Though he just released his collaborative album Watch the Throne with Kanye West, Jay-Z is already recording new music. According to producer No I.D., Hov has “started again” on laying down fresh material, but that he’s unclear if it’s for a new album.
“Jay has started again,” he told Billboard.com’s The Juice. “He played me a couple of things. I gave him some music while we were at the ‘Watch the Throne’ sessions. But with Jay, you never know what he’s really doing, thinking, planning until it’s really done… I’m sure he’ll make a decision one day to make an album very quickly, like he usually does. He’s one of the best, period. I think he’s at a place where he has visions of what he wants to do, and it’s not really dependent on any of us. It’s dependent on his vision and he’s gonna do it, [and] hopefully I’ll be involved.”
No I.D., who was recently appointed EVP of A&R at Def Jam Recordings, also spoke on his upcoming work for Nas’ and Common’s albums, the latter of which he is producing in its entirety. “We’re really trying to revive a certain part of hip-hop that seems to be fading out,” he said. “They’re gonna be full bodies of work that are really dedicated to the fan base. I think [Nas’ new single] ‘Nasty’ and ‘Ghetto Dreams’ are just the cusp of what they have on their albums.”