July 28, 2016
With the Nas-produced film The Land arriving in theaters on July 29th, both the rapper and his Mass Appeal Records will also release its accompanying soundtrack. As such, he and Erykah Badu contribute to the soundtrack with the somber “This Bitter Land.”
With Erykah channeling the spirit of Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit,” Nas gives a spoke word-esque performance about the struggles of survival over a solemn violin backdrop. Perhaps the most anticipated song from the soundtrack, the emotionally evocative “This Bitter Land” delivers on its expectations.