Nas has released his new album, King’s Disease, which was produced by Hit-Boy.
The New York rapper reunites with several frequent collaborators on the record, alongside a couple of new faces. They range from R&B legends Charlie Wilson to hip hop musicians such as Big Sean, A$AP Ferg and Anderson .Paak. Other guest artists on the LP include Fivio Foreign, Don Toliver, Lil Durk and Foxy Brown.
Earlier this month, Nas posted a trailer for the album on Instagram where he revealed that Hit-Boy and him had been working together on King’s Disease for some time. “I’ve been trying to do this with this man for years,” he said in the clip. “I finally got that timing right, that alignment.”
Hit-Boy had first teased the joint effort during an interview with REVOLT back in May. “Just being able to be in the studio with him was an honor, for sure,” he said. “But, making real, top-notch quality music, that made it that much more sweet. We wasn’t in there like, ‘Oh, you Hit-Boy, I’m Nas: we gonna make just anything.’ Nah, like this shit really shines, it’s spiritual.”
Nas had previewed the album’s release with the song “Ultra Black,” which included a reference to the rapper Doja Cat—who later responded to the lyric in a dismissive TikTok.
King’s Disease follows Nas’ 2018 album, Nasir, which was executive produced by Kanye West. Hit-Boy also dropped off a solo project earlier this year, The Chauncey Hollis Project, which featured his own production and vocals.
Stream the King’s Disease below: