In celebration of their forthcoming film The Land, soul songstress Erykah Badu and legendary emcee Nas have joined forces to deliver a powerful duet and moving new single, “This Bitter Land.”
The movie, which Erykah stars in alongside Nas and Cleveland natives Ezzy and Machine Gun Kelly, centers around a group of young talented skaters in Cleveland, Ohio who have aspirations of making it big. The soundtrack gives insight of trials and tribulations they have faced to get there and make it out of their city .
“This bitter land, watered with my soul,” Badu laments over a smooth classical instrumental. “The fruit it bares leaves me so cold / This bitter land does nothing for love / This bitter land brings pain.”
Meanwhile, Nas delivers hard hitting bars about the unfortunate chain of events that have taken place in America lately. Cop shot us up,” he raps. “He get a medal retire / But it never will define me / Write a letter to the president, whoever in control of this society / Tell him, ‘Stop ridin’ me / Stop drivin’ us into a suicidal ideology.’”
Take a listen to the moving new single below and be sure to catch The Land in select theaters July 29.