Nas has enlisted fellow New York rappers Styles P, Remy Ma, Ghostface Killah and Dave East for “The Mecca.”
The song, which appears in Radha Blank’s new Netflix film The Forty-Year-Old Version, is an ode to the rappers’ home city and the invention of rap music. “Welcome to the Mecca, the city never sleeps / And the shit is like a movie, my n***as is directors / Welcome to the Mecca / New York City where rap was invented, you love it if you was in it,” Styles P spits on the chorus.
Besides “The Mecca,” The Forty-Year-Old Version also features songs from other New York City rappers such as A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Queen Latifah and Gang Starr.
“Hip hop is the heartbeat of my movie,” Blank said in a press release. “And it’s the symphony of my life. So, I’m beyond thrilled to present with my Mass Appeal family, ‘The Mecca,’ a single inspired by The Forty-Year-Old Version featuring five of the greatest living emcees New York ever made.”
Earlier this year, Nas released his latest album King’s Disease. The album included the song “Ultra Black,” which had a bar that referenced Doja Cat—a diss that she later responded to in a TikTok video.
Listen to “The Mecca” below: