Nas Announces Mass Appeal Records Deal, Release Of "Lost Tapes 2"

Nas will become an independent act once his recording contract with Def Jam expires.

Nas will become a Mass Appeal Records artist once his Def Jam Recordings contract expires, according to Billboard.  

"I'm excited to be a part of creating and supporting future careers and legacy artists, promoting love and finding new genius to help the world," Nas said in an email to Billboard. "I'm going to be as involved as I need to be, but I also want to be respectful of the art and give artists the space they need to grow and become themselves."

Mass Appeal Records is co-founded by Nas and Peter Bittenbender. The latter is a co-founder of Decon Records, which will continue to operate as a creative studio and shift its acts to Mass Appeal.

The imprint, which will be distributed by Sony’s RED, is slated to release a compilation this summer featuring material from Future, Pusha T, Mac Miller, A$AP Mob and Nas. Nas will cover Gang Starr’s “Mass Appeal” song on the release. 

Another Mass Appeal project is slated to be Nas' Lost Tapes 2. A Pimp C posthumous album is also on its slate.

Mass Appeal’s other recording acts are Boldy James, Bishop Nehru and Fashawn. 

"Nas is a tremendous artist and one of hip-hop’s all-time greats," Doug Morris, CEO of Sony Music Entertainment, said to Billboard. "We are delighted to welcome him back to the Sony Music family.”

Nas released his early material through Sony Music's Columbia Records.

RELATED: Nas' Album Sales: From "Illmatic" To "Life Is Good"

56 Comments

  • Anonymous

    "everyone laughed at 50 when he went indie" And now that every single has flopped, their laughing even harder.

    • Anonymous

      none of his singles flopped and 50 don't have a indie recording deal like nas he has a distribution deal

  • Anonymous

    They talk about it on the book "Nas Lost: A Tribute To The Little Homie". You should check it out.

  • Anonymous

    I been hearing for years that Nas lost the original rhyme book with Illmatic rhymes on it and had to rewrite the whole album with totally different rhymes (probably the reason why it only have like 10 tracks). I wonder where the hell did that rhyme book go

  • Anonymous

    50 did the same thing everybody laughed now Nas do it its a power move

  • Dave

    Good to see Nas working on the same label as Fashawn.

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  • DMX

    We don't play. and that silencer will silence any cock sucka that got something to say.

  • Anonymous

    Lost tapes 2 should be tight

  • banzi1983

    This is more a "POWER" move then it is a "MONEY" move, the more legendary artists go indie, the more they inspire upcoming artists to do the same...the revolution will not be televized

    • georgel

      its televised, unless your trying to sound cool in that case awesome, your my idol. anyone who uses z in place of s is cool in my book. now just started using the word bro all the time and drive a big ass hummer while drinking monster energy drink and cussing out all the drivers with little cars and youll be the coolest man on this planet

  • Anonymous

    He might just be going indie for the Lost Tapes albums. I remember Def Jam wouldn't give him a big budget to do it because it was a side album. His main album might stay on Def Jam, who knows.

  • Anonymous

    This the final nail in the coffin for Nas' career, dude's beyond lazy, now he wants to do shit on his own, anybody remember Ill Will Records?

    • Anonymous

      ^^ My man. OP's comment was just obvious trolling and you felt for it. Miserably.

    • Shut Up Hoe

      That was 20 years ago. 20 paying homage to a fallen friend and 40 worth millions with hella respect and critical acclaim is whole other life. Another judgmental "Anonymous" caucasian with contempt of a successful Bruva!!

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  • Anonymous

    First Jeffrey. Then X. Now 50 and Nas. RIP to their careers.

  • Anonymous

    A quickie suppose to be quick bitch I kept on my shoes Oh you thought we had a love thing girl you confused Don't listen to the gossip it's never ever true They say I do things that I never ever do On the radio, they say me and you a item Nas fall in love with hoes me I just like 'em

  • J G

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  • Anonymous

    Lost Tapes 2! Best news in a while.

  • SDK

    G.O.A.T Y'all going to bow holmes, it's Dow Jones .80 cal chrome Needed time alone to zone The mack left his iPhone and his 9 at home My queen used the milkshake to bring y'all to my slaughter houses I do this for the group home kids in boarding houses This is that nigga shit that's on the album For the niggas inside the chalk line in 40 houses Bring back Arsenio Hip-hop was aborted So Nas breathes life, back into the embryo Let us make man in our image Spit it, I'm Huey P in Louis V throwing Molotov for Emmit You aint as hot as I is All of these fake prophets are not messiahs You don't know how high the sky is The square milage of Earth, or what pi is I'm the shaky hand that touched Geogre Foreman in Zaire The same hand that punched down devils that brought down the towers

    • Anonymous

      You have way too much time in your hands. Seriously. Get a fucking life. And get Nasir's cock out your damn mouth.

    • SDK

      Silk shirts on my chest show what a flirt Halle Berry blew a kiss at the Barbara Streisand concert Silk pants colored pink, gators match gangster musical thing And I'll front like my doo doo don't stink Instinct like Cuba Gooding steppin out the latest toy Hazard lights blinkin, gators hit the floor Everybody watch the red carpet entrance, cameras flashin Just to think, that was yesterday's action Cause today goes either way - we came a long way from hallway steps and hand-me-down shit Fuck my foes, I seen the other side, NexTel cell roam Call the chopper phone, heliport in my home Quincy Jones posters Wake up, guns under my pillow, I can't talk around chauffeurs Shit is better than a novel, autobiographic Spit it on tracks, it becomes classic Start some, make my heart pump, spark one, I'm God son NAStradamus, last one to blast one when the NARC's come Know how to leave anything in thirty seconds When you feel the heat, comin and flee with the murder weapon I'll release one, shot you deceased, learn your lesson Your flesh turn to maggots, bastards, you past it Cremate your flesh to ashes You don't need a suit, no wake, no funeral, and no casket

    • SDK

      Plug the mics up, I'm ready to rock, knocking Reminiscing of measuring pots of Pyrex, cook in the kitchen Captain Hook to these infants It's like my folks is still on the benches Surrounded by villains and henchmen, was a killer convention 1991, son, gold fronts on the facial, gun buck by the naval Disciple could blaze you, we laced it with embalming fluid Rhyming to music all this time Fighting 'bout how Kane and Rakim would do it Seemed impossible to us that we could ever leave From the block, where the world was forever freezing Hell if I ever let them shovel me, son, in this cell again Fuck these devil policemen, plush leathers, I need them Risking my freedom, burners in bubble coats Fuck a sermon from the neighborhood pope He's sexing ho's, old fart, he's busting ones when he stroke Multi-colored Pelle Pelle's, young stretch mark bellies Babies born in a cycle, future disciples

    • SDK

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    • Anonymous

      Take 27 emcee's put them in a line and they're out of alignment My assignment since he said retirement Hiding behind 8 Mile and The Chronic Gets rich but dies rhyming This is high science Now add 23 more from Queens to B-more I'm over their heads Like a bulimic on a seesaw Now that's 50 porch monkeys ate up at the same time

    • Nick

      A drug dealer's dream Stash CREAM keys on a triple beam Five hundred SL green, ninety-five nickle gleam Condominium, thug dressed like a gentleman Tailor made ostrich, Chanel for my women friend Murderin, numbers on your head while I'm burglarin Shank is servin em, whassup to all my niggaz swervin in New York metropolis, the Bridge brings apocalypse Shoot at the clouds feels like, the holy beast is watchin us Mad man my sanity is goin like an hourglass Gun inside my bad hand I sliced tryin to bag grams I got hoes that used to milk you Niggaz who could've killed you Is down with my ill crew of psychoes Nas Escobar movin on your weak production Pumpin corruption in the third world we just bustin

    • SDK

      Niggaz thinkin shit sweet, I carry big heat Wavy hair chipped teeth, up in this bitch deep Queens murder clicks meet, yellow tapes on black gates Mediterranean, projects is like Kuwait I escape into zones, that's irregular Why debate on a phone, I'm solar cellular Escobar 600, you just a crumb inside a world where the rich run it, curriculum of a mathologist Deep throats, they try to swallow this Anthropologists, dynasties of great knowledgists I preserve in my dome, niggaz mics is full of silicone Spot's blown, guerilla ice on this killer's life I put my word on it Now you can sleep on or rock or swerve on it Nas is menage a trois' on Mount Aire lodges We like a smooth fam', but rougher than how DeBarge is Catchin charges, of marksmen, livin heartless Grab a cartridge, cock my shit on some Mobb shit We mobbin, puttin niggaz in mausoleums From Queens cross the Throgs Neck, heads bop, I see 'em

    • SDK

      Nigga what you think I'ma stop building I'ma stop feeling like I'm Amistad's great great grandchildren How I'm not gonna want to make millions Since the quarter water days in the hallways making fake coke Pass with the Reeses Pieces wrapper in my mouth all day But then my style has quite a while that same type as Ill and Al Skratch Game time to them cats never looked back Cristal blowing dub sacks That's when it all just hit me You see the broads and Bentleys is nothing less my nigga spend it all with me I'd give it all away quickly Just to hear them all I'd buy some new kicks free of any autographs so not to be recognized forgive me It's becoming unbearable Making hits is easy Put a famous bitch on the hook there you go with a platinum CD I know you heard the noise Preachers touching on altar boys Sodomizing not realizing God is watching before the Lord How can they do the devil's work? A man giving another man head in church Hell it hurts just to fathom the thought wishing that I fled the EartH

    • SDK@HOTMAIL.COM

      late night, candlelight, fiend with diesel in his needle Queensbridge leader, no equal I come from the Wheel of Ezekiel to pop thousand dollar bottles of Scotch, smoke pot and heal the people Any rebuttal to what I utter get box-cuttered Count how many bad honeys I slut, it's a high number Name a nigga under the same sky that I'm under Who gets money, remain fly? Yeah, I wonder Eyes flutter as love when Nas pops up Stars get starstruck, panties start drippin The ways of Carlito, blaze, torpedo cigars Drop Rolls, hoes drop clothes Louis the XIII freaks, women nice size I ride like Porsches, thick, brown and gorgeous It ain't my fault, semiautomatic weapons I brought the world Crazy, I'm rich and Im girl-crazy Dick 'em, convince 'em all to praise me They ideology is confusion, I lose 'em Fellates me, who hate me? My gun off safety Since the Tunnel and Skate Key, my jewelry in HD

  • junMaf*ckn

    Nas Going Indie Is A Smart Move. He's The GOAT. Nas IS The Machine.

  • Anonymous

    Nas is indie now and his indie label is co-owned by a white guy. They're going to have to write a sequel to the New York Times Bestseller Nas Lost: A Tribute To The Little Homie

    • Anonymous

      when did 50 the same everyone laughed, now Nas its a great move smh

    • Anonymous

      everyone laughed at 50 when he went indie

    • Anonymous

      What's wrong with going indie? And so what if it's co-owned by a white guy? Y'all find any little thing to hate on.

    • Anonymous

      his def jam deal aaint expired yet. co owned by white guy. so? NY Times best seller my ass. Keep opening amazon accounts to comment on how good the book no one is buying is.

  • Anonymous

    Nas covering Gang Starr's Mass Appeal should be interesting.

  • True

    Nas need to step up his beat game. His beats weak as fuck. Need to stop using Salaam remi and get new cats to make ur beats. Its like driving a ferrari wit cheap gas.

    • CABONE

      Man does he ever need better beats. His selection of beats are average at best. That was why Jay-Z over took him and became who he is now. He gets the best producer and they give him the bounce that appeals everybody not just hip hop heads. He can still spit what he does just needs better music.

    • Anonymous

      Hearing Nas rap over shitty modern day casio keyboard beats would be the last signal I need to walk away from this shit for good.

  • NFRA

    I love Nas man but he never sounds ANY different. just gonna be same same old laid back street poetry hes been doing for 20 years.. but like em did with mmlp2 hes just trying to get super hype with the title

    • Geert Wilders the great

      @ jack Nas never was true to him self! Nigga was playing the role of famous druglord pablo escobar, selling dope, shooting niggas etc. and then he switch to some conscience shit or some prophet shit One word: NAS ESCOBAR

    • HHp

      @ pppffd Now you know Geert Wilders is a silly white guy from the Netherlands, right? en dat zeg ik als blanke Nederlander But it seems you're pretty dumb anyway So have fun with it...mafkees

    • Pat

      You're right he's consistently dope.

    • pppffd

      Ohh you mean collaborating with pop stars making pop songs for the radio? Nahh go back to Europe you silly white boy. I hope one day you get murdered like the genocides in the past. Geert Wilders for life!

    • Jack

      The thing is Nas has always stayed true to himself. Compared to other artists who have changed their sound namely Jay Z, Eminem and etc and use 'versatility' as an excuse to cover up for their fall where as Nas appeals to those who like his poetry/storytelling and enjoy his music even if to some they sound the same.

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