Judas and the Black Messiah is one of the most talked-about films of 2021 thus far, and Apple Music’s Ebro Darden talked to Ryan Coogler, Hit-Boy and Nas about Shaka King’s new film and its accompanying soundtrack. The conversation soon turned to Black women's role in social change.
“Seeing Kamala Harris up there now, there are people that look at her past or this or that. And we have to look at historically what her journey was, how intelligent, how much heart she has, and her accomplishments,” said Nas. “Being the vice president, the first woman vice president in this country, it just says so many things. It opens doors. My daughter is proud of that. My nieces – I’m proud of it. We’re nothing without our women.”
Hit-Boy talked about the women who impacted him, as well as the significance of appearing on this soundtrack, which features Nipsey Hussle, Jay-Z, Black Thought and many more.
“I mean, just starting with my grandma and my mom. Just being there for me to lock in. They always wanted me to do something that meant something. So for me to work on music for this long and really be able to focus, I don’t even know how I became a part of this, it’s just unreal. To have records with Nas, records with G Herbo, Bump J. It’s just, it’s unbelievable.”
*HEADER CREDIT: US Vice President Kamala Harris hosts a virtual listening session with Black mayors about a Covid-19 relief response, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, DC, February 10, 2021. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)