Cashmere Cat is a featured producer on Nas’ new album, ‘Nasir’
As the summer of G.O.O.D Music continues and the hip-hop Gods of the modern-day bestow their gifts upon us, most recently being Kid Cudi and Kanye West‘s collaborative Kids See Ghosts, it’s become quite clear that few producers compare to the raw talent of Mr. West. Politics aside, Kanye’s production output this summer has been unheard of. He’s releasing storied projects on a weekly basis, not to mention the fact that he’s elevated himself and each his talents to a new height with an amalgamation of innovation.
Now, Kanye’s given us Nas’ latest effort Nasir. It’s Nas’ first LP since 2012’s Life Is Good, and he’s in top form, with beats that highlight the pair’s production evolution. Although, what’s perhaps the most interesting element about Nasir is that it not only incorporates some of Mr. West’s rawest production prowess, but also that the album features production contributions from EDM’s favorite kitty, and longtime Kanye affiliate, Cashmere Cat. Cashmere’s work can be found on the album’s opening tune, “Not For Radio,” which features Puff Daddy and G.O.O.D. music’s hottest new artist, 070 Shake. He’s credited alongside Kanye, Mike Dean, and Benny Blanco as a producer on the track as well as a producer on “Everything,” featuring The-Dream.
This certainly doesn’t mark the first time Ye’s consulted dance music aficionados for his own projects. Consider his 2007 sampling of Daft Punk‘s “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” on “Stronger,” although his more recent implementation of a dance artist in the studio does point to an interesting potential for the continual intersection of the genres in the future. Stream Nasir here.