After teaming up with Charli XCX for her latest single ‘I, U, US’ and Stormzy for ‘Ambition‘, the South London rising star adds to her impressive resume by hopping on a track with Queensbridge legend Nas.
The track comes from the soundtrack of The Birth Of A Nation, a forthcoming film about Nat Turner, an enslaved man who led a rebellion against his captors in 1831 in Virginia. The soundtrack opens with a fiery new protest song from Vic Mensa, and moves on to a collab between Meek Mill and Pusha T, a new 2 Chainz track, and then a reflective banger from Gucci Mane and Lil Wayne. The penultimate track on the album, before a gospel arrangement from the Wiley College Choir, is a brand new track from Nas, entitled ‘War‘. The song, on which Nas makes a declaration of war against institutional racism, features London singer RAYE. The beat starts with just with piano but veers into unexpected high-production territory as Nas’ message heats up and Raye delivers a powerful chorus. A powerful contribution, the track that has the teenage pop prodigy and her veteran collaborator letting out a cry for rebellion that is as relevant as ever in our own turbulent times.
The Illmatic wordsmith goes on to address incidents of police brutality around the country with his second verse. “Why doesn’t the government order capital punishment / To officers who racial profile and put slugs in us?” he asks. “Makes me think they want us extinct.”
Speaking to the presidential race, Nas also provides commentary about Republican nominee Donald Trump’s slogan. “Watch out for the traitors,” he raps. “When they say make America great again, do they mean make us all slaves again? Don’t be sidetracked.” To cap the song off, Nas delivers a potent message about unity against injustice. “Dear America,” he begins. “It’s time for a better America. There’s a little Nat Turner in every one of us. No matter if you’re red, white, black, if you want freedom then we’re all like Nat.”
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