Kanye West promised President Obama he was going to produce on Nas' next album, and I can't believe that even Kanye would let Nas (and Obama) down. While the two legends somehow have seldom linked up as producer and emcee, we're now once again one small step closer to a dream hip-hop collaboration now that Kanye's officially contributing music to the upcoming film The Land and it's accompanying soundtrack, which is being produced by Nas.
Frankly, I'd never heard of The Land before and only clicked on the trailer because it contained an announcement that The Land would feature music from Kanye, Erykah Badu, Pusha T, Jeremih, Nosaj Thing and more, which might just automatically place it in the best hip-hop soundtrack of all-time conversation (word to Above the Rim) if it sounds as good as it looks on paper.
But as an added bonus, The Land also looks amazing.
Erykah Badu and Michael K. Williams (aka Omar from The Wire) in a movie that looks like it could be everything I hoped Dope would be with music from 'Ye and Pusha T? I'm all in. And if the movie turns out to be disappointing, at least we'll end up with a soundtrack that looks like it should be treated as one of the most highly-anticipated releases of the year.
It all goes down July 29, which gives us plenty of time to ask Nas about that new album he said was going to drop last summer. Maybe he's just waiting on some new Kanye beats...
Correction: In a previous version of this article I stated that Kanye and Nas have never collaborated as emcee and producer, by which I meant Kanye had never produced on a Nas album (and no, The Lost Tapes doesn't count). But I just straight up forgot about "Still Dreaming" and "Let There Be Light." Apparently, I've just blocked out the entire Hip-Hop is Dead album from my memory. Thankfully you never have to wait long for someone on Twitter to correct your mistakes.