The creative collaboration between Nas and Hit-Boy has proven to be highly successful, resulting in five projects, including ‘King’s Disease II’, which earned Nas his first Grammy win in 2022, ending a more than 20-year wait for the seasoned rapper. However, all good things must come to an end, and as such, Nas and Hit-Boy are set to release one final album before parting ways. The album, titled ‘Magic 3′, is slated for release on September 14, which coincides with Nas’ 50th birthday. The duo announced their final project on Instagram after hinting at their “finale” over the past week.
In a post by Hit-Boy, the producer expressed his gratitude to “any and everyone who’s listened” and stated that “it’s been fun”. Nas, on the other hand, reflected on their journey in his caption, writing, “It’s been nothing short of Magical!”
Their first five albums, which include three ‘King’s Disease’ projects and two ‘Magic’ installments, have been credited with rejuvenating Nas’ appeal among younger audiences and his original fans following years of diminishing reception. This observation has been noted by the likes of Lonzo Ball and 21 Savage. However, Savage quickly retracted his statement after featuring on the ‘Magic 2’ track, ‘One Mic, One Gun’. Nas was later chosen to remake ‘Rapper’s Delight’ alongside contemporary artists GloRilla and Latto and fellow veteran Rakim, demonstrating his continued relevance after working with younger stars such as Don Toliver, Lil Durk, and ASAP Rocky.