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In 2002, Nas released The Lost Tapes, a compilation of unpublished material recorded between 1998 and 2001 for his albums I Am… (1999) and Stillmatic (2001) which were rejected. The twelve tracks, far from being generic B-sides, were a great remind of the Queensbridge rapper’s caliber when it comes to deadly punchlines and unpredictable flow. Seventeen years later, The Lost Tapes 2 brings out other gems, recorded during the time of albums Hip Hop Is Dead (2006), Untitled (2008), Life Is Good (2012) and Nasir (2018). Def Jam Records planned to publish this second record in 2010 but a conflict opposing the rapper to his record label sent the tapes to the storage room… Summer of 2019, the safe is reopened, and there are some gems, produced by Pharrel, RZA, Kanye West, Swizz Beatz, No I.D or even Pete Rock. A 5 star cast – more senior than junior- which makes this compilation a must have and gives it a very smooth old-school feeling. The eclecticism in the material, whether that be sounds or texts, doesn’t hamper the flow of the album. Nas’ voice is recognizable as always, and that helps to gel everything together. But his fans know that even from the start, with his masterful first album Illmatic (1994), the New Yorker liked to surround himself with a flurry of magicians (MC Serch, Faith N., DJ Premier, L.E.S., Pete Rock, Large Professor, Q-Tip, Rockwilder, Vibesmen, Nick Fury et Marley Marl took part in Illmatic) without ever losing sight of his own personality. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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1
No Bad Energy 00:03:01

Nasir Jones, ComposerLyricist - Kaseem Dean, ComposerLyricist - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Swizz Beatz, Producer - Mark "Exit" Goodchild, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nas, MainArtist - AraabMuzik, Producer - Gabriel Zardes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Abraham Orellana, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2019 Mass Appeal Records LLC, distributed by Def Jam Recordings

2
Vernon Family 00:02:59

Nasir Jones, ComposerLyricist - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pharrell Williams, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Zach Steele, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mark "Exit" Goodchild, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nas, MainArtist - Jamal Sublett, ComposerLyricist - Gabriel Zardes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2019 Mass Appeal Records, LLC, distributed by Def Jam Recordings

3
Jarreau Of Rap (Skatt Attack) 00:03:17

Nasir Jones, ComposerLyricist - Eddie Cole, ComposerLyricist - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Zach Steele, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Al Jarreau, FeaturedArtist, ComposerLyricist - Dave Brubeck, ComposerLyricist - Mark "Exit" Goodchild, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nas, Producer, Co-Producer, MainArtist - Keyon Harrold, FeaturedArtist, ComposerLyricist - Gabriel Zardes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Xharlie Black, Producer

℗ 2019 Mass Appeal Records LLC, distributed by Def Jam Recordings

4
Lost Freestyle 00:03:23

Nasir Jones, ComposerLyricist - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Sumner, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mark "Exit" Goodchild, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Nas, MainArtist - Angela Bofill, ComposerLyricist - Statik Selektah, Producer - Patrick Baril, ComposerLyricist - Gabriel Zardes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2019 Mass Appeal Records, LLC, distributed by Def Jam Recordings

5
Tanasia 00:03:49

Nasir Jones, ComposerLyricist - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Zach Steele, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mark "Exit" Goodchild, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Diggs, ComposerLyricist - Nas, MainArtist - Michael Dunford, ComposerLyricist - RZA, Producer - Gabriel Zardes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Betty Newsinger, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2019 Mass Appeal Records LLC, distributed by Def Jam Recordings

6
Royalty 00:04:49

Nasir Jones, ComposerLyricist - Christopher Breaux, ComposerLyricist - Chauncey Hollis, ComposerLyricist - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mark "Exit" Goodchild, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nas, MainArtist - RaVaughn, FeaturedArtist - Hit-Boy, Producer - Gabriel Zardes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2019 Mass Appeal Records LLC, distributed by Def Jam Recordings

7
Who Are You 00:03:43

Eric Hudson, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Nasir Jones, ComposerLyricist - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Sumner, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mark "Exit" Goodchild, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Nas, MainArtist - KEVIN CROUSE, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - David Ranier, FeaturedArtist - David Ranier Webber, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2019 Mass Appeal Records LLC, distributed by Def Jam Recordings

8
Adult Film 00:04:10

Nasir Jones, ComposerLyricist - Kaseem Dean, ComposerLyricist - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Swizz Beatz, Producer, FeaturedArtist - Mark "Exit" Goodchild, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nas, MainArtist - Zeke Mishanec, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2019 Mass Appeal Records, LLC, distributed by Def Jam Recordings

9
War Against Love 00:03:45

Nasir Jones, ComposerLyricist - Khalil Abdul-Rahman, ComposerLyricist - DJ Khalil, Producer - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mark "Exit" Goodchild, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nas, MainArtist - DJ Dahi, Producer - Bolooki, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gabriel Zardes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dacoury Dahi Natche, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2019 Mass Appeal Records LLC, distributed by Def Jam Recordings

10
The Art Of It 00:04:06

Anthony Criss, ComposerLyricist - Keir Gist, ComposerLyricist - Nasir Jones, ComposerLyricist - Vincent Brown, ComposerLyricist - Pete Rock, Producer - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Sumner, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mark "Exit" Goodchild, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nas, MainArtist - Peter O. Phillips, ComposerLyricist - J. Myers, FeaturedArtist - Jamal Sublett, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2019 Mass Appeal Records LLC, distributed by Def Jam Recordings

11
Highly Favored 00:02:23

Nasir Jones, ComposerLyricist - Raymond Jackson, ComposerLyricist - Carl Hampton, ComposerLyricist - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mark "Exit" Goodchild, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Diggs, ComposerLyricist - Nas, MainArtist - Homer Banks, ComposerLyricist - RZA, Producer - Justin "Khufu" McNeil, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2019 Mass Appeal Records, LLC, distributed by Def Jam Recordings

12
Queens Wolf 00:03:45

Nasir Jones, ComposerLyricist - Aldrin Davis, ComposerLyricist - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Sumner, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mark "Exit" Goodchild, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Nas, MainArtist - KEVIN CROUSE, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - DJ Toomp, Producer - Gabriel Zardes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2019 Mass Appeal Records LLC, distributed by Def Jam Recordings

13
It Never Ends 00:03:31

Nasir Jones, ComposerLyricist - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kenny Craddock, ComposerLyricist - The Alchemist, Producer - Zach Steele, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mark "Exit" Goodchild, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nas, MainArtist - Colin Gibson, ComposerLyricist - Daniel Alan Maman, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2019 Mass Appeal Records, LLC, distributed by Def Jam Recordings

14
You Mean The World To Me 00:03:00

Nasir Jones, ComposerLyricist - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Leroy Hutson, ComposerLyricist - Kanye West, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Mark "Exit" Goodchild, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Nas, MainArtist - KEVIN CROUSE, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2019 Mass Appeal Records LLC, distributed by Def Jam Recordings

15
QueensBridge Politics 00:03:02

Nasir Jones, ComposerLyricist - Pete Rock, Producer - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mark "Exit" Goodchild, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nas, MainArtist - Peter O. Phillips, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2019 Mass Appeal Records LLC, distributed by Def Jam Recordings

16
Beautiful Life 00:06:40

Nasir Jones, ComposerLyricist - Richard Davis, ComposerLyricist - Ernest Wilson, ComposerLyricist - Stafford Floyd, ComposerLyricist - Reginald Brown, ComposerLyricist - Chris Gehringer, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - No ID, Producer - Rob Kinelski, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mark "Exit" Goodchild, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Nas, MainArtist - RaVaughn, FeaturedArtist - Koshah Eric Daniels, ComposerLyricist - Eric "Kosha" Daniels, Producer

℗ 2019 Mass Appeal Records, LLC, distributed by Def Jam Recordings

Album Description

In 2002, Nas released The Lost Tapes, a compilation of unpublished material recorded between 1998 and 2001 for his albums I Am… (1999) and Stillmatic (2001) which were rejected. The twelve tracks, far from being generic B-sides, were a great remind of the Queensbridge rapper’s caliber when it comes to deadly punchlines and unpredictable flow. Seventeen years later, The Lost Tapes 2 brings out other gems, recorded during the time of albums Hip Hop Is Dead (2006), Untitled (2008), Life Is Good (2012) and Nasir (2018). Def Jam Records planned to publish this second record in 2010 but a conflict opposing the rapper to his record label sent the tapes to the storage room… Summer of 2019, the safe is reopened, and there are some gems, produced by Pharrel, RZA, Kanye West, Swizz Beatz, No I.D or even Pete Rock. A 5 star cast – more senior than junior- which makes this compilation a must have and gives it a very smooth old-school feeling. The eclecticism in the material, whether that be sounds or texts, doesn’t hamper the flow of the album. Nas’ voice is recognizable as always, and that helps to gel everything together. But his fans know that even from the start, with his masterful first album Illmatic (1994), the New Yorker liked to surround himself with a flurry of magicians (MC Serch, Faith N., DJ Premier, L.E.S., Pete Rock, Large Professor, Q-Tip, Rockwilder, Vibesmen, Nick Fury et Marley Marl took part in Illmatic) without ever losing sight of his own personality. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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