Nas & DJ Premier Stir Up Anticipation For Joint Album

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Nas and DJ Premier ignite excitement for a joint album, prompting a frenzy on social media.

On Wednesday (April 17), the iconic Queens rapper took to Instagram, posting a throwback photo of himself with Preemo. Another snapshot captured the dynamic duo in the present day, set against the backdrop of towering skyscrapers.

“Then v.s Now. What if…” wrote Nas in the caption.

The idea that a long-rumored collaborative album drop is imminent, was enough to create a buzz, with fans flocking to the comment section to voice their hopes.

“Don’t play with my emotions like this,” wrote one user.

“Superhero material, rap star status. Premier album still might happen…” reads another comment, referencing Nas’ track “30,” in which he hints at the possibility of the album seeing a release date.

“Omg, What da Fuk’ IF💯💯💯💯💯Stop playing Nasir 💎👑💪🏾💐,” commented a third user.

Check out the post below.

We’ve previously reported that nearly three decades after its release, Nas’ groundbreaking debut album, Illmatic (1994), featuring its timeless ten tracks, was honored by New York Senator Jamaal T. Bailey.

“What were you doing when you were 20 years old?” said Bailey, during a State Senate meeting. “Many of us were in college. We were finding who we were. Nasir Jones, poetically known as Nas, was making the greatest Hip Hop album of all time, Illmatic.”

The senator described the project as “the soundtrack” of his youth. “Nas has been a Hip Hop griot — the rapid response system for the streets, for lack of a better term,” he added. “And if you have a top five without Nas in it, you shouldn’t listen to rap music.”

Nas, present at the ceremony, received accolades from Senator James Sanders Jr. as well. “I would just finish by saying to everyone that there are seven established wonders of the modern world. Let me introduce you to Queens’ eighth,” he said.

The album, which includes classic hits like “N.Y. State of Mind,” “Memory Lane (Sittin’ in da Park),” and “Represent,” was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in 2001. It features production work from DJ Premier, Large Professor, Q-Tip, and Pete Rock, among others.