Nas Shares Variety of Unreleased Hits on 'The Lost Tapes 2'

Featuring one of his most coveted collaborations with Kanye West.

By
Music
12,175 Hypes 1 Comments

It’s not often fans are graced by a new project from hip-hop pioneer Nas. Wrapping a variety of unreleased material from his past four studio albums (Hip Hop Is Dead, Untitled, Life Is Good, Nasir) into a singular offering, the Queens rapper’s latest project, The Lost Tapes 2, has finally arrived.

Pegged as the sequel to 2002’s The Lost Tapes, the second installment of Nas’s unreleased archive series sees him rapping over instrumentals popped by Kanye West, Pete Rock, Pharrell, RZA, Swizz Beats, The Alchemist, and more. The biggest takeaways from Nas’ latest offering is that the album has put together a range of material taken from over the past 10 years, providing an eclectic range of well-produced and well-rapped cuts. Surprisingly, Ye and Nas’ “You Mean the World to Me” might actually be better than the original album tracks, offering up a minimalistic instrumental that draws well with Nas’ verses. Two tracks on the project have been produced by RZA — “Tanasia” and “Highly Favored” — the former offering a more classic Nas vibe, with him repping Queensbridge throughout his lyrics. Other tracks help in buffering the project’s well-tended vision, such as Pharrell-produced “Vernon Family” and Swizz Beats’ “No Bad Energy.”

The Lost Tapes 2 ultimately succeeds in offering fans a glimpse into more material from the prodigious spitter but makes one wonder why some of these tracks weren’t included on the original projects in the first place. Hopefully, it won’t take Nas nearly two decades to release the third and fourth installments, which he recently announced at the project’s listening party.

You can stream The Lost Tapes 2 on Spotify and Apple Music below.

For more related news, Aimé Leon Dore recently dropped merch for the album.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

Nashville! #TheRoyaltyTour wit @therealmaryjblige !!!! #LostTapes2 Midnight #itsabeautifullife

A post shared by Nasir Jones (@nas) on

Read Full Article

Join Our Discussions on Discord

The HYPEBEAST Discord Server is a community where conversations on cultural topics can be taken further.

597 Users Online

What to Read Next

Cav Empt Drops Reflective Overdye Passage T & Noise C2 Pattern Shirt-Short Set
Fashion

Cav Empt Drops Reflective Overdye Passage T & Noise C2 Pattern Shirt-Short Set

The latest from the graphic-heavy streetwear imprint.

Watch the First Trailer for 'Jay and Silent Bob Reboot'
Entertainment

Watch the First Trailer for 'Jay and Silent Bob Reboot'

The clueless duo are back.

Off-White™ and Rastaclat Come to an "Amicable Resolution" Over Copyright Infringement Lawsuit (UPDATE)
Fashion

Off-White™ and Rastaclat Come to an "Amicable Resolution" Over Copyright Infringement Lawsuit (UPDATE)

No wrongdoing for both parties.


Eric Emanuel Adds a "Golden" Touch to the Reebok Answer V
Footwear

Eric Emanuel Adds a "Golden" Touch to the Reebok Answer V

As flashy as AI’s style of play.

Sheck Wes & Young Thug Come Together on Chase B Produced Track, "MAYDAY"
Music

Sheck Wes & Young Thug Come Together on Chase B Produced Track, "MAYDAY"

A high energy track from the two charismatic rappers.

Trailer for 'Cats' Shows Idris Elba & Taylor Swift as Anthropomorphic Felines
Entertainment

Trailer for 'Cats' Shows Idris Elba & Taylor Swift as Anthropomorphic Felines

The film arrives later this December.

More ▾
 
Subscribe to our Newsletter

Gain access to exclusive interviews with industry creatives, think pieces, trend forecasts, guides and more.

By subscribing, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Help us serve you better

We appreciate your support in allowing HYPEBEAST ads, where we can share contents from the latest fashion, to those culturally relevant. In adding HYPEBEAST to your ad blocker's whitelist, ads on our sites will show while you continue to browse.