Nas Speaks On Tenth Album, “I’m Trying To Have Peace And Love”

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Nas‘ last studio album (originally titled “N*gger“) sparked some major controversies with everyone from 50 Cent to Bill O’ Reilly.

Although the marketing plan worked for the most part, Nas claims that he wants his next LP to be focused on happiness and love.

Nasir has been involved as of late in a surprisingly public legal conflict with his ex-wife Kelis over numerous issues, including child support.

It’s funny; drama is something that definitely kicks a fire underneath artists,” Nas tells Billboard. “But I try not to make that my focus. I’m trying to have peace and love.” “My shit right now is age-appropriate for myself. I love everything, most of the things that are going on musically. But my music will talk about what I see, how I see it, and it should be interesting. My last things were about what I felt about hip-hop and what I felt about race matters. This new thing will be a natural thing. I have a few things that I feel like doing, but who knows what it will be.”

Nas, currently performing on the Rock The Bells tour, says that he is currently wrapping up the project with Bob Marley-offspring Damian “JR Gong” Marley, and that when “Distant Relatives” is complete, he will resume work on his LP.

He also believes that the collaboration album will help to shape hip-hop back into what it was when Nas first stormed onto the scene.

I think it is headed in a good direction,” he says. “Everybody is trying to beat the life back into it. People are forced to beat the life back into it because it’s either that or, if hip-hop dies completely, then it’s our fault. So no one wants that on their shoulders. No one wants that on their brain. We have a responsibility to keep this shit crunchy. That means a lot to fans and people, and we should care more about the music.”

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