Nas, Erykah Badu team for brooding 'This Bitter Land'
The track will appear on 'The Land' soundtrack
Nas and Erykah Badu have shared their soundtrack collaboration for The Land.
Titled “This Bitter Land,” the somber dirge laments the hardships of growing up black, underscoring slow, sorrowful strings with Badu’s mournful coo. “The devil is behind me, in the ghetto where’s you’ll find me / It’s where I stays at / Cop shot us up, he get a medal then retire / But it never will define me,” Nas raps sharply.
The brooding tune will appear in The Land, an upcoming indie drama executive-produced by Nas and Machine Gun Kelly. It follows four teenage boys who flee the streets of Cleveland, Ohio to follow their dreams of professional skateboarding, only to find themselves entrapped in a queen-pin’s drug ring. Erykah Badu stars alongside Michael Kenneth Williams, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Moises Arias, Rafi Gavron, Ezri Walker, Linda Emond, Natalie Martinez, Colson Baker, and Kim Coates.
The soundtrack is stacked with A-list hip-hop stars, and includes contributions from Pusha T, Jeremih, Kanye West, and French Montana. Both The Land and its soundtrack will release July 29.
Listen to “This Bitter Land” via Rolling Stone below.