New York, NY – After Nas released his 12th studio album, NASIR, to mixed reviews, he gives us another reason to revisit the seven-song album.
Which is where the visual treatment for NASIR – The Film comes in.
Written and directed by Rohan Blair-Mangat, NASIR -The Film is a 15-minute short in the same tradition as the visual albums of former rival JAY-Z (4:44) and Beyoncé (Lemonade, Beyoncé). The film brings each of the seven songs, produced by Kanye West, to life in vivid and dramatic fashion as its plot centers around a young Black boy from Queens, raised by his grandmother, who becomes another victim of police violence.
Throughout, Nas takes fans from the rough projects of Queensbridge to the sands of Egypt by highlighting and connecting the social issues talked about on NASIR throughout history with modern shots of Queens and archival footage of historical black figures.
The film also includes a memorable cameo from Slick Rick, via the “Cops Shot The Kid” segment as well.
Check out the visuals above.