The hype surrounding Nas‘ tenth album, Life is Good, is reaching fever pitch. Unlike most albums with all this hype, Life Is Good lives up to it with out any struggle. While promoting his new disc, Nas spoke to Vibe Magazine about the project and some of the feelings and inspiration behind the project. Nas even revealed he wanted to get Eminem and Jay-Z on a remix to his single “Daughters,” but things didn’t work out the way he wanted.
What did you learn from working with Swizz Beatz this go around?
Working with Swizz was great. We both have been through divorce. Me and Swizz both been through baby mama drama. We both have an undying love for hip-hop. And we are in great places in our life. He’s probably in a better place when it comes to his love life because Swizz is married to the amazing Alicia Keys. But we’re both in a great place in our lives.
There are some very savvy features on this album such as Rick Ross, Anthony Hamilton, and the late Amy Winehouse. Were there any other artists that you wanted to collaborate with that didn’t make it on the album?
That would have been worthy of pushing back the album, huh?
[Laughs] Well, I know we both are probably going to be upset that he didn’t make it onto the album because I really look forward to working with Jay. But I didn’t want a lot of people on the album since it’s been four years for me. Next album I’ll do more features, but on this one I didn’t want to have a lot of people on the album. I also have Mary J. Blige on vocals. I’m drawn to that soulful sound.
Read the rest of the interview at Vibe.com.