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Nas and DJ Premier announce joint album and release first single, "Define My Name"

DJ Premier and Nas on the cover art for "Define My Name."
DJ Premier and Nas on the cover art for "Define My Name." (Mass Appeal Records)

Nas and DJ Premier have announced their long-awaited joint album with the release of its lead single, "Define My Name."

Released on Friday to coincide with the 30th anniversary of Nas' classic debut album "Illmatic," "Define My Name" hears Nas reflecting on his legacy in the rap game over a trademark Premo boom bap beat.

“At 20, I said I’d better quit by 30 / Then by 30, I thought by 40 rapping is corny / How wrong was I? / Never would have thought at 50, new songs by Nas would be hard and live," Nas raps.

The song ends with Nas telling DJ Premier: "It's album time."

In a press release, it was confirmed that the pair’s album, which is as of yet untitled, will be released later this year through Nas' Mass Appeal Records.

DJ Premier has produced a number the biggest hits of Nas' career, including both "N.Y. State of Mind" and "Represent" from Nas' classic debut album "Illmatic."

He also produced Nas' 1999 track "Nas Is Like," a line from which inspired the title of "Define My Name."

Word of a collaborative project by the two stars first made the rounds in 2007 after they mentioned teaming up for a full-length album during an interview with "Scratch."

Nas then teased a joint album again in 2022 on the track "30" from his 15th studio album, "King's Disease III."

Doesn’t matter this is sheer relief, I feel the breeze this is/ Superhero material, rap star status/ Premier album still might happen,” Nas rapped on the Hit-Boy produced track.


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