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VIBE Exclusive: Nas Says He May Or May Not Appear On Jay-Z's 'Magna Carta Holy Grail'

Hip-hop collectively peed its pants when Def Jam A&R Lenny S. uploaded a photo of Jay-Z, Timbaland, Justin Timberlake and Nas kicking it at Swizz Beatz’s Jungle City studios earlier this month. Nas, who is pictured clutching a glass of Henny, helped add some color to the already-classic candid.

“It’s Rat Pack-ing,” Nas told VIBE yesterday afternoon (June 27), alluding to Frank Sinatra’s crew of kingpins. “We were definitely recording. Magna Carta was going down. Some Justin Timberlake new album stuff was in the next room. Timbaland. D'USSE. Hennessey. Good times.”

Will the work and play captured in Lenny S.’s lens yield any monster collaborations for Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail or Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience Part 2?

“I think you’re going to see me on a project, maybe two projects,” says Nas, before adding a cryptic “but who knows?”

Still hot off 2012’s worshipped Life Is Good and his torch-passing response to J. Cole's "Let Nas Down," the Queensbridge rapper is more certain about the status of his next LP, of which he’d announced via his Twitter account (@Nas) that he’d reveal the title in May. Two months later, the world continues to wait.

“I’ve been swamped with so much I didn’t even have the time,” he says, still tight-lipped about the album’s title. Nas says he’s begun the recording process, yet he’s still in the early stages.

“There are so many things that ain’t been said; so many things that I’ve seen that I ain’t never told,” says Nas. “I’m so excited to tell this story because it’s real shit and it’s needed. I hate to sound like that, because we all sound like we think we’re big shit. But fuck it—it’s needed.”

While there’s no anticipated release date for Nas’ new project, Magna Carta Holy Grail will be released on July 4 and The 20/20 Experience Part 2 is scheduled for a Sept. 30 drop date. —John Kennedy

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Dubbed Kentucky Fried Chicken & Donuts, the new sandwich will be sold at seven locations in Richmond.

“Served hot and fresh, no matter the time of day, the donuts create a tasty flavor experience in every bite. Consumers will have a variety of options to satisfy their sweet and savory taste buds,” said a spokesperson.

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The Invasion Of Privacy artist said she's started working on her forthcoming project. "Everything is going good. I'm working on my album, I already have two songs," she said. "I actually have three but I'm not sure about one of them. I'm working on it."

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Since having her first child, Kulture, last year with husband Offset, Cardi has been very candid about her experiences with motherhood and how it's changed her outlook on life. "I just wanna be home all the time," she told Harper's Bazaar. "I don't care about going out anymore. The things that I thought matter, it didn't really matter. I'm just so focused on my kid. I don't be sad for long because whenever I'm with my baby, it's like, 'Yeah, whatever. F**k everybody.'"

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Ja responded to a fan's question on "why now?" for the nostalgic liberation. "Music is timeless," he said while teasing his new album set to debut on Dec. 12.

Music is timeless... my new album 12.Twelve.XII comes out dec. 12th... https://t.co/JQka4zgeqI

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I will be rereleasing ALL of my albums as visual albums... I will be making a video for every song I’ve ever made... what songs do y’all wanna see videos for???

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With more than 100 songs under his belt, Ja definitely has a task ahead. Good luck, your fans are looking forward to it!

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