Nas and Lauryn Hill have soundtracked the latest trailer for the upcoming George Foreman biopic — check it out below.
The film Big George Foreman, which stars Khris Davis (Atlanta, Judas and the Black Messiah, Detroit) will follow the legendary boxer’s rise from a poor boy in Texas into the two-time heavyweight champion.
The trailer is in part soundtracked by a rework of Nas and Lauryn Hill’s classic song “If I Ruled The World,” which appeared on Nas’ sophomore album, It Was Written.
The film hits theaters on April 28.
The pair recently reconnected on the track “Nobody” taken from Nas’ 2021 LP, King’s Disease II, and in an interview with Ebro Darden, the Queens-bred rapper commented on Hill’s notable appearance on the project.
“I hit her up, ‘Yo, this is crazy. People are asking me like, how did I get you on a record,’” Nas said at the time. “She’s laughing like, ‘What do you mean? We just had a tour like, a few years ago.’”
Darden replied: “I feel like she doesn’t understand how much she’s needed, similar to yourself. The value of a pure rapper who is very, very great. That skillset to be able to bar it up and make and master the ceremony, which Lauryn does on this track nine.”
Nas then recited her opening line from the song. “She’s like, ‘All my life is right now is concerned with my freedom.’ That’s a different individual. That’s her first line. She’s not out here playing games, man. Thank you, Ms. Hill.”
In other Nas news, the legendary rapper is still fresh off the release of King’s Disease III with Hit-Boy, which debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard 200 after earning roughly 29,000 album-equivalent units in its first week.
He also took a moment last week to urge rap fans to visit the Hip Hop 50 “Conscious, Unconscious” exhibit in New York City, which was created to celebrate Hip Hop’s 50th birthday this year.
“Check out Hip Hop: Conscious Unconscious, a photo exhibit documenting the 50-year evolution of one of the most influential cultural movements of our generation, Hip Hop,” Nas wrote on Instagram, adding in a separate post: “Shoutout to the photographers & Rap Kings -+ @faithnewman19 & Sacha Jenkins & @videomusicbox.”
The Instagram post itself featured a series of photos from the event, which was attended by other rap icons such as Raekwon, N.O.R.E., Styles P, Grandmaster Caz, Melle Mel, Havoc, Fabolous, Maino, Dave East, A-Trak and Ralph McDaniels.
“Hip Hop: Conscious, Unconscious” will be on display until May. Tickets are available here.