Nas and Hit-Boy are back with the visual to the Hit-Boy-produced “EPMD” track off the ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ soundtrack album. Watch the video for the song.
The award-winning film Judas and the Black Messiah hit theatres and HBO Max earlier this year to vast critical acclaim, but in addition to the hype surrounding the Daniel Kaluuya and LaKeith Stanfield-starring film, Judas and the Black Messiah’s soundtrack arrived to just as much fanfare. The stacked album featured artists such as Jay-Z, Nipsey Hussle, J.I.D., Smino, H.E.R., and G Herbo, yet the Nas and Hit-Boy collaboration “EPMD” remains as one of the standout tracks. Today, the Grammy-winning duo returns to unleash its stunning new music video.
The video starts with an artistic intro that appears to draw inspiration from the likes of Black filmmakers such as Spike Lee and Jordan Peele, as the opening sequence features a dramatic orchestral arrangement while powerful pro-Black messages appear on the screen. “Reclaim our cultural ownership,” “Don’t compromise,” “Don’t cross over,” and “Respect to the kings, Love to the queens,” all flash on the screen before a young woman is seen screaming “Wake Up!,” School Daze-style.