The Queens rapper is back.
Six years after Life is Good, Nas 12th studio album NASIR debuted tonight. He held his album listening party live from his native Queens, right underneath the Queensboro Bridge, and broadcasted it live on YouTube.
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Between this, Daytona, Ye, & Kids See Ghosts, the night belongs as much to Kanye West as it does to Nasir. It may have taken a while for the two hip-hop legends to cross paths, but somehow, the time simply feels right. True, Nas may have sounded at ease over the soulful samples of the Dropout era, but there’s something so pure about two veterans linking up down the line, exchanging ideas and focusing on what’s important. The music.
Perhaps Nas’ offering might not be your favorite of the so-called “Surgical Summer” joints. Still, there’s a strong case to be made that it’s the most important. Stream the album via Tidal (below) featuring guest appearances from Puff Daddy, The-Dream, 070 Shake, and Tony Williams.
Somewhat ironically considering his recent support of Donald Trump, Kanye is actually fulfilling a promise he made to Barack Obama by producing this album. In a 2016 tweet, Kanye revealed that he promised Obama he would do all the beats on Nas’ next album:
1. Not For Radio
2. Cops Shot The Kid
3. White Label
6. Adam and Eve
7. Simple Things