Nas & Hit-Boy Show No Signs Of Slowing Down On A New Song

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Nas and Hit-Boy have made four albums together, including the Grammy Award-winning King’s Disease. Two installments later, as well as late 2021’s MAGIC, there is a unique chemistry between the Queens, New York MC legend and the Fontana, California producer/MC. On the heels of 2022’s KD3, the two artists release a new track, “The Tide,” a Hit-Boy song featuring his most steadfast collaborator. The song belongs to Hit’s brand new album, SURF OR DROWN, featuring Alchemist, Curren$y, Dom Kennedy, and others. The title is a play on the expression “sink or swim” that thematically ties into Hit-Boy’s Surf Club label name. After celebrated albums with Nas, Dom, Benny The Butcher, Big Sean, and many other artists, Hit-Boy is aimed at securing a solo discography as well.

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Hit-Boy kicks off the song, flaunting his rapping abilities. In his verse, he condemns some social media and clout-chasing trends that are going on and points to the damages. “Imagine seein’ Tupac body on IG / How they did PnB, how they did Takeoff / They’ll take a hundred years to prove to ni**as they ain’t soft / Big Hit’, sittin’ in a hole as I write this / Holdin’ your wrist-high, these days is a high risk,” he raps. Nas enters the track with confidence and smoothness. “Vocal cords got insurance, not Superman or Invincible / Family we ain’t see in decades, say he don’t give to you / Good ol’ boy system, it’s still shittin’, per usual / Broadway lights, Nas is ghetto-like, that’s the musical / Another statement from the kid who made the fade famous.

The beat changes and trap drums are added as Hit-Boy and Nas trade shorter verses in a tighter routine. “I can’t explain it, sit back in amazement / We really made it, tappin’ my cleats, I’m roundin’ the bases / Stuck to the basics, baby, two-faced it,” Hit raps. Nas follows: “Hitters weren’t loyal to some of these dudes / I used to do tapes with, they gotta face it / Where do I start? They gotta set me apart / Y’all make music, I make art, it’s straight from the heart.” Nas’ lyrics surrounding past projects raise questions about whether he’s speaking to past artists or producers/collaborators or the major labels he released music with before going all-in on Mass Appeal.

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In addition to “The Tide” the AFH playlist also features additional selections from KD3, as well as new music by Cormega, Black Thought & Danger Mouse, and Statik Selektah and three Wu-Tang Clan MCs. The playlist contains fresh music by Che Noir & Big Ghost Ltd, Larry June & Alchemist, High John and Ill Conscious, Dreamville, and Logic, among others.

#BonusBeat: AFH‘s What’s The Headline podcast did a track-by-track review of King’s Disease III: