Nas has revealed that the driving force behind him putting out so much music over the last three years is one coming from a higher power.
On Saturday (July 22), the Queensbridge rap legend took to Twitter to give a brief explanation about his musical output and where it all actually stems from.
“I’m happy to be around making new music because I love it,” he said. “Having the best year of my life. I caught the Holy Spirit and I’m grateful to be giving it all to the world. Magic 2.”
You can check out Nas’ tweet below:
I’m happy to be around making new music because I love it. Having the best year of my life. I caught the Holy Spirit and I’m grateful to be giving it all to the world.
— Nasir Jones (@Nas) July 22, 2023
Magic 2 — which was released on Friday (July 21) — is the fifth collaborative project between Nas and Hit-Boy since 2020. The first, King’s Disease — which was released in August 2020 — bagged Nas his first ever Grammy win for Best Rap Album.
The dynamic duo then returned a year later to release King’s Disease II in August 2021, with Magic arriving just a few months later in December 2021. King’s Disease III was released the following year in November 2022.
In June, God’s Son expressed his excitement about getting back into the studio, noting that he feels he’s in a “creative growth spurt” of sorts and still desires to make music that makes people feel something.
“I’m in one of these creative growth spurts,” he told Vanity Fair. “It’s something that I’m really excited about, and it surprises me – but I’m not too, too surprised because I was also waiting for the day that I felt like this again, and I knew it would come.”
When previously asked about his King Disease series with Hit-Boy, and if he plans to continue creating consecutive records, he shared that he really enjoys the “constant flow” of music and that he doesn’t “wanna stop it once it’s flowing the way it’s flowing.”
“It feels very free, and I just wanna see what happens as I stick to it. And I’ve been sticking to it, and it’s been my whole life now,” he explained. “Like, if I’m recording, I don’t do anything else, really. It hasn’t been this way for me for probably 20 years. I think that’s what I think today, maybe tomorrow I think about, well, actually accurately, seven years, or since I’ve been really in the studio, but when it comes in my head now, it’s been that long — 20 years.”
Despite having just released Magic 2, Nas has revealed that he’s already “halfway through” recording his next album with Hit-Boy.
On the second verse of the track “Abracadabra,” from his latest project, Nas explains that he’s already hard at work putting the finishing touches to his next project.
“I’m a magician, you should listen, it’s never the same tricks/ 2020 when we did the first one, five-album run, not a cursed one, it’s a blessed one/ By the time y’all hear this, we be halfway through the next one/ Bless up, all the rappers we lost, I’m hopin’ they rest up,” Nas raps on the track.
It’s unclear if The Illmatic spitter is plotting a third installment in the Magic series, a fourth installment of King’s Disease, or going in a completely new direction entirely. But whatever he decides to do, he’s in the midst of an impressive run.