Iconic New York rapper Nas has released his thirteenth studio album, King’s Disease, via Mass Appeal/Def Jam. The album features production by Hit-Boy and follows his 2019 compilation album, The Lost Tapes 2, and his Kanye West-produced 2018 studio album, NASIR.
The new LP includes features from a variety of high-profile artists including Anderson .Paak, who turns up to croon on the buttery “All Bad”. If you listen closely, the track also features a masterful bass line provided by none other than MonoNeon.
As the enigmatic Ghost-Note bassist explained to Bass Magazine, Maurice “Mobetta” Brown, the Grammy-winning trumpeter/producer and touring member of .Paak’s band, The Free Nationals, “asked me to come by .Paak’s place to play bass on some tracks. … But I didn’t know it was going to be for Nas’ new album [laughing]. I’m thankful to be part of a great album!”
“All Bad” is featured on the newly-launched August 2020 edition of Live For Live Music’s serial Spotify playlist, the L4LM Monthly Mix. Listen to the full playlist and read along with our “Liner Notes” here. You can stream “All Bad” below:
Nas, Anderson .Paak – “All Bad”
King’s Disease isn’t the only high-profile hip-hop release this year to feature serendipitous contributions from MonoNeon. The Memphis native provided the bass track for “Complicated” off the late Mac Miller‘s posthumous album, Circles. As MonoNeon explained of the Mac Miller collab in an Instagram post,
This is super special for me mane!!! Mac Miller messaged me on Instagram out of the blue March 1st of 2018 asking to record bass on a song that would be entitled, ‘Complicated’. When he emailed the track for me to work on the next day (March 2nd of 2018), I didn’t think much of it ever being released. I was just excited to collab with Mac in some way. I was so excited that I ran into my mom’s room, jumping around and told her, ‘Mac Miller wants me to record bass on his song, hell yea!’—not knowing it would be one of his last recordings. Unfortunately, me and Mac didn’t get a chance to meet in person, but Mac showed me love and I’m grateful for that!
Listen to the new Nas album, King’s Disease, which features “All Bad”, in its entirety below:
Nas – King’s Disease – Full Album