Nas has been laying low while he records the follow-up to Life Is Good, but the hip-hop icon took some time to update The Huffington Post on his latest projects including his new album, clothing line HSTRY, and his partnership with Hennessy.
In honor of the 20th anniversary of his debut Illmatic next year, he is planning to repackage the album and throw a concert.
Nas, who recently turned 40, also shared more details about “Sinatra in the Sands,” his Timbaland-produced collaboration with Jay Z and Justin Timberlake, and his “banger” with Mariah Carey.
Check out highlights from the interview below.
On how he plans to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Illmatic: “We’re putting together a concert. And I think we’re going to do something with the album and repackage it with special stuff.”
On his new album: “It’s the next chapter in myself as a writer. I’m really excited about every new leaf I turn. Every new endeavor. I’m excited about that and all the potential that comes with everything new that I do. And all my ideas can come to fruition. And that excites me, because there’s no limits to what I can do, in terms of trying to be an inspiration. I just want to do well for the listeners out there. Do well for the whole genre. So I’m excited.”
On “Sinatra in the Sands” with Jay Z and Justin Timberlake: “Those are the guys who lasted the test of time, and those guys are at the top of their game. They’re just company to be in. So that’s the whole vibe of that. And of course the title says it all. … So that’s what this song is really about. Striving to be the best you, like Sinatra had become.”
On his Mariah Carey collaboration: “That’s on her album, and it’s a banger! I was excited to get back in the studio with her. She’s one of the greatest voices of our generation. She’s on another level. Just working with an artist that big really shows me how much further I can go. I’ve been inspired just sitting there talking to her. She’s very smart and extremely talented. And I’m just happy to work with her again.”
For the full interview, visit The Huffington Post.