How’s Yeezy Season treatin’ y’all? Exhausted? Exhilarated? Ready for this parade of seven-track albums to be over, or perhaps to continue indefinitely?
Here we are on the fourth straight week of Thursday night launch parties and delayed (in this case super-delayed) Friday drops, this time beholding the latest from Mr. Nasir Jones. NASIR is his 11th album and first since 2012’s Life Is Good. It’s also the first since Nas’ ex-wife Kelis came out with allegations of “a lot of physical and mental abuse” during their marriage; to quote Kanye, yikes.
Nas debuted the project last night at a listening party in Queens. Now, almost 24 hours after it was scheduled to go online, NASIR is finally here for public consumption, replete with features from Kanye, The-Dream, and 070 Shake.
NASIR is the fourth in a series of seven-track releases produced by Kanye West at his Wyoming hideaway, being released weekly throughout late spring and early summer. Pusha-T’s Daytona kicked things off ahead of Memorial Day weekend, followed by two Kanye albums in the subsequent weeks: his own Ye and the Kid Cudi collaboration Kids See Ghosts. Teyana Taylor’s project wraps things up next week — unless Kanye decides to extend it with that rumored Ty Dolla $ign album or who knows what else.
In the meantime we’ve got this new Nas to savor and/or skewer. Dive in below, and let us know how it measures up to that impossible Illmatic standard.
NASIR is out now on Mass Appeal/Def Jam.