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Nas Drops 'Magic 2' With Hit-Boy

Nas Drops 'Magic 2' With Hit-Boy

Published Fri, July 21, 2023 at 11:40 AM EDT

Nas dropped Magic 2, the sequel to his 2021 album Magic at midnight on July 21.

He announced the project on social media earlier this week complete with cover art and the caption "7.21." The 11-song project marks the fifth collaboration between Nas and producer Hit-Boy which included three volumes of Kings Disease, with the most recent being released last year. Bishop Magic Don Juan, 50 Cent and 21 Savage make guest appearances on Magic 2 (21 Savage appears on the previously released bonus track "One Mic One Gun").

Eyes blurry, sayin' goodbye at the cemetery, I murder ni**as on wax and forget where they buried, this the hardest shit since Rakim and Eric B, or pistols on your album cover just like BDP.

- Nas, Pistols On Your Album Cover

Nas and Hit-Boy continue the chemistry that they've cultivated over the last three years with a combination of triplet/bounce styled tracks and Boom Bap beats. After a spoken word intro by Bishop Magic Don Juan, the bouncy "Abracadabra" highlights the versatility of modern Nas and is a perfect example of why their chemistry works.

The 50 Cent assisted "Office Hours" contains hard drums, a string heavy sample and a hungry sounding Nas on top of his game. 50's brief verse perfectly punctuates the song. The piano heavy "Black Magic" is another example of Nas adopting current triplet flows while the uptempo "Motion" is an album standout and classic Nasty Nas.

"Bookeem Woodbine" with its chopped samples and hard drums is another standout along with the bouncy horn-heavy "Earvin Magic Johnson." "What This All Really Means," "Slow It Down," and "Pistols On Your Album Cover" are reminiscent of Nas at his best. His cadence, lyrics and energy display a hunger that not many MCs with a discography as lengthy as his are able maintain.

Magic 2 is another win for a duo who show no signs of slowing down.

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