The 15-track project, due out Friday (August 6), boasts a supporting cast that’s likely able to whet the appetite of any Hip Hop fan.
Guest spots come from fellow rap veterans Eminem, Lauryn Hill and EPMD, as well as current favorites such as YG, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and 2021 HipHopDX Rising Star Blxst.
Charlie Wilson, who co-starred on the King’s Disease cut “Car #85,” and Hit-Boy, who executive produced both King’s Disease and King’s Disease II, also make appearances.
Lauryn Hill’s cameo on the song “Nobody” marks a long-awaited reunion between Nas and the former Fugees first lady, who famously teamed up on 1996’s It Was Written track “If I Ruled the World (Imagine That).”
Meanwhile, “EPMD 2” — the follow-up to Nas and Hit-Boy’s Judas and the Black Messiah soundtrack cut — serves as the first-ever official collaboration between Nas and Eminem. Up until now, the pair have only appeared together on bootleg songs and unreleased tracks.
Fittingly enough, “EPMD 2” also features EPMD, the legendary Hip Hop duo comprised of Erick Sermon and Parish Smith who released a series of classic albums in the late ’80s and early ’90s.
Released almost a year ago in August 2020, King’s Disease debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 and won Best Rap Album at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards, earning Nas his first Grammy.
It remains to be seen whether Nas’ King’s Disease II will be going up against Kanye West’s Donda, which is also scheduled to arrive on August 6 — pending any further delays, of course.