Kanye West has done some questionable things on social media, but Nas fans are hoping that West is telling the truth when he says that Nas' 11th studio album (whose title and track listing are to be announced) is set for release on June 15, 2018. West tweeted this announcement on April 22: "I'm hand producing all the albums I tweeted about. Been chopping samples from the sunken place Pusha May 25th My album June 1st me and Cudi June 8th and Teyana June 22nd and oh yeah..Nas June 15th." Nas' 11th studio album is the long-awaited follow-up to 2012's Life Is Good.
West is the founder of GOOD Music, whose artist roster includes West, Big Sean, Teyana Taylor, Pusha T (who is president of GOOD Music) and Desiigner. GOOD is distributed by Def Jam, which has Nas (whose real name is Nasir Jones) on its current roster.
As previously reported, Nas is set to do a rare show with Black Star on July 31 at Red Rock Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colo. Brother Ali and the Reminders are also on the bill. (Click here to buy tickets.) Based on West's announcement about Nas' 11th album, the concert should feature Nas performing some songs from the album.
Until then, fans have a new Nas release to check out: His live album Illmatic: Live From The Kennedy Center with The National Symphony Orchestra was released on April 20. The album is from the PBS show Great Performances—Nas Live From the Kennedy Center: Classical Hip-Hop, which premiered on Feb. 2. At the concert, Nas teamed up with the National Symphony Orchestra to perform symphonic renditions of songs from his influential 1994 debut album, Illmatic. The performance was recorded in March 2014, as part of the One Mic: Hip Hop Culture Worldwide festival at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
Nas has also been busy as an entrepreneur. He is a co-owner in Sweet Chick, a casual American restaurant chain, which launched in 2013 and opened its fourth stand-alone New York City location in Long Island City, Queens, in April 2018. Sweet Chick, which also joined the lineup of Citi Field eateries this year, also has a location in Los Angeles.