Back in 2002, fresh off the release of Stillmatic, Nas kept the heat coming with a collection of (incredibly dope) unreleased tracks that were packaged together as The Lost Tapes.
Now, sixteen years after the original planned date for a sequel, the Queensbridge emcee has finally come through with The Lost Tapes 2.
Equipped with 16 tracks–composed of leftover cuts from his Hip-Hop Is Dead (2006), Untitled (2008), Life Is Good (2012) and Nasir (2018) recording sessions–the album boasts a ridiculous production line-up of Pete Rock, RZA, Pharrell, Swizz Beatz, Alchemist, Kanye West, Statik Selektah, Hit-Boy, DJ Dahi, DJ Toomp, No I.D. and a couple others.
- “No Bad Energy” (prod. Swizz Beatz)
- “Vernon Family” (prod. Pharrell)
- “Jarreau of Rap (Skatt Attack)” f. Al Jarreau & Keyon Harrold (prod. Eddie Cole)
- “Lost Freestyle” (prod. Statik Selektah)
- “Tanasia” (prod. RZA)
- “Royalty” f. RaVaughn (prod. Hit-Boy)
- “Who Are You” f. David Ranier (prod. Eric Hudson)
- “Adult Film” f. Swizz Beatz (prod. Swizz Beatz)
- “War Against Love” (prod. DJ Dahi & DJ Khalil)
- “The Art of It” f. J. Myers (prod. Pete Rock)
- “Highly Favored” (prod. RZA)
- “Queens Wolf” (prod. DJ Toomp)
- “It Never Ends” (prod. Alchemist)
- “You Mean the World To Me” (prod. Kanye West)
- “Queens Bridge Politics” (prod. Pete Rock)
- “Beautiful Life” f. RaVaughn (prod. No I.D.)
Press play below, be sure to add The Lost Tapes 2 on your preferred streaming platform, and be on the lookout for The Lost Tapes 3 and 4, which Nas says are coming (and won’t take another 17 years to arrive).