Nas released the follow-up to his 1996 smash, "It Was Written," on Tuesday. Entitled "I Am," the album includes both streetwise tracks courtesy of DJ Premier and danceable tracks produced by Timbaland and the Trackmasters. Nas explained the significance of the title to MTV.
"'I Am' means a lot to me," he began, "because it means the struggle I've been through, the struggle I'm gonna go through, and it's just like saying put my graffiti on this planet, you know what I mean? Like saying nothing can stop me. [28.8 RealVideo]"
Guests on the album include DMX, Aaliyah, Scarface, and Puff Daddy. Nas recently shot the video for the first single, "Hate Me Now," a collaboration with Puffy.
The rapper will also join Wyclef Jean, Mya, Next, and a host of others on April 17 at Jean's third annual Haitian Benefit Concert, which will be held in Miami.