Nas, the legendary rapper is producing a brand new album in addition to co-writing his own autobiographical show, “Street Dreams,” for Xbox. He will also produce music for the upcoming show.

“I started working with

[Timbaland], I want to say a year and a half ago, I think it was the same year I dropped my last album,Life is Good, [in 2012]. I started with Tim and it felt really powerful.”

Yet, as powerful as it was, something just wasn’t quite right. “I stepped back from it,” Nasty continued. “Tim’s like, ‘What are you doing?’ and I’m like, ‘I just need a minute to like ‒ I just need a minute to take it all in, just live a little and enjoy day-by-day stuff and daily stuff I’m doing.’ It’s just ‒ I didn’t want to go back in the studio that quick. I felt like I needed to be inspired.”

Only when Nas was reflecting on the origins of his career, getting ready to celebrate the two decades that had passed since his debut album, did he again feel the necessary spark. Particularly, he credited the recent documentary, “Time Is Illmatic,” and its creators. “I salute them dudes, man ‒ One9, Erik Parker, the whole crew over there that’s put that film together ‒ because that’s helped me find the inspiration,” he said. “I found it.