As fans wait in anticipation for Nas' tenth studio album, "Life Is Good," until its July 17 release date, the Don has managed to whet palettes with single releases. Today (July 2), the veteran MC dropped another gem, entitled "Loco-Motive".
The song, an ode to New York City living, features fellow Queens native Large Professor, of the '90s hip-hop group Main Source. Featuring all the bells and whistles of the railroad, the production can be credited to No I.D., who spearheaded six cuts on the album.
Nas doesn't hold back on "Loco-Motive", delivering raw raps reminiscent of his classic track "N.Y. State of Mind."
"The timing was just calling for me to not avoid all the shit that was going on out there," Nas recently revealed in an interview with Billboard concerning his new LP. "It was like a 10,000-ton gorilla in the room watching me. This is the way I got it off of my chest. This album talks about life, love and money. It talks about the fact that marriage is expensive. 'Life Is Good' represents the most beautiful, dramatic and heavy moments in my life."
"Life is Good" drops on July 17. Nas is set to perform songs from the album at the 2012 ESPY Awards on July 11. The album's second single, "Daughters," is currently No. 91 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart.