After much anticipation, Nas has finally released the follow-up to his 2002 compilation album ‘The Lost Tapes.’ Nearly two decades later, the veteran rapper brings forth some old tracks, as well as some new perspectives.
‘The Lost Tapes 2’ is a compilation of unreleased hits, that Nas either started and didn’t finish, or finished and didn’t release. Earlier this week, Nas shared this with Trevor Noah regarding the album:
“[These songs] 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.'”
The album features Nas’s well-seasoned bars over beats produced by a variety of powerhouses, including Kanye West, Swizz Beatz, Pharell, The Alchemist, and more. One of the album’s most popular tracks at the moment is the very personal, lyrically profound track “Beautiful Life,” featuring RaVaughn and produced by No I.D. It addresses a variety of the veteran rapper’s more notorious moments, and delves into his emotions, perhaps more than any other track on the project. Among the issues discusses are the book written by the mother of his daughter, ‘It’s No Secret’ by Carmen Bryan, as well as his intense beef with fellow NY rapper Jay-Z.
The album features the talents of Al Jarreau, Keyon Harrold, David Rainer, and more. It spans 16 tracks, each one bringing forth a glimpse into different eras of the rapper’s career.
Check out Nas’s ‘The Lost Tapes 2’ here!