it's in the latest rolling stone.
"For his eighth studio album, Queensbridge MC Nas is taking it to he clubs. "I want it to be bangin'," he says. "And if you want it bangin' you call the dudes with the bangers." In this case, the dudes are Timbaland, Pharrell, Scott Storch, Dr. Dre and hip-hop's newest "it" prudcer, Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas. "This one is gonna broaden my audience back up to where it needs to be," says Nas. It doesn't hurt that he's got rap's reigning kind, Jay-Z behind him; the former foes buried the hatchet, and Hova signed Nas to Def Jam in January. Hard drums and crowd chants rule the Will.i.am-produced titles track. On "War," a song about the politics of warfare, Nas trades verses with Damian Marley. "It has the head nod and that rocka bump," says Nas' co-manager Mark Pitts, who also confirms that Nas has been in touch with Michael Jackson in hopes of recording with him. "It's gonna show Nas' potential to cross over from hip-hop to pop," says Pitts."
i'm not saying that this CD is going to suck as much as Blood Money does (it's not produced by G-Unit), but i wasn't all that excited about it when i read this this week. it's going to be a good CD, but the words "taking it to the clubs", "Will.i.am" and "potential to cross over from hip-hop to pop" really didn't give the best impression. i was excited when i heard him and jay-z weren't going at it anymore, but i was hoping you'd get more nas-style jay-z tracks instead of even softer than jay-z nas tracks. it just doesn't seem like a pop-club album will work out that great for nas.
- Andrew Berwald