7.6.2012

Rap-Up TV: No I.D. Talks Nas, Kanye West, and Rihanna Albums

As executive vice president at Def Jam, No I.D. overseas a roster of superstars. While being honored at the 25th Annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards, the Chicago producer spoke about some of his upcoming projects including Nas, Kanye West, and Rihanna.

First up is Nas’ 10th album Life Is Good, for which he handled the bulk of production. The project marks a return to the rapper’s “Nasty” roots. “[Nas] said, ‘Hey, this is a hip-hop album. That’s what this is and that’s what I want to make and let it be a hip-hop album,'” No I.D. told Rap-Up TV.

A new Kanye West album is also in the works, but the G.O.O.D. Music compilation will drop first. “It’s for the streets. It’s Kanye. He hasn’t missed yet,” he said of Cruel Summer, due August 7.

And if that wasn’t enough, he is also beginning work on Rihanna’s next album. “I’m going in next week for about a week,” he revealed.