Recent Def Jam signee Nas will deliver his first album for the label in late September. The rapper made the announcement last night (May 18) while performing on the first leg of labelmates the Roots’ two-night stand at New York’s Radio City Music Hall.
The album is titled “Hip-Hop Is Dead,â€ according to a Def Jam representative, who also confirmed the September release.
…”September is the album,” Nas said backstage at Radio City Music Hall Thursday night
after his appearance at the Roots’ show. “It’s called Hip-Hop Is Dead … The N.” The letter at the end is meant to be a play on “the end,” he added.
Although he wasn’t too forthcoming with info, he explained the name as a play on words.
“I didn’t name it that. Fans named it that; rappers named it that,” he elaborated about the title. “It’s been the talk for years, so here’s an album that brings … not even the rebirth, it’s just an album with that thing that everybody is talking about. I got a street look coming real soon, and more soon after. Summer time is definitely going to be Nas time.”
“Hip-Hop Is Deadâ€ will be the follow-up to 2004’s â€œStreets Disciple,â€ which peaked at No. 5 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 694,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. In his 11 years with Columbia, Nas’ catalog has sold 12 million units.