Nas made his triumphant return with the Hit-Boy produced album, King’s Disease. This project frames Nas in a way many thought would happen when he teamed up with Kanye West for NASIR. During a recent interview with The Breakfast Club, Nas explains why NASIR fell short of expectations.
“I don’t know what went wrong. I did want to work more with [Kanye],” Nas says around the interview’s six-minute mark.
NASIR was part of a hectic G.O.O.D. Music 2018 rollout during which Kanye promised fans that the label would drop a new album every week in June. At first, fans were excited to see Kanye put his all into his artists but it soon became apparent that the super-producer had bitten off more than he could chew. This experiment was marred by delays and resulted in several lackluster albums—including NASIR.
“We spent time and I was working on ideas. He would give me a few loops and I would write to them but they weren’t finished,” Nas continued. “He was working on a lot. He had [Kid Cudi], he had Teyana Taylor, he had his album and I was the only one coming in starting fresh. So, I had less time with him. We really did that album the week it was supposed to come out.”
The rushed process was heard and felt by listeners. Despite this, Nas doesn’t regret locking in with ‘Ye. “I like ‘Cop Shot the Kid.’ I like ‘Adam and Eve,'” Nas said. “It’s a short album. We just didn’t get enough time. I wish we would’ve worked on it more.”
After regaining his footing with King’s Disease, Nas seems to be ready to continue his stride as he teased a “secret” upcoming project.
“Not ten years,” Nas said after the co-hosts claim that fans won’t get to see this project until a decade from now. Nas then refuses to talk about it further but he confirmed it was close to seeing daylight earlier in the interview.
Although Nas doesn’t shed light on the project, there is a lot of speculation surrounding this “secret” album. Rick Ross has gone on record multiple times stating that he would like to executive produce a Nas album. Also, Lupe Fiasco mentioned that he and Nas could be working on an EP in the near future.
Watch Nas’ full appearance on The Breakfast Club above.