Executive produced by Hit-Boy, “What It Feels Like” marks Nip and Hov’s first official collaboration. HipHopDX’s 2020 Producer of the Year continues his hot streak by serving as an executive producer alongside Black Panther director Ryan Coogler on the blockbuster’s soundtrack.
Nipsey Hussle and JAY-Z With the Judas and the Black Messiah soundtrack set to arrive on Friday (February 12), the film rolled out its star-studded tracklist on Tuesday (February 9) and fans’ eyes immediately were glued to a posthumous collaboration between Nipsey Hussle and JAY-Z.
Judas and the Black Messiah takes place in Chicago during the 1960s and depicts the betrayal of Black Panther Party chairman Fred Hampton. The two-hour film starring Daniel Kaluuya, LaKeith Stanfield, Jesse Plemons and more hits theaters and HBO Max on Friday (February 12).
The rest of the loaded soundtrack finds contributions from Nas, A$AP Rocky, Lil Durk, G Herbo, Rakim, Polo G, Black Thought, Pooh Shiesty, Smino, Dom Kennedy, SiR, H.E.R. and more.
Many questioned Nip’s strategy to price his 2013 Crenshaw mixtape at $100 apiece, but Hov was one of the few believers and paid it forward by purchasing 100 copies of the project. Jay became fond of Hussle’s movement and paid tribute to him at his Webster Hall concert shortly after his death in 2019 during a freestyle.
Hussle was shot and killed in front of his Marathon Clothing store on the afternoon of March 31, 2019. The All Money In founder was just 33 years old at the time of his death. Suspect Eric Holder was arrested for the fatal shooting and has since been charged with murder, attempted murder, assault with a firearm and possession of a firearm by a felon.
Blacc Sam, Nip’s brother, explained to Billboard the only way a posthumous Nipsey album could be released would be in conjunction with a documentary on his life, which the Asghedom family is working on.
The tracklist to the upcoming film Judas and the Black Messiah has been revealed and there are certainly some surprises on there.
Singer-producer Masego unveiled the songs on his social media early Tuesday morning and the one title that immediately attracts attention is a collaboration between Jay-Z and Nipsey Hussle called ‘What It Feels Like’. Take a look below.
It’s not known when the song was recorded but it’s definitely something we will be looking forward to when the soundtrack becomes available this Friday, Feb. 12th along with the movie (theaters and HBO Max). The film is based around the events leading up to the 1969 shooting death of Black Panther Party member Fred Hampton. H.E.R.’s ‘Fight For You‘ served as the first single off the set.
Also featured on the soundtrack are Black Thought, Lil Durk, G Herbo, Dom Kennedy, Polo G, ASAP Rocky, JID and Rapsody among others. The new Nas and Hit-Boy song ‘EPMD’ that was previewed last night will also live on it.
Artists including Masego, Smino and Rapsody unveiled the tracklist for Judas and the Black Messiah: The Inspired Album, on Tuesday.
H.E.R. released her single “Fight For You” earlier this month, and it snagged a 2021 Golden Globe nomination for best song from a motion picture.
Megaproducer Hit-Boy, Black Panther filmmaker Ryan Coogler, Interscope Records VP of A&R Dash Sherrod and RCA Records SVP of Marketing Archie Davis executive produced the soundtrack.
It will be available on Friday, the same day of the film’s theatrical and streaming release on HBO Max.
Hussle’s posthumous vocals will be featured on “What It Feels Like,” his first-ever collab with Jay-Z.
Jay-Z alongside fellow rap greats Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole and more, penned heartfelt letters to Hussle in the program that was handed out at his LA memorial service held at Staples Center on April 11, 2019.
“You were a curious soul who was evolving at a speed that was truly inspiring. The seeds you have planted are already bearing fruit. The outpouring of admiration is testimony to the love and respect you’ve farmed,” the East Coast hip-hop heavyweight wrote of the late West Coast legend. “Sleep well King, The Marathon continues as a line of energy for all of us to consider. Love and Light, Jay.”
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Both rappers have oddly specific connections to the film’s nonfictional plot. Fred Hampton, the chairman of the Black Panther Party chapter in Chicago in the 1960s, was betrayed by his former associate William O’Neil, who worked with the FBI as an informant to infiltrate the Black Panther Party and take out Hampton.
Hussle (real name Ermias Asghedom) was shot and killed by his former associate Eric Holder outside his Marathon Clothing store in L.A. on March 31, 2019.
Hampton was shot and killed during an FBI raid on Dec. 4, 1969, the same day Jay-Z was born.