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Nas Says His New Album Is ‘Coming This Summer’

Nas claimed he was done with his 11th album on DJ Khaled’s “Nas Album Done” from last year’s Major Key. However, it’s been about a year and he has yet to release a single from the highly-anticipated album. But that may soon change.

In an interview with The New York Times, Esco reveals that he’s “always” close to being finished with his first album since 2012’s Life Is Good. “Two weeks,” he said. “I always say I’m two weeks away from finishing.”

According to the article, Nas is ready to speak on everything he’s witnessed. “You don’t really hear about that anymore,” he explained, “and it’s missing, and that’s what I’m doing and keeping it current.”

The Queens rap icon likened his relationship to music with Frank Sinatra’s. “I listen to him because he speaks to me,” Esco explained. “Frank’s thing is just speak about life, and it resonates with everyone. When I’m in here, I’m conscious of that.”

It’s unclear when Nas’ new album will drop, but while picking out beats for the project in the NYT piece, he seemed to indicate that it’s coming soon: “We coming this summer, baby! It’s going to be a hot summer up here, man!”

In April, Nas also told Billboard that his 11th album would be dropping this year “for sure,” adding, “It’s not done ’til it hits the streets.”