Surprise, Nas’ new album is dropping next week

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Surprise, Nas’ new album is dropping next week

Words by Sose Fuamoli

While J. Cole announces his next release and Lil Nas X makes a permanent dent in the Billboard charts.

Nas reveals ‘The Lost Tapes 2’ production lineup

Another artist with an exciting release on the way, this one is from New York legend Nas. His long rumoured The Lost Tapes 2 project is definitely on the way – a compilation of tracks from Hip-Hop Is Dead (2006), Life Is Good (2012) and 2018’s Nasir. The first Lost Tapes project was a collection of unreleased tracks that came out in 2002. 

The Lost Tapes 2 is coming to streaming services on Friday July 19 and features a sick lineup of producers including Pete Rock, Kanye West, Pharrell, Swizz Beatz, Hit-Boy, Alchemist and more. This year, Nas celebrated 25 years since the release of his seminal debut Illmatic.

J. Cole announces ‘Revenge Of The Dreamers III’ album

Dreamville and J. Cole fans are frothing over the release of the long-awaited Revenge Of The Dreamers III compilation record which dropped on July 5. The compilation album is part of a string of exciting releases that have included exclusive merchandise and clothing.

Dreamville’s roster, including J. Cole, Ari Lennox, J.I.D, Bas, Lute, Ibrahim Hamad and Omen are one of the most exciting crews in the game, sitting alongside Kendrick Lamar’s Top Dawg Entertainment as a top hip hop crew to be watching. Revenge Of The Dreamers III was recorded over ten days back in January, with all the label members recording in Atlanta and a guest list of contributors including Rick Ross, Big K.R.I.T., T.I. and Westside Gunn.

Lil Nas X finally makes permanent dent in Billboard charts

Proving to many that he is more than ‘Old Town Road’, Lil Nas X now lays claim to impressive charting positions since the release of his 7 EP. Now on the Billboard 200, Hot 100 and rock and hip hop charts, Lil Nas X has really turned the narrative in his favour. EP tracks ‘F9mily (You & Me)’ and ‘Bring U Down’ charted at #6 and #7 on the Rock Charts respectively, while he sits atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart for his 13th consecutive week, longer than Eminem and Wiz Khalifa.

After being ousted from the Billboard country charts for not being ‘country enough’ then releasing the newer version of ‘Old Town Road’ with Billy Ray Cyrus, to releasing his debut EP and coming out as queer on the last day of Pride Month, Lil Nas X has been having a busy few months!