In a recent interview with the Boston Herald, Nas gave his thoughts on Jay-Z’s latest song, “D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)”.
Nas stated that Auto-Tune is “hot,”
but not the style of music which he makes or listens to.
“Auto-Tune’s gonna be the shit like 10 years from now,” said Nas. “We’re gonna all remember that time when Auto-Tune was what everyone was doing. And you need moments like that. It’s like, ‘Wow, remember when everybody had synthesizer beats? Or remember when everybody used to do cuts in their choruses? Or use this kind of sample or use that kind of drum machine? It’s just another moment in music.”
While he didn’t admonish the fad like Jay-Z has, Nas did make a comparison between “D.O.A.” and his 2006 release, Hip Hop Is Dead.
“Everything comes to an end and goes to a new phase,” explained Nas. “So records like ‘D.O.A.’ have to be made right now. That’s why I did Hip Hop Is Dead. These records have to be made. It’s rappers making records that resemble what the real rap sounds like to shake up all this other (stuff).”
Finally, Nas also spoke on whether or not his personal drama with ex-wife (and mother of his newborn child) Kelis would affect his music. “You know what it’s funny, I never know if (personal drama) is gonna influence the music until I’m making it. The record I’m working on now has a focus; it’s me and Damian (Marley) and we have our focus and we already started working on for a few months now. So I have no idea. It’s interesting though. I’m interested to see it myself, you know?”
Nas’ project with Damian Marley, Distant Relatives, has no set releae date. The duo is currently on the Rock the Bells tour.