“I love hip-hop. I’ve loved it since I was a kid. It’s still like a dream and it’s still fresh to me. I still feel the love for it. I love the art of it. More than anything, I love the artform. That’s crazy [for hip-hop to be so popular now]. I remember when it was considered not even music. To see what it is today, I knew it would be that. [Younger influences,] I loved Jackson 5. I loved Rick James. I loved James Brown. Lots of different cool cats. [laughs] … Even if I did like a suburban life album, somebody would like it because there’s a world there that’s not being catered to. I think that would work, that might work, I got the fire underneath me.” (“Late Show With Stephen Colbert”)
“The people are great. One of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to. It was the last place I thought I would record an album but we were there and nobody bothered us. It was a good time. Kanye is the kind of guy who needed to be away from everything when he was recording I guess. He said it to me and I was like, ‘I don’t know. I’ve never been there.’ But once I got there it was a great experience. It was Jackson – I saw the mountains.” (“Late Show With Stephen Colbert”)
“It’s another album that I already had been working on before [the one with] Kanye,” he told Martinez. “Since I did this, I gotta do something that goes into another direction a little bit. I’m finishing up the next one.” Nas confirms he’s done work with Swizz Beatz and RZA (“I’m a big Wu-Tang fan”). He also acknowledged the six-year gap between 2012’s Life Is Good and this summer’s Nasir, promising the wait for his next album won’t be as long. “All the time that went by, it’s dope because now I get to do it from another level,” he said. “I get to make music from an older point of view.” (Billboard)
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