A collaboration between Jay-Z and the late Nipsey Hussle is on the soundtrack of the movie Judas and the Black Messiah, which is out now.
The song, titled “What it Feels Like,” dates back to 2013. That was the year the two rappers met, when Nipsey had priced physical copies of his mixtape Crenshaw at $100 a pop. The move caught the attention of Jay-Z, who bought a hundred copies in a show of support. As Keys of Mike & Keys, the duo who produced “What it Feels Like,” pointed out to GQ, “When Nipsey says [on the song] ‘Drop another mixtape, my shit booming out this bitch,’ he was talking about Crenshaw.”
Other rappers who contributed to Judas and the Black Messiah’s soundtrack include Nas, Polo G, Smino, Saba, Black Thought, JID and more. HER’s Golden Globe-nominated single “Fight For You” is also on the tracklist, as are songs by SiR, BJ the Chicago Kid, Kiana Ledé and more. Hit-Boy was heavily involved in the soundtrack, having been enlisted by the film’s producer Ryan Coogler to bring some original tracks to the table.
Judas and the Black Messiah, which was directed by Shaka King, is based on the life of Black Panther Party chairman Fred Hampton. It stars Get Out actor Daniel Kaluuya in the lead role, as well as Lakeith Stanfield, Dominique Fishback, Ashton Sanders and more. The movie arrived in US cinemas and on HBO Max on February 12.
Last week, Jay-Z was revealed as one of the 16 nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2021. Others up for the ballot this year are LL Cool J, Mary J Blige, Tina Turner, Chaka Khan and more. And last month, it was reported that Ava DuVernay has been tapped to direct a documentary about Nipsey, which has been acquired by Netflix.
Stream “What it Feels Like” and the rest of the Judas and the Black Messiah soundtrack below: