The Queens, New York rapper spoke with Billboard.com about the follow-up to 2008’s Untitled, claiming that he’s in a new state of mind and is inspired by new artists.
“The last record I did was, I was in a different place than I am now,” he said. “Now, I’m happy to express that different place and I’m just happy about music. I’m watching everyone do their thing, young guys, women, artists just doing they thing.”
Citing Odd Future, Lil Wayne, Drake and more as current influences, Nas said that his tenth solo LP has yet to develop a concept.
“My new album that I’m working on is free flowing,” he said. “At this point, there’s not one concept that sums up the whole record. I’m just flowing. It’s really too early to tell who I’ll be collaborating with.”
He also acknowledged that Untitled wasn’t an entirely solid record, and that he’s learned from his mistakes.
“I want to be able to play this next record after it’s done and feel like I did it. I have to do something that’s new. It’s just in me. I have to do something that feels like it’s right right now, and it could last.”
from Hip HopWired