DJ Premier Hints At Collaboration With Nas For "Life Is Good"

Primo explains that he spoke with Nasty Nas about a few surprises that they have in store.

In anticipation of backing up Nas to perform Illmatic in its entirety at the upcoming Rock the Bells festival, DJ Premier hints that the two might get back to work for the rapper's upcoming tenth album Life is Good. Speaking with "Rap is Outta Control," the veteran producer explained that the Queens, New York lyricist is in a classic mindset for his final LP for Def Jam.

"We spoke about the album that he’s about to drop on Def Jam, this is actually going to be his last album on Def Jam," he said. "We spoke about a lot of things, we’re very, very happy now. That’s all I can say because the rest of it will come to light soon."

He emphasized that Nas is taking it back to the earlier days by channeling a grittier rhyme style, as heard on his new single "Nasty." "First of all, I didn’t even speak to Nas, I spoke to Nasty Nas. Chip tooth, ‘Halftime,’ ‘Back to the Grill’ again, ‘Live at the BBQ’ Nas. We spoke for almost two hours and we caught up on everything that needs to be said about each other and what needs to be done with each other. First of all, we will be doing Rock the Bells. I’m actually helping him put the show together. We already talked about the surprises, which is going to be a fun thing when we do New York."

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18 Comments

  • Josh

    Nas is the best in music atm, not only his lyrics n flow, but every time he speaks to the media or does anything public u can tell hes always analysing the world, learning. Nt like all these other niggas thinkin they got it sussed n r on top of the world. Like in anythin wen u stop learning ull get overtaken n never be the best. Fuck those dumbass niggas, Nas, J Cole, 1.

  • Navendra Rajpal

    oh fuck here we go.....this is what the 94 nas fans been waiting for 17yrs later

  • Anonymous

    I hope it really happens, because that right here is some of the best rapper/producer collaborations of all time. AZ, Black Thought and Lupe would be great for features.

  • Overkill

    I trust Primos' word. If he say nast is back then he is. its been come from several sources that nas is in a classic mindst.I dont know wat took him so long. I hate Jay be hes going to be sort of right about the ten year average... last 5 mic classic was Stillmatic in 2001..... it should come out late august.. Just about the time for Rock the Bells in NY

    • big mike

      Listen..GOD SON, LOST TAPES,Untitled,Distant Relatives were some of the best albums in the last 10 years ..hes not back he just doesnt stop getting better "GOAT"

  • The MG

    I'd definitely like to see this happen again. I mean I'm not one of those people that keeps asking Nas to work with the same producers from Illmatic again, but anytime Nas and Premo make a song together, magic happens. I was just listening to NY State of Mind Pt. 2 last night. Great example of what I'm talking about.

  • Maris Pelshs

    Nas & AZ again on premo Beat it would be Epic!!!

  • Sensaye252

    Just like he and Nas supposedely recorded a 'whole album' a few years ago right? Every time Nas is working on a album we here shit like "Nas is working with Pete Rock", "Nas is working wit Premo", "Nas is in the lab with Havoc and Mobb Deep". Then the album drops and all them niggas are M.I.A. and the whole album is produced by Salaam Remi and a bunch of no-names. No disrespect to Salaam Remi 'cause I think he's a ill producer.

    • OverKill

      Dont knock it yet. for some reasn i feel its real this time. i mean the way he rhymed on "Nasty" gave me goosebumps. I just hope he dont have mad features. and bring that classic sound hiphop been missing.He needs the alchemist too.

  • Doubl Negative

    I'd like to see it happen, but I'm not holdin' my breath.

  • Josh

    Anticipated more than the Euro-pop Detox.

  • Anonymous

    Too bad Premo's lying.

  • kayel18

    COME ON NAS! Make this shit happen! Give us at least ONE Premo joint on Life is Good!!

    • Crash2k11

      @Cage yeah im deciding the same thing too. they got V.I.P. but its alot but im saving for this shit. I want to attend the meet and greet...

    • Cage

      ^^^ I was thinkin the same shit... I'm not greedy.. At LEAST a one piece, Nas... And im not sure if i should get the regular or VIP for RTB in New York.. Governors island looks like a big ass field

  • dirtysouthernhotshot

    Yes. No more bullshit. Let's go Esco.

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