Nas Discusses Choosing "The Don" As His New Single

Nas explains how he came to choose the Salaam Remi, Da Internz, and Heavy D-produced cut for his latest single.

As Nas readies his 10th LP, Life Is Good, the Queens emcee reflects on the latest release from the album, "The Don ."

"When Salaam [Remi] played me the beat for it, I said, 'That's the single — do this and do that and we're golden.' So he started flipping it around," said Nas of the cut in an interview with MTV News.

Nas recalled how the passing of Heavy D, one of the song's producers along with Salaam Remi and Da Internz, coincided with the development of the song. "When we heard that Heavy D died, of course we were messed up, and Salaam called me and told me, 'You know your record "The Don?" You know who gave me that, right?':

"He's like, 'Heavy D gave me that. He liked what we did with the other single, "Nasty ," and he sent me this record.' And the rest is history," Nas continued. "So rest in peace, Heavy D."

Watch the interview below:

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73 Comments

  • Anonymous

    The Don The God The King!

  • Anonymous

    The only Jones who can fuck wit me is " my nigga Nas" but I got stronger after Ether.. Jayz Nigga lied to ya he got Euro after Ether... Lol

  • Anonymous

    Greatest rapper alive and that's official! Nigga's get mad...

  • Anonymous

    this shit is terrible

  • Reas

    I'm Nas fan but I think he should keep working with younger artists and producers. He can still keep his style of lyricisms and concepts but he has to evolve a little so fans this generation and the last one wont look at him as a relic of the past. I want Nas to win!

    • 7nims

      Co-sign that, and truthfully I think I am the only person with the plan the ca bridge the old nas, now nas and future Nas

  • Shane

    Niggas who hate on Nas is corny str8 up all the hate against the Man who killed Jay, and 50....

    • fatalcontents

      What a lie. Jay may have more money but the battle was Takeover vs Ether. They voted and Nas won the battle. Its the biggest blowout in hip hop beef now Ether is used as slang for a dope diss track.

    • pinots

      ^^ Last time i checked the battle was about lyrical skill, not who would make the most money after the battle was OVER! Nas won, the battle ended, they both moved on...

    • ETK

      why are you people still bringing up Jay-Z in this shit? fuck sakes

    • QB

      @Reno.. that shit is dumb, saying Jay won "considering what happened after the battle". A battle is a battle, it ends when both guys stopping spittin and the people judge. Jay lost.. that's like saying cuz Buster Douglas didn't do shit after he beat Tyson, that Tyson "really" won their fight..

    • Anonymous

      Who killed Jay? You must've forgot all the successful records Jay released after the battle.

    • Reno

      Last time I checked, Jay was the true winner of the battle considering the aftermath. I say that as a Nas fan too

  • Shane

    The Don is Crack and I'm a Hov fan....

    • ETK

      actually, niggas act like Ether dropped two fuckin months ago! suckers need to let it go, and im sayin that as an impartial fan.. tho I like Nas slightly more

    • Brooklyn stand the fuck up!

      Lmao niggas act like Ether didn't never happend...... And u got a clown talkin abt he a nas fan but nas lost to Jay nigga atleast b a man and say u a Jay Stan... Str8 pussies! Nas tru King! Even Pajambi Mc said he lost.. Niggas act like Bleek didn't say it was a sad day for the roc when ether dropped 12-4-01.... Haters get mad

  • Shane

    Lol niggas act like PAC was the only dude wearing badana's niggas been rocking Badana's in NYC and Cali for years before Nas and PAC was alive!

    • fatalcontents

      I'm just sick of ppl saying Waynes the best alive. Nas's albums are masterpieces and Wayne is fading quick. If Wayne is really your favorite then you don't shit about hip hop.

  • Shane

    Illmatic, It was written, Stillmatic, Lost Tapes, God's Son, Untitled, Distant Relatives and Now The Don or Life is good what ever the title is shit about to B another Classic under Nas belt.... The GoldenChild is the greatest Mc ever u morons....... Nas Olu Dara Jones! Ohh I forgot I'Am was ill also....

  • Nas is da shyt

    Yo Nas man yo what the fuck man fuck this punk bitch made mafioso shit, get with that rough shit man, that street hood gangsta black nigger type of shit man that Illmatic type of shit.

  • Nas is a funky nigga

    Yo Nas man fuck this punk bitch made mafioso shit, get with that rough shit man, that street hood gangsta black nigger type of shit man that Illmatic type of shit

  • Esco

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  • jason

    i love this single!! i love when Nas does stuff with reggae dancehall in the mix. Nasty was ok but this Don joint is an anthem for reggae clubs!!

  • Anonymous

    from africa to the streets nas? gtfoh i feel you you need that paper this album gonna be worse than nastradamus

  • TD91

    Nas sold out just like every other legendary rapper STILL trying for radio/cross over/kids attention. Dude is washed up, The Don is a weak single. Loud, repetitive, annoying beat, cheap gun threats. Super weak. Nas stans love it, they love anything Nas, just like Eminem stans love anything Em. I love Nas, but i call out his wack shit. I haven't felt a Nas album since Stillmatic (Lost Tapes comp too). Working with Da Internz is a calculated sellout move. He sees them getting wack shit on the radio, he figures he needs the name. He sees Lil Wayne and Nikki on the radio, he figures he needs to say yes and work with them. Nas got no heart man. Going gets tough he shuts down. Like backing off his NIGGER album title and delivering pop singles to please Def Jam after all the rebellious HYPE. Nas stans literally cannot look at Nas with any sense of objectivity. Nas has more wack shit in his catalog than any legendary emcee I can think of. Album with Damian Marley? Holy shit, did Nas come weak on that. Lazy as hell, Damian did the heavy lifting, and it was weak. Cult favorite, regaee fans skipped it, and long time Nas fans weren't feeling it like that. Guy has been running on fumes for a long time people, now he's building up for one last hurraah and major cashout, and could careless what anyone thinks as long as he's getting paid. The same mentality that killed Hip Hop. Ironic coming from the nigga that said Hip Hop Is Dead to sell records. Sad the way Nas played out, coulda been the undisputed greatest.

    • ETK

      another "I'm a fan, but I diss his wack shit! so I'm a real fan! let me tell you like it is" nigga fuck outta here

    • Anonymous

      Com on son ur boy Jayz went Euro! Hanging out with niggas who where skirts! Lol

    • L-Boogie

      Nigga please! I never see Nas fans dickriding him all the time like Wayne, Eminem, or Jay stans. But I always see his trolls and haters like you on every Nas article writing paragraphs and essays on an MC you don't like. Did Nas take your girl or something nigga? You claim Nas sold out like every other rapper but what you fail to realize that despite Nas's mainstream success he still kept it lyrical. Untitled is a very good album and Distant Relatives was even better! Nas fans weren't feeling it? I suggest you look up the review on this site and you'll see what Nas fans are saying. Just because Nas goes over your head doesn't mean he fell off, it means you fell off nigga! Just admit it, you love his style nigga, keep hating.

  • So Icy Boi!

    lmao & Nas tryna make southern muzik. this beat jackz Lil Waynes 6 Foot 7 Foot production style. Nas said "hip hop iz dead cuz of tha southern rappers".... now every NY nigga wannabe southern rapper. LMAO!!!! swag

    • Anonymous

      U is a fag talkin abt a south beat? Nigga that's the NYC break beat the heavy D beat u clown!

    • Icy Boy Is a FAG

      Nas never said hip-hop was dead because of southern hip-hop, you moron. It's just a few Southern rappers took offence, because deep down they're insecure about their skills. Did you see Scarface and Bun B crying? No, because they're dope. Even Lil Boosie was being disrespectful and Nas met him and he cooled out (http://princepbs.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/nas-boosie.jpg) BAW BAW BAW

  • psycho games

    NAS YOU FUCKING SELL OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Murder Man

    if its not large pro or premo could careless about what nas has to say he is fucking done ! a sell out as that smh

    • Artistry 101

      anybody knocking the beat or Nas's post-illmatic career is just dumb. the dude is an artist through and through, unlike most of the corporate manufactured noise defecating the airwaves. true artists like Nas mature and push the envelope constantly. haters gunna hate though, cuz they mad NaS be smashin' they moms LMAO

    • DK

      ^^ only responses nas stans are capable of when they've been hit with the truth. thanks for proving his statement.

    • land lord

      U mean he's done smashin ur moms???

  • Swag

    Nas is fucking garbage! Hiphopdx needs to stop giving us updates about this shitty ass rapper. Smfh.

  • Anonymous

    There is a saying like this "Only one himself knows if the shoes match his feet or not If u really love her /him, money ain't nothing but a number for these loved-up A-Listers. My BF and I both think so! He is a banker .We met via ___RichMingle.'C0'M___ a nice place for women and oldermen who have much money, ,Ever feel that you would best enjoy someone who is in your group? If u are really interested in it, maybe u wanna check it out or tell your friends.

  • mob

    track is fail. Annoying beat, wack lyrics... When I heard name and saw cover I thaught smth like "gotta be banger, gotta be some real mafioso rap shit". Shiiiit, I'm disappointed.

    • Anonymous

      And what makes you think YOUR OPINION matters more than someone else's? It's not even SUBJECTIVE. You really think all these musician's follow the FAN'S advice? Newsflash, THEY DON'T. Wayne would have stopped wearing skinny jeans, Nicki would stop rhyming in the annoying voice, Kanye would stop wearing blouses, Jay-Z would call Ski Beatz and do a Reasonable Doubt 2. Has all of that happened? NO. So why does Nas have to be the one to listen to the fans? The only ones DELUSIONAL are YOU, who ACTUALLY THINK YOU HAVE A SAY IN WHAT THESE HUMAN BEINGS DO.

    • Anonymous

      Shut up, you groupie hoe. When will Nas fans allow other opinions? Nas sold out, but his delusional stans won't realize it because he didn't say it on a track. His fans always say he doesn't care about haters, way he doesn't give a flying fucks about his fans either, otherwise he would've followed their advises.

    • land lord

      Ur also lame!!

  • ziploc

    These Pac would do this and would do that cornball dick riding squarepants kill me...did you know Pac?...no..then shut up man...Nas actually knew the man and had conversations with him,go back to jerkin off on Amber Rose pics and kill ya self after..Usually not this irate but I can't stand dick riders man..get off Pac nuts allready..

    • Anonymous

      Jayz is the sell out he thinks he European he just became a member of Coldplay..... Shit is Sad! Nas save my music please ..

  • Yamz

    LIFE IS GOOD IN STORES LATE MAY, EARLY JUNE. BRAVEHEEEEEEEEARTS!

  • Anonymous

    Nas never signed to Roc-A-Fella Records and Jay-Z was never owner of Def Jam/Universal so Jay-Z NEVER signed Nas to his label. If it was Jay's label so much he wouldn't have paid 5 million dollars to LEAVE IT. You never hear people say SCARFACE signed LUDACRIS to HIS LABEL when Scarface was president of DEF JAM SOUTH. Also those two people have buried the hatchet, made money and music together, and have been photographed numerous times within each other's company. They have let it go, perhaps so should you. Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama had a political battle and instead of splitting the party, they banded together and did business, the goal was to get Bush out of office, not continue the feud. Now they work together running the country. Grown people's business.

  • So Icy Boi!

    2Pac would killed this mofo. Nas iz a fake ass nigga. dont worry brohs! Lil Wayne iz tha new Tupac Shakur. he gon kill this clown ass nigga. fuck Nas! swag

  • Anonymous

    pac would slap nas in the face rocking the bandana like that. the don track came and went just like nasty. shit isn't right. annoying beat. nas is fucked up in the head. all the talent in the world but hes a headcase. nas is washed up. hanging on to young money for rescue, sad. be a man, be the legend. go out on your sword making good music. salaam remi aint made a nas banger since made you look, dude sucks.

    • Anonymous

      Why is 2Pac is even discussed in this article? Let the man rest in peace.

    • Anonymous

      @Yo Anon, Machiavelli wasn't evil you dumb fuck. He masterfully constructed subliminal satire that stupid people like you can't comprehend.

    • Anonymous

      he had the bandana back in 94 video. this time 2pac was one broke ass nigga.

    • Anonymous

      On Friday, March 16th, Steve Stoute interviewed Nas at SXSW Music and Media conference at the Austin Convention Center. In one portion of the sit down, Nas talks about stepping to Tupac in NYC's Central Park--after the 1996 MTV Video Music Awards--and their doomed plans to meet up again in Las Vegas to really settle their differences. "What [Tupac] said to me was, 'Me and you are brothers. Me and you are never supposed to go at it. But I heard you was dissing me on mixtapes'," recounted Nas. "I'm like, 'I heard you was dissing me on this new Makaveli album.' You were there, you know how none of us could be sitting here, me and you right now because it was a very dangerous situation right there and greater heads prevailed. We both knew we were supposed to continue that conversation and probably just squash the whole thing. I was scheduled to meet him in Vegas; you and Jimmy Iovine called me at 4AM and told me he might not make it." ^ you don't speak for everybody and you don't know what you're talking about. Epic fail, bro.

    • Yo Anon

      Another ignorant Pac stan who thinks 2pac was some sort of Messiah when he's clearly a mortal man who fell for traps and named himself from an evil man before his death. AOTP diss illuminati but obvious praise satanism/egyptian deites same with Immortal Technique praising Communism or Hopsin/Odd Future/ICP/Slim Shady praising demonic forces with shock value like Heavy Metal Music. If Pac were alive, he would be making cosigns with Bieber like every other rapper these days. If Action Bronson or Raekwon praise that clown, Pac would do the same. But Pac would had squash all his beefs with Biggie & Dr. Dre for sure. Nas is fake too. Notice how he signed to Jay's label despite dropping "Ether" and now doing songs with YMCMB who definetly don't fit his style.

    • Trife

      Nigga ur a cornball!!! PAC Loved Nas ask The Outlaws u moron!

  • Anonymous

    i mean't he ain't telling us.

  • Anonymous

    Real shit. He telling us what we want to know. When the hell the album dropping?

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