In a recent interview withÂ MTV, Nas spoke on the ideas behind the music itself and some of the unexpected collaborations that he was involved with during the recording process. â€œA lot of the tracks have been my ideas â€“ like I would take an idea from one of the guys that Iâ€™m working with, and try and put it together with a different sound that I had in my head with someone else and just try to get people to collaborate that really arenâ€™t used to working together and to get something different from me.â€
Nasâ€™ last album came four years ago, Untitled,Â which received mostly positive reviews. UntitledÂ included the singles â€œHeroâ€ featuring Keri Hilson and â€œMake the World Go Round.â€
The first single from Life Is Good,Â â€Nasty,â€ hit airwaves last August and sparked the much-talked about notion that Nas would be releasing his new album before the end of the calendar year, which came and went.
Nasâ€™ next single, â€œDaughters,â€ which was produced by No I.D. will be released on May 1, four days after the visual for his current single, â€œThe Don,â€ hits the â€˜Net.
â€œThis album is, of course, itâ€™s been a long time, itâ€™s been five years since I released a [solo] studio album, so this record is everything,â€ he told MTV. â€œThis is everything that Iâ€™ve got to sayâ€¦I guess you got to live a little, sometimes not all the time, but youâ€™ve got to live a little and you put that in your music and itâ€™s coming from my life.â€
Life Is Good will be released on July 17, 2012.