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 Dead engenders 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.