Nas may release The Lost Tapes: Vol. 2 with new LP this year – possibly not via Def Jam

MTV News recently caught up with Nas to discuss the eventual release of his anticipated The Lost Tapes: Vol. 2 LP, which the iconic emcee now hopes to release as part of a two-CD special edition of his next album, due to drop later in the year.

Having battled, criticised and pleaded with Def Jam for the release of the Lost Tapes sequel project to little avail [see below], Nas now says he’s not sure which label his next album will be released through – “It’s not safe to say that it’s gonna be on Def Jam,” he told MTV News.

“Because I kind of lost time, I really wanted to release [the album] in December,” Nas states in the video below.

“But I’m starting my next album. So I feel like I’ll give The Lost Tapes as a deluxe, maybe, on the next album for free. I’m trying to figure that out now.”


In October, Nas allegedly blasted his recording home after the company reportedly bungled the release of The Lost Tapes project, which is a collection of unreleased gems from the gifted MC that skew toward his more poetic side.

An e-mail message from the Queens rapper sent to executives at Def Jam was obtained by a blog and posted online. In the note, Nas expressed frustration over what he characterized as his label’s lack of activity surrounding the project; the first volume was a critically acclaimed collection issued in 2002 that included material left off of his studio albums after the songs were pirated.

“You don’t get another Nas recording that doesn’t count against my deal … PERIOD!” Nas wrote at the time. “Keep your bullsh– $200,000 fund. Open the REAL budget. This is a New York pioneer’s ALBUM, there ain’t many of us. I am ready to drop in the 4th quarter. You don’t even have sh– coming out! Stop being your own worst enemy. Let’s get money!” MTV News.