In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal, Nas has revealed that he no longer believes that Hip Hop is dead.

“It died several times, but I do believe in the heartbeat of it right now,” says Nas, whose 2006 release Hip Hop Is Deadengenders discussion even to this day about the state of the genre. “There are a lot of new artists, and artists that have been around, who are kicking ass right now. I just wanted to give a boost to people and to myself, to push people to go harder. It’s a different world now.”

No word on whether Nas’ next album will be titled Hip Hop Is Alive, but stay tuned for updates regarding the matter.