Nas has announced his second Hit Boy-produced Magic album of the summer, and it’s coming out on Thursday (September 14), Nas’ 50th birthday. Magic 3 is the rapper’s follow up to July’s Magic 2, which features guest appearances from 50 Cent (“Office Hours”) and 21 Savage (“One Mic, One Gun”). Check out the album art below.
A cryptic video posted to Nas’ Instagram last week teasing “The Finale” led to speculation about the rapper’s retirement, but the announcement of Magic 3 confirms the completion of Nas’ second consecutive trilogy of Hit Boy-produced Nas albums. The pair first worked together on the Best Rap Album Grammy-winning 2020 LP King’s Disease (Nas’s first), and promptly followed it up with two sequels: King’s Disease II and King’s Disease III. He released Magic on Christmas Eve 2021.
Later this month, Nas is set to embark on the European leg of his joint NY State of Mind Tour with the Wu-Tang Clan.