Almost 30 years on from its inception, Nas has finished and released his single, “Life is Like a Dice Game.”
The rap veteran first recorded the track in 1993, during the recording sessions for his debut album, Illmatic. However, the song was never completed and got shelved, only to resurface on YouTube mixtapes and online leaks.
Now, the song has finally been finished and released through the RapCaviar x Spotify Singles series with new verses from Cordae and Freddie Gibbs and updated production by Hit-Boy.
“Spotify pulled out a leak from the ’90s that I did eons ago and asked if I could resurrect it,” Nas explained to Complex. “I can’t remember where I recorded it, or who produced it—maybe Easy Mo Bee, he was killin’ the game at the time. Carl Chery [Head of Urban Music at] Spotify, suggested we connect with Freddie Gibbs and Cordae to bring the song new life and I loved it.”
Besides Gibbs and Cordae, Nas also laid down a fresh verse for the single, where he raps about resurrecting the track. “This original recording hit the street ’round ‘93 / Was just a leak, the verse was incomplete, reconstructed the beat / So we can fuck up the street / Back to the future, patch up the bloopers / Match up the cadence with the back in the day shit,” he rhymes.
Late last week, Nas also dropped an expanded edition of his sophomore album It Was Written on its 25th anniversary. His last album was 2020’s King Disease, which featured collabs with A$AP Ferg, Fivio Foreign, DJ Khaled and more.
Gibbs, on the other hand, dropped “Big Boss Rabbit” in April. Cordae collaborated with Common on the song “What’s Life,” released last month. Hear them team up with Nas on the long-awaited “Life is Like a Dice Game” below: