Nas Reveals Inspiration for Upcoming Timbaland-Produced Album
Nas started talking about a follow-up to 2012’s Life Is Good. Last year in an interview with Huffington Post, he even called it the “next chapter” in his career. Now as he continues to progress, more details have been dropped.
This week, in an NPR interview, Nas revealed the list of producers behind this still-untitled album, No I.D., who was behind Life is Good, returns, and Timbaland and Swizz Beatz have both been in the studio with the Illmatic rapper.
However, Nas then went onto explain why he created this release, speaking about how the directors of documentary Time Is Illmatic inspired him. He said: "Them showing me the footage and stuff really like—it really lets you know where you come from and everything, and where you at now. ... That's helped me find the inspiration."
Right now, still not much is known, although collaboration “Sinatra in the Sands,” featuring Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z, may make it onto the tracklisting. Timbaland previewed it last year.
Upon its release in July 2012 on Def Jam, Life is Good drew praise from critics. Divorce from singer Kelis inspired Nas’ lyrics at the time, and both No I.D. and Salaam Remi produced the release. Life is Good debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, with nearly 150,000 copies sold its first week, and became a top 10 album in several other countries.
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