Exclusive: Nas Talks Lost Tapes: Vol. 2

Esco says he's focused on 'owning the streets again' and reveals to MTV News that hotly anticipated sequel is due December 14.

Esco, let's go. [artist id="1000"]Nas[/artist] isn't the most prolific on Twitter, but he sent out a big blast on Wednesday (September 15), leaving a message all of his fans will love.

"It's coming... LOST TAPES VOLUME TWO!!!" Nas posted on his page


The Queens native is finally following up his 2002 classic compilation, The Lost Tapes. That record was a potent mix of his tracks left on the cutting-room floor over the years. On Wednesday afternoon, MTV News got word from Nas' camp that The Lost Tapes: Vol. 2 will be released on December 14.

Speaking to us exclusively, Nas revealed he was feeling inspired these days and the Lost Tapes sequel is just a small taste of what's to come. He's about to hit the blocks with a barrage.

"I'm unloading records I want the streets to hear," the Queens rapper said in an e-mail. "Cleaning out my hard drives. Gonna do this, then start fresh. I'm dropping my solo LP before the summer of 2011. I love the energy the world has been giving me over the last two years. But now it's time to focus on owning the streets again."

Just earlier this month, Nas and DJ Green Lantern put out "Last Real N---a Alive, Part 2" for the mixtapes. The vocals from that record were recorded back when Nas was making his last album, Untitled.

"Cars with police radars/ On highways bopping/ Bullpen therapy/ Cell-block dodging/ Pissy stairways," he raps. "Miss them days, not when/ They shut down stores when I'm shopping," Nas raps over the trumpet-laden track. "Used to be pop-locking, train-hopping/ Face covered in stocking/ Six-pack Bud-drinking gambler/ F--- them cameras/ In front of the man, sing the hustla's mantra/ Hands are luck/ More hits than Gamble and Huff."

"[Nasty Nas] never left," Nas told MTV News when the verse leaked. "I recorded the song in my hometown of New York City. I was feeling the vibe of the streets and sewers, [which] helped me get in that zone"

Since the legendary MC first promised to deliver out new material, he has been back in the lab and talking to Wu-Tang Clan's the RZA about producing tracks

"Escobar is one of the best MCs to ever bless the mic," RZA said about Nas on the VMA white carpet on Sunday. "We're still trying to figure our schedule out. We both got a lot of big life ahead of us. But we're getting in. We're gonna make that classic. You know what it is. Last time, Nas did a verse for me that was on 'Verbal Intercourse.' That was a classic. To get back in and make another classic like that would be real good."

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