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Veteran New York rapper Nas has reportedly change his original plans for his follow-up to 2002’s Lost Tapes compilation album and said the project could ultimately be free.

“Because I kind of lost time, I really wanted to release [the album] in December,” Nas said in an interview with MTV reflecting on his aim to drop Lost Tapes 2 last month.

“But I’m starting my next album. So I feel like I’ll probably give The Lost Tapes as a deluxe, maybe, on the next album for free. I’m trying to figure that out now. It’s not safe to say that it’s gonna be on Def Jam. You know, news at 11. We coming with the information on that soon.”

Late last year, fans of Nas created a website to petition against Def Jam hoping to pressure the release of Lost Tapes 2.

“We the fans of Nasir Jones, have been waiting for the follow-up to the 2002 classic “Lost Tapes”. This was a record of compiled tracks that did not make Nas albums, but put together for the sake of the fans. Since its release almost a decade ago, it has received critical acclaim and quickly became a fan favorite. It has come to our attention that Nas has in fact completed the follow-up, titled “Lost Tapes 2″, and is waiting for you (Def Jam) to green-light the project and give it a release date. We do not like to go into speculation and rumors, but it seems as though you do not want to release Lost Tapes 2 because you don’t want it to count as an official album since Nas only has 2 more albums left to fulfill his contractual obligation to Def Jam.”

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