Nas sat down with XXL to discuss his highly anticipated Lost Tapes 2′, and reveals how the sequel came about.

“You record a lot of records, and things that don’t make the album, they get put to the side and you don’t know what to do with them,” he continued. “They sit around and they start taking on a form of their own and it belongs in an album. That’s what I’d like to do. So of course my new album is priority for the record company people and even me, but just trying to find time to put Lost Tapes and then this out—’cause everybody drops mixtapes and stuff like that and they don’t have a problem with it, but my shit comes and it’s like they’re holdin’ it with gloves…I’m like, come on, guys, I just wanna go out and play with the rest of ’em; with the niggas out their putting their shit out.”

For those who don’t remember Nas recently wrote an email to Def Jam putting them on blast for holding back his project. The good news for Hip Hop fans is Nas has revealed that he & Def Jam are in the process of working out a deal to release the album.