Nas says his greatest work is ahead of him, but the veteran rapper said his fans will intimately determine if he latest album Hip-Hop Is Dead reigns over his classic albums like Illmatic (1994), It Was Written (1996), God’s Son (2002), Stillmatic (2001) and others.
“It’s probably the best record I ever did,” Nas told AllHipHop.com. “I mean, when you work in the studio for a while, sometimes you think its great, but you don’t know what it is until the people hear it. So I hope the people agree.”
The Queensbridge, NY rapper signed a joint venture deal with Def Jam/Sony Music in January 2006, ending a long-running feud between he and Def Jam president Jay-Z.
The two rappers engaged in a lyrical feud which exploded with Jay-Z’s 2001 diss track “The Takeover.” Nas answered with the equally scathing reply, “Ether.”
The two men settled their differences in Oct. of 2005, when Jay-Z brought Nas out for a performance during his “I Declare War” concert at Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, NJ.
Under terms of the Def Jam/Sony Music union, Nas will produce four albums, with Hip-Hop is Dead being the first release on his own label, the Jones Experience.
The rapper hinted that fans may finally receive the long-awaited collaboration between the lyrical giants.
“I’m just with Def Jam,” Nas said. “I haven’t worked with anybody but myself. A little bit of work with Jay [Z], just for the fans out there and just for us.”
Nas said Hip-Hop is Dead will be available to retail outlets on Nov. 7.
In related news, Jay-Z is expected to release an album of new material later in the year, but Def Jam representatives would not confirm or deny the information.