Watch Nas Address His Legacy, Racism And More In New Short Film 'NASIR'
The short film serves as a visual accompaniment to Nas’ 11th album Nasir.
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.
The film was written and directed by Rohan Blair-Mangat. Blair-Mangat also worked on JAY-Z‘s video for the 4:44 track “Bam.”
Shortly after the release of Nasir, Nas announced that he was working on another album.
“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 previously.
He also said that the wait for the album wouldn’t be long, adding: “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.”
Nas was also in headlines this year after ex-wife Kelis revealed that he allegedly abused her mentally and physically.
“It got to the point where if I wasn’t pregnant, I might have stayed with him.” she said previously. “I was pregnant and it was a mess and I felt like I wasn’t going to bring a child into this.”
He responded to Kelis’ allegations on Instagram, calling her claims a “sad fictitious story.”