“We coming this summer, baby!” he said. “It’s going to be a hot summer up here, man!”
When asked specifically about the album’s status, Nas confirmed it was not done. Elsewhere in the article, which was published on June 5, Nas also mentioned he’s always “two weeks away from finishing.”
The anticipation for Nas’ project has been high ever since the release of DJ Khaled’s 2016 track “Nas Album Done.” The song’s title obviously led to speculation about an impending release, but months went by with no album.
HipHopDX spoke to Nas in August 2016 and asked if “Nas Album Done” was a preview of the LP’s sound. The veteran MC kept his cards close to the vest and instead focused on his bond with DJ Khaled.
“I can’t say that because everything is its own thing,” he told DX. “I just got a lot of love for Khaled and that’s the moves we make. That’s what it is. I love working with that dude.”
A summer release date for Nas’ album would certainly make sense considering he already has a 17-city tour lined up with Lauryn Hill that kicks off in September.