got going on right now, which is a lot,” he said of the delay. “Now we about to finish off and go back in, there’s not much left to do. He just wants to rewrite a couple verses.”

While the bad news is will probably not get a new Nas album in 2016, Hip-Hop speaking on the project means he’ll be involved in some capacity. His track record includes being a part of classics like Jay Z’s The Blueprint, Beanie Sigel’s The Reason, and a majority of Kanye West’s discography, from College Dropout to Watch the Throne.

“It’s some of the best stuff I’ve heard him do,” he says of the album. We’ll take his word for it.

For more gems, you can listen to the interview here.

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