This Bitter Land
Hip-hop legends Nas and Erykah Badu have joined forces to bring us “This Bitter Land,” part of the soundtrack for the upcoming film The Land. Pensive and profound lyrics are not to be unexpected from artists like Nas and Badu, however the track still breaks new ground for the two artists. Generally, we expect their words to soar over the hottest and most intricate and jazzy of beats, but instead we get here nothing but melancholic, somber of strings arrangements. Badu provides slow and subdued vocal melodies to contrast Nas’ energetic flow, trading off to each other multiple times througout the track. Hopefully the film has brought Nas and Badu together for more collaborations in the future, because I can think of no better alleviation of bitterness.