Nas reflects on his legacy, police brutality and racism in new in-depth short film 'Nasir': Watch
The short film serves as a visual accompaniment to Nas’ eponymous 11th album 'Nasir', which arrived earlier this June
Earlier this year, Nas released his Kanye West-produced album 'Nasir'. His first album in six years, 'Nasir' opened to mixed reviews but dealt with some heavy hitting themes as the NYC rapper touched upon the current political landscape, racism, egalitarianism and police brutality.
Now, after teasing a new visual, Nas has dropped an accompanying 16-minute short film to go with the album. Fans initially believed a solo music video would arrive this week, but the Queensbridge native decided to go a step further and deliver an in-depth visual telling of the story of the latest studio effort. The iconic MC collaborated with director Rohan Blair-Mangat -- who penned and directed the film -- and Mass Appeal on the project. Blair-Mangat notably worked on JAY-Z's video for the 4:44 track 'Bam'.
The 16-minute video is soundtracked by different tracks from the album, with the film tackling everything from Nas’ legacy and upbringing in Queensbridge to racism and police brutality. The video also features guest appearances from Slick Rick and Demarius Mack. Check out the full clip below:
In related news, polarized fans who weren't fully satisfied by 'Nasir' can safely expect another studio effort from Nas sooner than later. Shortly after the release of the album, Nas announced he was working on another one.
“It’s another album that I already had been working on before [Nasir]…Since I did this, I gotta do something that, you know, goes in another direction a little bit. So I’m finishing up the next one,” he said.
He also said the wait for the album wouldn’t be long, hinting at some possible collaborations: “No, it’s not gonna be that long because half of it was already there, yeah. I did do something with Swizz, I did stuff with RZA. I’m a big Wu-Tang fan. RZA’s real.”