Nas releases NASIR – The Film, a new 16-minute short film soundtracked by the superstar’s most recent album of the same name. Each track off NASIR received visuals, making the film just an extended music video. The short film is written and directed by Rohan Blair-Mangat (who previously did JAY-Z’s video for the 4:443 cut “Bam”). In a4ddition to Nas himself, NASIR – The Film stars Slick Rick, Demarius Mack, among others.
The short film touches on the many social issues currently and historically ingrained into his local community of Queens, New York, such as racism and police brutality. Watch the full thing below.
In other news, Nas will be featured on the new Creed II soundtrack, which is being executive produce by Mike WiLL Made-It.
Originally released in June of 2018, Nasir stands as its creator’s eleventh studio album and serves as the follow-up to 2012’s Life Is Good LP. Nasir introduced seven new tracks to listeners, all of which were produced Kanye West. For the “Cops Shot the Kid” vignette, Nas is also joined by Slick Rick, whose “Children’s Story” record is sampled on the track.
“The cop shot the kid, same old scene / Pour out a little liquor, champagne for pain / Slap-boxin’ in the street / Crack the hydrant in the heat,” Nas raps. “
Cop cars on the creep / Doin’ they round-ups, we just watch for the sweep / Yeah, it’s hotter than July / It’s the summer when n***as die / It’s the summer when n***as ride.”
Coming off of his latest Kanye West-produced album NASIR, the rapper returns to his roots in a cinematic visual that eloquently articulates featuring artist The-Dream’s chorus “don’t fall too far from the apple tree.” In the video, Nas’ track comes to life in his “garden of eden” Queensbridge neighborhood, with kids playing amongst themselves against the contrasting adults that are either passing or chasing time.The final scene showcases a group of children against a brick wall, recreating the album art for NASIR.