Following the release of a 20th anniversary edition of Illmatic, Nas isn’t resting on his laurels. The rapper has announced plans to release another album,The Lost Tapes 2, a sequel to his 2002 fan favorite compilation on his own, newly formed label.
According to Billboard, the rapper is planning to release The Lost Tapes 2 later this year on Mass Appeal Records once his contract with Def Jam expires. He co-founded the label with entrepreneur Peter Bittenbender. Last year the pair raised $1.2 million to relaunch Mass Appeal magazine, which covers street art and culture and will serve as a sister company to Mass Appeal Records.
Besides Nas, Mass Appeal will have a roster of hip-hop artists like Fashawn, Bishop Nehru and Boldy James.
“I’m excited to be a part of creating and supporting future careers and legacy artists, promoting love and finding new genius to help the world,” Nas said in an email. “I’m going to be as involved as I need to be, but I also want to be respectful of the art and give artists the space they need to grow and become themselves.”
In addition, the independent label will issue a posthumous album by Pimp C, featuring production from Mike Will Made It and DJ Mustard. There will also be a compilation project, due this summer, featuring contributions from Pusha T, Future, A$AP Mob, Mac Miller and Nas, who will contribute a cover of Gang Starr’s classic 1994 track “Mass Appeal.”
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