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Nas fans everywhere leaped for joy when the Queens, NY rapper announced on Twitter the forthcoming release of The Lost Tapes: Volume 2.

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The first The Lost Tapes album from 2002 was a collection of unreleased songs from Nas’ previous albums up to Stillmatic.  It’s widely considered to be one of Nas’ best albums since his debut Illmatic.

With the bar set so high, fans are hoping that this second entry into The Lost Tapes series will be just as good, considering the less than stellar fan response to Nas’ last two albums.

MTV News reports that The Lost Tapes: Volume 2 will hit stores on December 14th.

In an email exchange with Shaheem Reid of MTV, Nas said that the album will be followed in 2011 with an album of all new material.

“I’m unloading records I want the streets to hear,” the Queens rapper said in an e-mail. “Cleaning out my hard drives. Gonna do this, then start fresh. I’m dropping my solo LP before the summer of 2011. I love the energy the world has been giving me over the last two years. But now it’s time to focus on owning the streets again.”

Check out “Poppa Was A Player” from The Lost Tapes: Volume 1, produced by Kanye West

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