COLUMBIA (C2S 59048) 2002
The Lost Tapes is a compilation album by American rapper Nas. It was released on September 23, 2002, by Ill Will Records and Columbia Records, who wanted to capitalize on what was seen in hip hop music as Nas’ artistic comeback the year before.
The album compiles previously unreleased tracks that were discarded from recording sessions for Nas’ previous studio albums, I Am… (1999) and Stillmatic (2001). It features production by L.E.S., The Alchemist, Poke and Tone, and Deric “D-Dot” Angelettie, among others. With low-key, sparse sounds and observational lyrics about urban life, the songs are autobiographical and nostalgic, departing from the thug persona of Nas’ previous records.