Nas Debuts ‘Nasir’ Album at Listening Party Under Queensboro Bridge in New York
After making fans suffer through the longest album drought in his career, Nas returns to form with his latest LP, Nasir. The album, which came as a surprise when it was first announced by Kanye West back in April, was premiered during a listening session in Queens in New York City on Thursday night (June 14).
Under the Queensboro Bridge, not far from Nas' stomping grounds of the Queensbridge Houses where he grew up, Nas treated music industry tastemakers, members of the press, rap friends and fans to multiple spins of the seven-song project—Nas' 11th studio album. Nasir is heavily influenced by Yeezy, from the sample-laden instrumentals to the Chicago rapper's multiple appearances on the LP. In addition to Kanye West, who produced the entire album, Pusha T, 2 Chainz, 070 Shake, LaLa Anthony, Consequence, Kim Kardashian and Steve Stoute, among others, were in attendance.
From the looks of things, people were feeling the new offering from God's Son. There's a sample of Slick Rick's classic "A Children's Story" on "Cops" while 070 Shakes assists with vocals on "Not on Radio." The listening, which was streamed via YouTube, proved Nas hasn't missed a beat with his hard-hitting rhymes.
The event also featured official album merch being sold. West serves as the creative director for the exclusive Cali Thornhill Dewitt-designed merch collab, which will be available on shop.nasirjones.com.
The outdoors listening session is becoming a thing for G.O.O.D. Music. A couple weeks ago, Kanye debuted his Ye album during a massive, star-studded listening event in Jackson Hole, Wyo. The following week, Kanye and Kid Cudi premiered their Kids See Ghosts joint album around a bonfire in Santa Clarita, Calif. Guests in attendance included Desiigner, YG, Lil Dicky, Makonnen, singer Ariana Grande, comedian Pete Davidson and many more.
The LP, which is the first release through Nas' newly inked Mass Appeal/Def Jam Recordings partnership, has not been delivered to streaming services, but if the past is any indication, we should be getting the release in a few hours.
Peep pictures and footage from Nas' Nasir album listening below.
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