In the song “30,” the Queens rapper slipped an ode to the collaboration with Preemo in which he mentions that the album may not have an official release date.
” Doesn’t matter this is sheer relief, I feel the breeze this is/ Superhero material, rap star status/ Premier album still might happen,” Nas is rapping to this track. Hit-Boy made track.
The idea of an Nas as well as DJ Premier album got around when the two pals suggested they would like to make the album during an interview interview Scratch in 2007. It took a while and nothing came of it, with Preemo promising it’d be released in different interviews.
Nas as well as DJ Premier began working together following the legendary producer’s hearing Nas’s “Halftime” track for the first time. Preemo adored the album so that he didn’t waste any time in jumping on the debut album Illmaticto produce alongside Large Professor Q-Tip, Large Professor, Pete Rock and more.
The music that resulted from this union comprised one of Nas’s most adored recordings, like “N.Y. State of Mind,”” “Memory Lane (Sittin on da Park)” and “Represent.” The pair would work together on tracks like “Nas It’s like” along with “N.Y. State of Mind Pt. II.”
While not providing fans with any information regarding the project, Nas Preemo and Nas Preemo joined forces in 2022 as they collaborated for “Beat Breaks” off the producer’s Hip Hop 50: Vol. 1 EP.
The track has a vintage DJ Premier boom bap production that is anchored by a breakbeat melody (” Shout to Breakbeat Lenny and Breakbeat Lou,” he sings during the introduction). The track’s title is a reference towards Nas’ ” the smooth criminal on beat breaks” line from the Preemo-produced “N.Y. State of Mind” in which he smacks in.
Nas on his part, lauds the pioneers, basks in the spotlight of rap’s glamor and reminisces about his love affair with culture when he was a kid, while showing his ageless aplomb in the microphone.
” Rocking with Preem is nothing short of amazing,” Preem rhymes, adding: ” Check the vibe, old school styles been augmented/ You heard everything ’til Nas vocal cords hit it/ Good Lord, now is it me or is they hard-headed?/ Premo beats are water, let your thoughts dissolve in it.”