If anyone knows the stress of following up a classic debut album, it’s Nas. His 1994 “Illmatic” was dubbed a classic when it dropped, and he spoke with Complex to give advice to Kendrick.
“Yeah, I daresay it’s the same thing. After my first record, Illmatic, people were waiting. Their anticipation for my first album was huge, but the anticipation for my second album, It Was Written, was way crazier.
“He’s just set up for his second offering. The [anticipation] is through the roof. It’s such a great place to be for someone who’s a writer, especially in a business today where it’s about singles and records that just go off in the club.
“So whatever he does, in my opinion, will be appreciated but at the same time he knows he has to bring it. It’s about challenges, right?”
Read the full interview here