Nas Uses 5 Heartbeats For A Song That’s A Perfect 10

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Today (November 11), Nas and Hit-Boy have released their first album together, and the second in less than a year. King’s Disease III follows the Grammy-winning tradition launched in 2020 between the Queens, New York MC and the Inland Empire, California producer. Unlike the predecessors, this Mass Appeal Records LP features no guests. However, in the KD tradition, it packs plenty of conversation-worthy lyrics and meaningful themes.

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The album’s second song, “Legit,” is one of its standout moments. The Hit-Boy production samples “A Heart Is A House For Love” from 1991’s The Five Heartbeats film. The beat contains elements beyond the song, drawing elements from Robert Townsend’s Motown Records-inspired film, which he cowrote with Keenen Ivory Wayans.

Nas drops timely lyrics from jump. “We comin’ blacker than Black Panther 2 / Nobody this thorough, that’s the truth / Nеver go against the family, that’s somethin’ you don’t do / Don’t gеt ‘Eddie King’d,’ try’na sing your way back in the group, nah,” he says, referring to the film Hit-Boy samples. “Stars in the ceilin’, God’s Son in the buildin’ / Rep that 7-1-8, it’s hard to depart from that feelin’ / Careful sellin’ weight, the DEA be watchin’ you dealin’ / Get yourself straight, before they find that paraphernalia / For those who claim a hundred million on taxes, beautiful actresses / Street dudes who turn activist who used to move packages.” Like much of the album, Nas looks at his ascent and legitimization in life and Hip-Hop.

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The AFH playlist features additional selections from Nas & Hit-Boy’s KD3, as well as new songs from Cormega, DJ Premier with Nas, Busta Rhymes, Danger Mouse & Black Thought, The Game, Freddie Gibbs, and more.

#BonusBeat: A 2022 episode of AFH‘s What’s The Headline podcast that argues won this year’s Grammy Awards, even if he did not win an award: