Nas Has Released A New Album With More Hit-Boy Magic
In the closing days of 2021, Nas has released his second album this calendar. In March, Nas won his first Grammy Award, taking home “Best rap Album” for King’s Disease, produced entirely by Hit-Boy. Then, in August, Nas and Hit returned with King’s Disease 2. The Mass Appeal Records sophomore effort earned Nas smother Grammy nomination ahead of next months awards. Lauryn Hill- assisted album cut, “Nobody” made Barack Obama’s annual playlist. Nas also found time to direct his first documentary, You’re Watching Video Music Box—which premiered this month on Showtime.
Titled Magic, the third Nas and Hit-Boy link-up is nine songs, just one less than Illmatic and two more than 2018’s NASIR. This one involves another legendary producer from the MC’s career; DJ Premier joins A$AP Rocky on “Wave Gods,” reuniting Preemo and Nas. Another cut, “Meet Joe Black,” borrows its name from a 1998 Brad Pitt film. “Wu For The Children” takes its name from a now-iconic moment when Ol’ Dirty Bastard interrupted the 1998 Grammy Awards.
2021 marks the first time Nas offered two albums since 1999’s I Am…and Nastradamus campaign.
Beyond his own two albums, Nas joined Jay-Z for a Grammy nominated appearance on DMX’s “Bath Salts” He has also featured on ’21 projects by DJ Khaled, Berner and Hit-Boy. Nas, Kadakiss & Rick Ross Unite on a new collabo.
Earlier this week, Ambrosia For Heads named King’s Disease 2 among its best albums of 2021 as part of a special year-end episode of the What’s The Headline Podcast.
NAS AND HIT-BOY CONFIRM ‘KING’S DISEASE 3’ IS COMING
Nas and Hit-Boy have found serious chemistry as collaborators. Just hours after their latest project, the surprise album Magic, hit streaming services, it was announced that the rapper and producer will be teaming up again for the third installment in critically-acclaimed Kings Disease series of Nas albums.
Nas raps a line about the upcoming project on the Magic track “Ugly.”
“I’m on offense every day until I see the love,” Nas raps . “KD3 on the way, this just to feed the buzz.” And Hit-Boy shared the lyrics on Twitter. “KD3 otw this just to feed the buzz… @Nas” Hit-Boy tweeted. “My dawg is a maniac.”
Nas and Hit-Boy have been on a critical run since 2020s Kings Disease, which won the Grammy for Rap Album Of The Year this year.