Nas Working On New Album With Timbaland
Posted by Joseph Lee on 04.24.2014
In an interview with NPR, Nas revealed that he is working on new material with Timbaland, Swizz Beatz and No ID.
On the new album: "So I jumpstarted the album again — the new one. Because I started maybe a year and a half ago with the ideas, No I.D., I'm there. Now I'm at a place where — I laid down ideas, so the ideas I lay down then, now, I'm kind of like going through 'em and I'm fixing 'em. Now I'm at a place where I could play a song for somebody and they really get it and they really understand — they really feel it. At first I didn't, so I'm happy to say I'm at a place where it feels right. I talked to Swizz, and we went through joints. And No I.D. and Timbaland, you know. This the only interview I'ma talk about it. Cause I know once this comes out, people might ask me about the record and, man, I just want to finish it and get it done."
On when he got inspired to work on it: "I wasn't really, really, really inspired, to tell you the truth, until we started to, kind of, embark on this 20th anniversary. It wasn't 'til then that I really started to feel it. Cause I got a chance — and I gotta give credit to the documentary guys. 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. I salute them dudes, man — One9, Erik Parker, the whole crew over there that's put that film together — because that's helped me find the inspiration. I found it."
On his opinion of music journalism: "But for all of us, journalism is a huge deal because you guys study the craft more than artists. It wasn't fair to throw me, as a 20-year-old guy, in front of seasoned journalists on my first album. They were asking me questions that I didn't have answers to, that I didn't understand, and I didn't understand why they would ask me this when I hadn't even have that much experience. They were asking me questions you should ask Sting and David Bowie and Miles Davis."