Nas Enlists Heavyweights For Def Jam Debut, Collabo's With Jay-Z, Kanye & Dr. Dre

ImageAfter having his album pushed back numerous times, Nas is finally scheduled to release his highly anticipated Hip-Hop Is Dead LP on December 19.

The album will mark the Queens, NY lyricist's first offering on Def Jam records under his own imprint, The Jones Experience. His new contract also involves a joint venture between Island Def Jam and Sony Records, - Sony is Nas' previous label, Columbia's parent company - with the companies working as financial partners on his first two albums under a four album deal. For the initial two albums Def Jam will provide A&R, promotion and distribution and the labels will both share in the marketing costs.

With his release date approaching, Nas is readying to drop the title track featuring Black Eyed Peas front man will.i.am on production. A snippet of the song leaked onto the internet this weekend. The album also features production by Dr. Dre, Kanye West, Just Blaze, DJ Premier and Scott Storch. Guest appearances include The Game, Snoop Dogg and West. Hip-Hop Is Dead has also been rumored to feature a long anticipated Nas and Jay-Z collaboration.

As previously reported by, Nas is one of several albums to be released by Def Jam in the next two months. Jay-Z, Young Jeezy and Fabolous are also scheduled to hit stores with new LPs by the end of the year.

Nas' Hip-Hop Is Dead is slated to hit shelves on December 19.

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