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Nas and DJ Shadow come together for new song “Systematic” — listen

Preview of Nas' follow-up to Life Is Good?

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    Nas photo by Ben Kaye

    Ever since Nas declared his next “Album Done” on his contribution to DJ Khaled’s compilation album, Major Key, the world has been waiting with bated breath. There’s been little news about the Life Is Good follow-up since then, save for the Queensbridge rapper for telling Billboard he “might do something different” to promote the album before it drops this year. Time will tell what exactly what Nas meant, but for now, he’s collaborated with DJ Shadow on a new track called “Systematic”.

    The beat features Shadow’s sampling expertise and record scratches, as it simultaneously pays homage to Illmatic-era boom bap while also feeling fresh. Nas brings the heat as well, instructing listeners to feel what he’s saying and bragging about his recent venture capitalist ventures. “Meetin’ starters, I invest if I want to/ Transform the global market with all of my partners.” Stream it below.

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    It’s currently unknown whether “Systematic” will appear on either artist’s next projects or whether it’s merely a loose track. Update: The track is featured on the season premiere of HBO’s Silicon Valley. Recently, Nas released “Angel Dust” on The Get Down: Part II Soundtrack. DJ Shadow last album was 2016’s The Mountain Will Fall.

    Both artists are on tour throughout the spring and summer. Find their respective schedules below.

    Nas 2017 Tour Dates:
    04/23 – San Bernadino, CA @ High Times Cannabis Cup
    04/28 – New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
    05/27 – Monterey, CA @ California Roots Music and Arts Festival
    06/24 – Heber City, UT @ Bonanza Campout
    07/01 – Tilburg, NL @ Woo Hah! Festival
    07/06-07/08 – Frauenfeld, CH @ Openair Frauenfeld
    07/09 – London, UK @ Wireless Festival
    07/10 – Liverpool, UK @ Liverpool University Guild of Students
    07/11 – Glasgow, UK @ O2 Academy
    07/14 – Dour, BE @ Dour Festival
    08/27 – Portland, OR @ Project Pabst

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    DJ Shadow 2017 Tour Dates:
    04/21 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
    05/18 – Tokyo, JP @ Liquid Room
    05/23 – Perth, AU @ Astor Theatre
    05/25 – Brisbane, AU @ The Tivoli
    05/27 – Sydney, AU @ Vivid Sydney
    05/28 – Sydney, AU @ Vivid Sydney
    05/31 – Melbourne, AU @ 170 Russell
    06/02 – Auckland, NZ @ The Powerstation
    06/09 – Helsinki, FI @ Sideways Festival
    06/14 – Toulouse, FR @ Le Bikini
    06/16 – Barcelona, ES @ Sonar Music Festival
    06/17 – Biarritz, FR @ Atabal
    06/20 – Paris, FR @ Elysee Montmartre
    06/21 – Orleans, FR @ L’Astrolabe
    06/22 – Lyon, FR @ Transbordeur
    06/24 – Shepton Mallet, UK @ Glastonbury Festival
    07/06 – Quebec City, CA @ Festival d’été de Québec
    07/28 – Randalls Island, NY @ Panorama Music Festival
    08/11 – Budapest, HU @ Sziget Music Festival
    08/13 – Newquay, UK @ Boardmasters Festival
    08/15 – Brighton, UK @ Concorde 2
    08/16 – Brighton, UK @ Concorde 2
    08/18 – Saint-Malo, FR @ La Route Du Rock Festival
    09/06 – Fort Punto Christo, HR @ Outlook Music Festival
    09/09 – Dorset, UK @ Bestival
    09/25 – Antwerp, BE @ De Roma
    09/26 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
    09/30 – Birmingham, UK @ O2 Institute
    10/01 – Leeds, UK @ O2 Academy
    10/03 – Glasgow, UK @ O2 ABC
    10/05 – Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall Manchester
    10/06 – Bristol, UK @ O2 Academy Bristol
    10/07 – London, UK @ Roundhouse

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