While gearing up for the release of his 10th album, ‘Life Is Good’, Nas got a chance sit down with Rap-Up. The Hip-Hop lyricist spoke on the concept of the album cover, collaborations, his mindset going into the project, and more. Take a look at what he had to say.

On the concept: “Life, love, joy, anger, celebration. There’s so many things you can see on that album cover. You see my life. My life is on that album cover.”

On working with No I.D. & Salaam Remi: “No I.D. and Salaam Remi are both producers who were making music in the ’90s and still make great music today, so they were best-suited to work this project ’cause they really lived it as well as I have. When we wanted some of that ’90s sound they were able to give it, but still keep it sounding like fresh original music. There’s a few different people who I grabbed beats from and we’re sequencing the record now. You might hear something from one or two other producers, but it’s basically No I.D. and Salaam.”

On collaborations: “I didn’t really see where it would fit. The only people I really wanted were AZ and Rick Ross. I’m just tryna see where I can place that on the record now as I’m sequencing.”

On his mindset going into the project: “My mindset was to pull out a side of me that people haven’t heard in a while and give ‘em that feeling that they haven’t felt in a while—a feeling that I love. And some of that feeling is ’90s-esque, some of that feeling is 2015. It’s just a feeling that I feel to be a timeless sound. So I just let it flow.” [SOURCE]

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