By Dymond Alexis
Soon as the beat comes on emotion is felt and Nipsey’s voice approaches giving us wisdom as usual. In his verse, he brings us on a journey of his life and paints a vision of his career. Nip raps, “First you get successful, then it gets stressful,” and gives us a take on what a successful, black male goes through. With his sudden death, the culture needed to hear Nipsey’s voice again and why not pair him with rap legend, Jay-Z.
On Jay-Z’s verse, he talks about the recent attack of the U.S. Capital and how they were treated afterward. “You let them crackers storm your Capitol, put they feet up on your desk/And yet you talkin’ tough to me, I lost all my little respect.”
The collaboration releases comes right after Jay-Z was recently nominated to join the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
“What It Feels Like” is featured on the soundtrack for Shaka King’s new film Judas and the Black Messiah. The film tells the story of Black Panther leader, Fred Hampton’s assassination by the FBI.
Judas and the Black Messiah: The Inspired Album is out now via the Six Course Music Group and RCA. It was executive-produced by Hit-Boy and also features G Herbo, Lil Durk, Black Thought, Polo G, Rakim, Chairman Fred Hampton Jr., H.E.R., Nas, SiR, A$AP Rocky, Dom Kennedy, and White Dave.
Listen to “What It Feels Like” above and let us know what you think!