Nas In Demand For Remixes, But He's Looking To Get Out

Pavement poet fears losing his focus.

While many hail him as the current king of hip-hop, Nas recently admitted that, in fact, he is not the best — when it comes to lacing remixes of R&B singers' songs, that is.

The pavement poet may be selling himself short, however. He's obviously doing something right.

Nas is currently heating up the airwaves with new versions of Brandy's "What About Us?" ("This is the real Best of Both Worlds," he raps on the record) and Jagged Edge's "I Got It." Alicia Keys has also talked to him about collaborating on a reworking of one her tunes.

"I've been off the scene for a while — other rappers, I guess, have been on every remix," he surmised earlier this month. "I don't really do remixes a lot, 'cause I don't think I'm that type of flexible rapper when it comes to remixes. I think other artists are good at it, better at it than I am. But when I do get the calls from some artists I really can feel, like So So Def, Brandy, Alicia Keys, I'm cool with that."

His most recent venture is with fellow Sony Music affiliate Jennifer Lopez on a reworking of "I'm Gonna Be Alright." Don't look for Nas to be teaming up with too many more acts, though, as he's waning himself off the remix tip to concentrate on himself and his crew.

"I'm starting to get so many calls, I'm chilling [out from doing them]," he said. "I'm really focused on the street thing again getting my team ready — Bravehearts — and my next album ready on a real hip-hop vibe. I really want to stay away from remixes, but the ones I did, I'm happy about."

For a feature interview with Nas, check out "Nas: Stillmatters."