By Maurice Bobb
What was once a lost Hit-Boy-produced Nas song is now found.
Over a year after Hit-Boy recovered the track that was originally slated for Nas’ Life Is Good LP, fans are one step closer to hearing the Frank Ocean-assisted “No Such Thing as White Jesus.”
Hit-Boy took to Instagram Friday to post a teaser video featuring the long-lost track with the caption: “Found these files finally. For real this time. Frank ocean whattup.”
While only a few seconds long, the clip allows fans to hear the song’s beat, which is laced with a pulsing bass line and punching drums.
Unfortunately, the visual ends before Esco jumps in, but Ocean’s signature falsetto is unmistakeable a his croons the line, “Put a crown on your head and remove the chains.”
During an interview with the New York Times last year, the “No Church In The Wild” singer sang some of the song’s lyrics, so listeners can now put some of the sonic pieces of the puzzle together.
“Whatever you do, young king, don’t wind up dead/ Young queen, cross your legs/ Put a crown on your head and remove the chains/ ‘Cause even diamond chains are for slaves/ Don’t set foot in no penitentiary and don’t taste the poison/ Don’t you bail on your families,” Ocean sang.
No word on when the “N—as in Paris” producer will let the full version go, but one thing’s for sure, there will be a lot of happy hip-hop fans when it does see the light of day.