(July 2, 2019 – New York, NY) Hip-hop icon Nas –esteemed for a quarter-century as one of the undisputed greatest MC’s of all time – fulfills a long-standing promise to himself and his loyal fans with the July 19th release of THE LOST TAPES 2 via Mass Appeal/Def Jam Recordings.
THE LOST TAPES 2 compiles selected unreleased tracks from Nas’ last four albums that he has released – Hip-Hop is Dead (2006), Untitled (2008), Life is Good (2012), and his most recent Nasir (2018). The Instagram video clip that Nas posted on June 11th teasing THE LOST TAPES 2 has received millions views to date. Nas also revealed his exclusive The Lost Tapes 2 merch collaboration with Aimé Leon Dore today. All merch items are available now at shop.nasirjones.com. Also, Nas unveiled the trailer featuring a snippet of “Lost Freestyle” produced by Statik Selektah.
On July 11th, co-headliners Nas and Mary J. Blige will commence their first tour together, at the South Florida Fairgrounds Coral Sky Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach. The North American “Royalty Tour” will run through September (Please see complete itinerary below). Prior to the tour, Nas will be headlining the 25th Anniversary Of Essence Festival, taking place July 5-7th in New Orleans.
More than a decade and a half has passed since 2002, when Nas first compiled the original volume of The Lost Tapes. That collection likewise focused on unreleased tracks that didn’t make it onto previous albums, namely I Am… (1999) and Stillmatic (2001). When Nas announced that he had a similar project in mind encompassing unreleased tracks from the past 15 years, fans rejoiced. THE LOST TAPES 2 has turned those fans’ dreams into reality.
The Lost Tapes 2 tracklist:
1. No Bad Energy [PROD. BY SWIZZ BEATZ]
2. Vernon Family [PROD. BY PHARRELL WILLIAMS]
3. Jarreau of Rap (Skatt Attack) feat. Al Jarreau, Keyon Harrold [PROD. BY EDDIE COLE]
4. Lost Freestyle [PROD. BY STATIK SELEKTAH]
5. Tanasia [PROD. BY RZA]
6. Royalty feat. RaVaughn [PROD. BY HIT-BOY]
7. Who Are You feat. David Ranier [PROD. BY ERIC HUDSON]
8. Adult Film feat. Swizz Beatz [PROD. BY SWIZZ BEATZ]
9. War Against Love [PROD. BY DJ DAHI & DJ KHALIL]
10. The Art of It feat. J. Myers [PROD. BY PETE ROCK]
11. Highly Favored [PROD. BY RZA]
12. Queens Wolf [PROD. BY DJ TOOMP]
13. It Never Ends [PROD. BY THE ALCHEMIST]
14. You Mean The World to Me [PROD. BY KANYE WEST]
15. Queens Bridge Politics [PROD. BY PETE ROCK]
16. Beautiful Life feat. RaVaughn [PROD. BY NO I.D.]
NAS AND MARY J. BLIGE NORTH AMERICAN “ROYALTY TOUR”
**tour dates subject to change**
Date City Venue
July 11 W. Palm Beach, FL Coral Sky Amphitheatre @ S. Florida Fairgrounds
13 Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre @ Florida
14 Jacksonville, FL Daily’s Place
16 Atlanta, GA Cadence Bank Amphitheatre @ Chastain Park
20 Atlantic City, NJ Hard Rock Live @ Etess Arena
21 Virginia Beach, VA Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
24 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion
25 Raleigh, NC Coastal Credit Union Music Park @ Walnut Creek
28 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
31 St. Louis, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
Aug. 2 Houston, TX The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
3 Austin, TX Austin360 Amphitheater
6 Kansas City, MO Starlight Theatre
9 Phoenix, AZ Ak-Chin Pavilion
14 San Francisco, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
16-17 Las Vegas, NV The Joint
20 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheater
22 Dallas, TX Dos Equis Pavilion
25 Tuscaloosa, AL Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
31 Syracuse, NY St Joseph’s Health Amphitheater
Sept. 1 Boston, MA Xfinity Center
10 Toronto, ON Budweiser Stage
Nas (Nasir Jones) first reached an international audience when his track “Halftime” was tapped by producer MC Serch as the opening cut on 1992’s Zebrahead movie soundtrack. Signed to Columbia Records, the first full-length album by poet and rhyme-master Nas arrived in 1994, Illmatic. The RIAA platinum hip-hop landmark featured “It Ain’t Hard To Tell,” “The World Is Yours,” and “One.” 1996 brought the breakthrough double-platinum It Was Written (#1 R&B for 7 weeks, #1 pop for 4 weeks), with his first major crossover singles “Sweet Dreams” and “If I Ruled the World (Imagine That).” Success continued with the double-platinum I Am in 1999 (again #1 pop and #1 R&B), with the chart singles “Nas Is Like,” “Hate Me Now” (featuring Puff Daddy), and “You Won’t See Me Tonight” (featuring Aaliyah).
Subsequent albums by Nas included: the RIAA platinum Nastradamus (1999, #2 R&B, #7 pop, with “Nastradamus” and “You Owe Me,” featuring Ginuwine); the platinum Stillmatic (2001, #1 R&B, #5 pop, with “Got Ur Self A…,” “Ether,” “One Mic,” and “Rule”); the platinum God’s Son (2002, #1 R&B, with huge R&B/pop crossover hits “Made You Look” and “I Can”); and the platinum double-CD Street’s Disciple (2004, #2 R&B, #5 pop, with “Bridging the Gap” and “Just a Moment”).
Before Nasir (released in 2018), Life Is Good (2012) was the third consecutive #1 album chart debut for Nas since he joined Def Jam in 2006. Life Is Good was the long-awaited successor to 2008’s untitled, Nas’ Def Jam debut of 2006, whose title track “Hip Hop Is Dead” was a solid Top 40 pop/R&B/rap crossover hit.
In addition to his successful career in music, Nas has pursued a career in motion pictures that began with his co-starring role (alongside DMX) in 1998’s crime drama Belly, a film by director Hype Williams (with whom Nas has done several video clips). Subsequent appearances include Albert Pyun’s action crime thriller Ticker (2001, with Tim Sizemore and Steven Seagal); Carl Seaton’s Sacred Is the Flesh (2001, also co-written by Nas); a cameo as himself in Boaz Yakin’s comedy Uptown Girls (2003, with Brittany Murphy and Dakota Fanning); Lawrence Page’s Murda Muzik (2004, with Ron Artest and Chinky); the fictional hip-hop group bio-pic The Vapors (2008, with an all-star cast of Roxanne Shanté, Kool G Rap, Marley Marl, Biz Markie, and others); the CBS tv hit series, Hawaii Five-O (2010); Black Nativity (2013); and Monster (2018), Anthony Mandler’s adaptation of Walter Dean Myers’ award-winning young adult best-seller.