Nipsey Hussle’s verse for ‘What It Feels Like’, a single from the Judas and the Black Messiah soundtrack, was actually from an unreleased 2013 record.
With the film Judas and the Black Messiah‘s release, the soundtrack hit streaming platforms this weekend (Feb. 12th). At the top of last week, we heard a lot of press surrounding the late Nipsey Hussle’s appearance on the soundtrack. He joined Jay Z for “What It Feels Like”, a record featuring gritty lyricism over a Hitboy beat.
It was revealed that Nipsey’s verse actually came from a 2013 song by Mississippi rapper, Tito Lopez. A member of Tito Lopez’s team shared the original on Instagram:
OG or New Version?
As a Nipsey fan, it’s good to hear his voice. Even if the verse is from almost a decade ago, you can still feel the passion with which Nipsey delivered his verses. My only concern is what else Nipsey would have added to the track before it was placed on the soundtrack. That’s usually what hangs me up with posthumous music releases, I can’t stop thinking about what we’re missing.
Never the less, let me know on Instagram which version you enjoy the most. Are you more a fan of the original? Or, do you enjoy hearing the veteran flow of Jay Z?