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Currently In The Afterlife: Nas Responded To My Rick Ross Exclusive

In the last week, I’m pretty sure the Hip Hop Gods have been watching over me, and have been hearing some of my prayers.

As some might know, my first piece on this site was an exclusive with Rick Ross, himself, where I asked him about his thoughts on possibly executive-producing a Nas album in the future. Just a day later, it was picked up by multiple outlets such as HipHopDX, The Boombox, BETAllHipHop, and a few others as well. I have been grinning from ear-to-ear since, as I watched the support flood in more than I ever could have imagined, and I was stunned to see the conversation it sparked on Twitter.

Obviously, I cant take credit for this conversation. It’s been a topic of discussion for some years now amongst hip hop fans, and even influencers have brought up the concept. Fortunately for myself, however, I happened to be the at the right place at the right time, and got my shot in to ask Rozay the big question once and for all.

Even though I pitched the question in a “would you or would you not” format to Ross, many speculated that he had agreed to executive produce it, or was already in the works of doing so. As exciting as that would be, that unfortunately was not the case based on Rozay’s actual words.

Complex took the initiative as they met up with Nas at his Los Angeles event in correlation with the new Ghostbusters movie, and actually asked him about the “rumors circulating” that Ross was executive producing his album. Of course, as expected, Nas shot those speculations down, however, his answer following definitely had me jumping through my ceiling. So, what exactly did he think of Rick Ross potentially executive producing one of his future projects?

…HE WOULD BE DOWN FOR IT. GOOD LORD.

Let’s just say that I am in the afterlife. Whether my name was mentioned or not, I’m grateful to Pierce Simmons for bringing the topic up during his interview (which was actually an excellent Nas interview overall, by the way). Hopefully this stays on Nas’ holy mind, and he seriously considers fulfilling a lot of fans’ wishes sometime down the line. I know I’ll be first in line for a copy.

Be sure to watch Nas’ interview with Complex below where he answers the big question around the 2-minute mark.

Exclusive: Would Rick Ross Executive Produce A Nas Album?

If you have had a 5-minute conversation with me at any point in life, then there is a very high chance that you were made aware of my admiration for Nas. The Queens MC, or God’s Son, as I rightfully address his presence as, has had a major impact on my life, being that his music has lifted me out of some incredibly dark periods.

With that said, I am more than anticipating an upcoming project from Mr. Jones, and I’m literally sitting at my desk on the daily, awaiting any type of updates on this next album that he’s been teasing. This summer will make it four years since his last album, Life Is Good, graced the music game, and with him making huge strides after taking on Mass Appeal, I’m counting down the days. Unfortunately, his next studio album will not be a Def Jam release, but that opens the floodgates for many opportunities so he can properly bless us with a new calibration of sound.

It’s no secret that Nas critics have a history of disagreeing with his production selections on his projects in the past, as he is an MC that keeps the focus targeted towards the skill he is best known for: his wordplay. No, Nas is not the same rapper with the same mindset from his Illmatic debut days, and we shouldn’t expect him to be 20 years later, but there is one person who has helped him fit quite handsomely into today’s sound.

Rick Ross has teamed up with Nas on multiple collaborations, including the God Forgives, I Don’t banger, “Triple Beam Dreams,” the MMG compilation record, “This Thing Of Ours,” as well as the underrated “One Of Us” track from Ross’ recent Black Market release. There’s an evident spark that Ross brings out of Nas when they come together, and their chemistry results in some serious bangers that hip hop ears simply can’t deny.

While attending the Wingstop event in New York City this week, held at Extra Butter on the Lower East Side, I had to take advantage of being able to talk to the boss. On top of learning about their amazing scholarship program, I was able to speak with Rozay for a couple of minutes about this very burning question I’ve had for the past 3-4 years. So, would Rick Ross executive produce a Nas album?

You know, Nas is so great as an MC. He’s a legend. So I wouldn’t even play with that, because of course you know Rozay will f**king do it! You know I would love to do it, but more importantly, the way Nas moves is so calculated. I feel like everything he does is perfect timing. He’s a legend, and I would love to. You know it’s whatever for the big homie.

There you have it. Ross is just as with it as much as I would have hoped he’d be. So now, Nasir and Rozay just need to get on Facetime soon and schedule these studio sessions out before fans lose it. The #NasHive is impatiently waiting to lay down the red carpet again.

How would you feel if Ross took productive control of Nas’ next album? Sound off your thoughts at me on Twitter.

Lindsey India