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Nas reveals new album is inspired by 90s hip-hop roots

Nas has revealed that his new album is inspired by his 90s hip-hop roots.

The US rapper, who last night headlined the 1Xtra Stage at Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend, told Digital Spy that his upcoming 10th studio effort, ‘Life Is Good,’ was a conscious effort to revisit the sounds of his breakthrough era:

"My new album is just about feeling life and not letting anything get in the way of living life. The only thing that got in the way of the album is how music sounds today. It's the perfect time for me to do the music that is true to my early '90s roots and make it appealing today. I just let it flow.

"The sound came back naturally to me in my case because I was part of the '90s rap renaissance. I went back to that era back in my head and went back to producers from that time as well as ones who are only just starting out.”

The 38-year-old, who has recruited the likes of Mary J. Blige, Rick Ross and Anthony Hamilton for the record, insisted that he’s not too concerned anymore with how his music is perceived by younger audiences:

“It's up to this generation and the next to decide what they want to listen to. I have a different take on today's charts compared to the younger crowd and I don't let appealing to them bother me anymore. I spoke a bit about it on my Hip-Hop Is Dead album, but I'm past that now and I'm inspired again." 




Watch the video for Nas' 'Daughters' below: