The Realness II is set to drop in October and looks to close out an interesting year for Hip-Hop. Mega has taken a different approach than the microwave rap that has come to dominate the genre.
Cormega explained why The Realness II has taken years to manifest.
“I’ve learned to be patient. My greatest acquisition in the last 10 years is patience. And another acquisition is empathy,” Mega told AllHipHop’s Chuck “Jigsaw” Creekmur. “Sometimes you want an artist or a producer to do something and they say they are gonna do it and they take long. Or they just front. There were a couple of artist that I waited on and one of them fronted on me.” In the interview, he chronicles how the “fronting” rapper turned into the song featuring Nas.
More than that, the album features Cormega, who is one of the most prolific and intelligent artists ever. He’s known for his lyricism and graphic portrayal of the streets. He’s dropped numerous albums as well as several classics The Realness (2001), The True Meaning (2002), The Testament (2005), Born and Raised (2009) and Mega Philosophy (2014), which was produced by Large Pro.
The Realness II, a partnership with Viper Records, is expected to be one of the best of 2022. The current single is “Essential,” produced by Havoc of Mobb Deep fame.
“The finished product is something I can be proud of,” Cormega said. “I’m excited about this album. I’ve seen a man cry after hearing one of these songs and he was with a woman.”