Nas is a busy man. As the CEO of his label, Mass Appeal, he’s been bringing forth new talent like Harlem emcee Dave East, while juggling his partnership with Hennessy and taking on the executive producer role for Netflix series, “The Get Down.”
When he’s not breaking new artists or being the frontman of Hennessy, he’s investing time into his Weworked-customized office space alongside Peter Bittenbender, the CEO of media and content at Mass Appeal.
Recently, Billboard sat down with Nas, Bittenbender and WeWork vice chairman Michael Gross to talk about Mass Appeal’s upcoming projects and their partnership with WeWork, the company “that flips white-walled, corporate offices into inspiration-inducing collaborative workspaces.”
While sharing details about the headquarters new and improved office designs, Nas reveals that he is in fact working on an album.
Nas, I know you made a record called “Nas Album Done” but I guess the album isn’t finished yet?
It’s not done till it hits the streets.
But the studio in this office is going to help create the vibe.
Oh yeah, that room is where we’re finishing everything.
Can fans expect this album before the year is over?
Any titles in mind?
Not yet, not till release.
Will you drop tracks before the whole album comes out?
We might do a single but we might do something different.
Gross: We just [worked with] The Chainsmokers. We did our first Creator Awards in L.A. and at the end, a sort of job fair, sort of networking [event]. We give a bunch of money to all the new start-ups and non-profits and then we ended up with a big party and Chainsmokers played. What was interesting to watch was with their album, they dropped tracks every two to three weeks and it just builds off of that. They have three songs that are out and it’s a different way to think about [music]. They’re working on the album as products get out. It’s great to see.
Nas: That’s great because then it’s not just records that you’ve been holding onto for months and months and months — then by the time you release your record, you feel different. It’s a different world now so you want to put out records fresh from to your head to the world now and get the feedback from the people and make it whole.
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