Nas said the follow-up to 2002's compilation project became a lost cause when trying to deal with the powers that be at Def Jam.
"When I released the other Lost Tapes, I was at Sony," Nas explained in an interview. "Being at Sony for so long, I was used to things going easily -- with Def Jam, I'd just gotten there, so I'm still in my Sony ways, like 'Yeah, this record is going to come out this time and I'm going to set up from that. Then a few months later I'm going to drop this ... ' But they're like 'We just started working together so we can do this but wait. Maybe we should do it like this?' I wasn't used to that and then there was no communication at all and I really wasn't used to that -- with Sony, I wasn't used to a lot of communication, we understood what we were doing...We don't have to sit around. With Def Jam, it was more 'Let's sit down and have tea.' I wasn't used to that and it kinda messed up my flow. The timing for [the compilation] is gone, now it's just all about the new record." (MTV)