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During a recent interview with Huffington Post, Nas revealed details on his upcoming album and business ventures as well as details on his upcoming track "Sinatra in the Sand" with Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake which Timbaland—who the record is produced by—first spoke on it back in July:

One particular track off the album that has piqued fans’ interest is, “Sinatra In The Sands,” featuring Justin Timberlake and Jay Z. What was the recording process like?

Excitement… Excitement to work and be in the place that we’re all are at, musically. Those are the guys who lasted the test of time, and those guys are at the top of their game. They’re just company to be in. So that’s the whole vibe of that. And of course the title says it all.

Lyrically, where are you taking fans on the track?

More like from a musician’s stand point, someone who’ve been around. Because Sinatra has been around and he has a long, long standing with the stage and the audience for years. And he evolved. His talent got better just like wine. And I think that’s something a lot of people want to achieve. So that’s what this song is really about. Striving to be the best you, like Sinatra had become.

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  • AM999

    another timbaland song. NO. he and swizz fucked up magnacarta. Jay has also fallen off but none the less Magna fucking sucked because of the production

  • marty mcfly

    ^^^ If MCHG was a Kendrick Lamar album you would be saying its AOTY.

  • ct

    ^^If good kid maad city was a jay z album you would be saying its the greatest album of all time

  • marty mcfly

    Probably not because I dont think there could ever be such thing as the greatest album of all time. Like that would be impossible to make in the first place.

  • mpls612

    damn why everybody hate the magna carta album

  • ct

    If you can say one rapper is the greatest of all time then you can say one album is the greatest of all time.

  • marty mcfly

    So is GKMC the greatest album of all time to you?

  • ct

    No, just the best to come out in some years

  • marty mcfly

    What years?

  • ct

    You ask a lot of questions, what is this a test? lol
    Id say since the cool, and American gangster which came out the same year

  • marty mcfly

    Nah just saying and imo artistically MCHG was a good album for Jayz to make. It fits him at this point in his career and it keeps a good balance musically and lyrically throughout. MCHG is basically a Jayz and Timberland album and why not make that in this current state of hip hop? Jayz is who he is and Timberland is who he is and them making a album together artistically sounds like a good idea and in the end it came out dope. There is way more good to say about the album then there is bad. Now if you comparing it to American Gangster thats one thing but Jay really doesn't try to recreate the same albums again. He usually goes somewhere else artistically so MCHG was a good direction to go.

  • ct

    I didn't say mchg was a bad album, it was decent but not that great. But Im not trying to compare it to American gangster, you asked me about gkmc and I said I think it was the best album since then. I know jay z's not going to make the same album over and over, that would be stupid

  • marty mcfly

    I think GKMC sold more then alot of other albums but music wise I think there's alot of albums in the last few years that blow GKMC outta the water.

  • ct

    Well you know what they say about opinions and assholes lol

  • marty mcfly

    You said MCHG is good but not great but whats the great albums this year then? Cause musically these niggas aint making albums like MCHG, that just doesn't happen. And if you go back some years you'll end up just bring up another album from the same guy (like you did with American Gangster) that can compete musically. As far as putting the right lyrics with the right hooks and beats on a complete body of work. Either your holding Jayz to a standard of music that almost nobody can reach or you just dont like Jayz because from a musical standard shit like Holy Grail, Oceans, Picasso, Part2, Fuckwitme, Crown, Somewhereinamerica etc... is just too much on one album to not be great. If you dont think its great or you dont like it thats fine but song for song, niggas just dont make these kinda albums and thats cause they cant. People listen to Jayz and compare him with himself and with earlier albums from him they've been sitting with for years but if you take all the hype away and take the names away and just hear the album as if its from a new artist, MCHG is just a better album then most albums period. You take the hype away from GKMC, it may still be good but the best in the last few years? I highly doubt it.

  • marty mcfly

    Thats why I made the comment about Kendrick in the first place but you could say another artist like J Cole. If MCHG was Cole's album fools would be saying that the album was amazing but since its Jayz... bullshit.

  • ct

    I didn't say any album that dropped this year was great, but some really good ones to me were born sinner, nothing was the same and my name is my name. "Either your holding Jayz to a standard of music that almost nobody can reach or you just dont like Jayz ", or maybe I do like jay z but just don't tell it like it is with a non bias opinion. If you think the album is great which you obviously do then that's fine, as long as you know you that's your opinion and I have one to. If you take away hype from mchg you got great production, decent lyrics and repetitive content, that's not great to me.

  • ct

    just tell it like it is*

  • ct

    Are you going to argue back and forth with me about how those songs are great or are you going to use a little intelligence and realize my opinion probably isn't going to change, you're wasting your time, and your opinion isn't law?

  • marty mcfly

    Nah some things are beyond just good at some point and start showing straight up evidence of greatness. Anybody with basic knowledge of hip hop music or music in general and is also familiar with just where the bar of excellence overall is held at on most hip hop projects knows at some point a album starts showing signs of just being a great album. You always say its about opinion but that is just common knowledge. Thats like saying there are 7 days a week, well yes dumbass we know there are 7 days in a week so why you always repeat what doesn't have to be said idk. Thats such a lightweight point as a response that you should feel like your insulting your own intelligence to even say whats so basic. You could take my "opinion" totally out the picture and still hear things on the album that clearly are beyond just good. Far as music goes somethings can be looked at as straight up music and thats even if you dont like it. When you hear a song like Holy Grail for example, you dont have to like it but at some point its just too obvious that its an excellent song. Just from a musical perspective its undeniable thats its not just good but it does indeed reach great status and there are several moments on the album that produce such musical standards. Look at the albums you named? Now your talking about decent lyrics and repetitive content? Did you even listen to those albums you named cause they touch on the same topics so many times throughout those albums it ridiculous. Now MCHG, Holy Grail - the trappings of fame at his level and a bunch of other messages in one song. Picasso Baby - Now people always want hardcore music from Jay but they still want him to have a certain honesty about his status as far as being successful enough to leave that streets so you get Picasso Baby which was done perfectly to fit in the middle of both worlds and still speak on fine art in the process. Fuckwitme... Is probably the hardest song this year and the beginning carries a message too. Oceans, musically just an awesome song and the double entendres here are almost genius as the escalate throughout the song with historical reference points in contrast to Jay himself. FUTW is dope as fuck and also has a message. Somewhereinamerica- message. Crown - Dope, Heaven - dope and also filled with a bunch of little jewels. Part2 - dope especially just the concept of it which was done perfectly, 2pac cadence and all and even if you dont like that, musically it just sounds good. BBC, has a certain topic which could be shallow but it has one. Jayz Blue - about his daughter. Nickels And Dimes - dope way to end an album and it has its messages. Now you imply those other albums have a more well rounded display of subject matter? FOH. Even if you say something is repetitive, there is way too many intricate lyrics here that touch on alot of different things. Musically all of this is pulled together very well. Now before you go on and on about your "opinion". Just know that at some point its like be honestly with yourself, MCHG isnt great? Really? You dont even have to like it but its like there is just too much evidence here that maybe its just a great album. Judge an album for what it is not what you think it should be or what your comparing it to and from the start of Justin Timberlake singing an amazing hook to the end of Nickels And Dimes where Jay is giving answer to Harry Belafonte's comments, there's so so much going on here that you'll find something in these bars and in comparison to the albums you named? They just dont stand a chance with this. Its more dynamic lyrically and sonically then Born Sinner, it touches on more subject matter the My Name Is My Name and its just put together better and it has just as far reach as Drakes album musically but the lyrical perspective of it gives it a bit more edge then NWTS. So yeah MCHG is a great album if you can get passed your own hate and just keep it real.

  • ct

    @marty lol You wrote way too much my dude, but music is subjective, that point alone kills your whole argument. I don't "hate" jayz , he's actually one of my favorite rappers. But the album wasn't that great, get over yourself and your love for him lol

  • ct

    Its not a "light weight point" to say its your opinion, that's just where it ends, and why that novel you wrote don't mean nothing. No matter how much you write at the end of the day its still just you're opinion, and you're opinion doesn't make anything "obviously" great to anybody other then yourself

  • ct

    You ask why would I repeat something that doesn't have to be said. Because clearly if you understood that point you wouldn't dedicate that novel you wrote to try and pass your opinions off as fact.

  • marty mcfly

    So thats your response? LOL, yeah bitch thats your opinion which like always is a whole lot of nothing.

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