Nas released his most recent LP, Life Is Good, in 2012, and when the next one comes out, it will supposedly feature production by Kanye West, according to Kanye himself, who recently tweeted about a presidential promise he made, saying, “I promised Obama Ima do beats on NAS’ next album…”
The two recently appeared together on French Montana’s “Figure It Out,” from the Wave God mixtape that was released in February. Kanye also previously contributed production to a few songs on Nas’ 2006 album Hip Hop Is Dead, and coincidentally, that album was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Album, but lost out to Kanye’s Graduation.
Nas has been working on his upcoming twelfth studio album since shortly after the release of Life Is Good, the release date of which has been pushed back multiple times since 2014. In late 2013, he said of the album:
With this record, ah man … 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.