Nas’ follow-up to 2002’s The Lost Tapes has officially arrived. After dropping a bunch of teasers on Instagram and YouTube, Nas has come through with The Lost Tapes 2.
The compilation gathers previously unheard tracks from the sessions of Nas’ last four albums: Hip Hop is Dead (2006), Untitled (2008), Life is Good (2012) and last year’s Nasir. The 16-track release includes contributions by the late Al Jarreau and trumpeter Keyon Harrold on “Jarreau of Rap (Skatt Attack),” as well as appearances from RaVaughn, David Rainer, Swizz Beatz and J Myers. It also features production by Kanye West, Pete Rock, RZA, The Alchemist, Statik Selektah and Pharrell, among others.
“We was working on it for a couple of years and I didn’t really know what to do with these songs because they weren’t really songs I wanted to put on the record,” Nas explained on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. “They were just sitting there and I always thought I would come back to them and finish them off later, but it never happened. So I’m sitting there with all these songs starting to pile up and I’m like, ‘Oh I did a Lost Tapes album 17 years ago, and I think it’s time to make another one.’”
At a listening party for the compilation in New York, Nas revealed he’s already planning the third and fourth installments of the series. “So, I’ve got enough for a Lost Tapes 2 now, and a Lost Tapes 3 and a Lost Tapes 4,” he said, according to Complex. “The next one won’t [take] 17 years, each one sounds different than the last one.”
Nas is currently co-headlining the Royalty Tour with Mary J Blige. The duo previously came together for the empowering single, “Thriving.”
Stream The Lost Tapes 2 below: