Nas' I Am is one of those albums steeped in intrigue and mystique. First, there's the rumor that Nas almost suffocated while shooting the Egyptian-themed cover. Next, there is the controversy surrounding the Diddy-assisted single, "Hate Me Now," whose video — depicting Diddy being crucified — led to a skirmish at Steve Stoute's office.
However, the album's preliminary leak is probably the most notable event — given that it led to a restructuring of the album that Nas intended to put out in the first place — which included a double disc.
Thus, songs like “Poppa Was a Player,” “Fetus (Belly Button Window),” “Drunk By Myself” never saw official releases.
In honor of Record Store Day, Nas' I Am... The Autobiography, will go from mythical what if, to a tactile thing. Legacy Recordings bills it as featuring, " 2 unreleased tracks, as well as many other rarities that have been on limited vinyl and 12" previously, as well as deluxe packaging. A must-have for any Nas and die-hard Hip-Hop head!"
I Am... The Autobiography drops 11/24.