JAY-Z Donates ‘What It Feels Like’ Fee to Nipsey Hussle Estate

Written by on February 13, 2021

After a lot anticipation, Nipsey Hussle and JAY-Z’s momentous collaboration “What It Feels Like” arrived Friday.

On the heels of its launch, the Roc Nation mogul has introduced that he donated his whole fee from the track. Half his price went to Nipsey’s property, whereas the opposite half was given to Hampton Home, the childhood dwelling of Black Panther chief Fred Hampton, who impressed the film Judas and the Black Messiah.

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“My price, went half to the Nip property, half to the Hampton Home,” he instructed GQ.

He additionally revealed that he bought concerned with Judas and the Black Messiah on the behest of Clean Panther director Ryan Coogler, who produced the film and soundtrack.

“My relationship with Ryan [Coogler] who I contemplate my little bro, [is what] introduced me to the film,” defined JAY. “And as soon as I noticed it, I used to be blown away by what [director] Shaka King dropped at the desk. I feel I completed the track the subsequent day or two. Like Chairman Fred Hampton mentioned, ‘You possibly can kill a revolutionary however you possibly can’t kill the revolution’…each time you’re taking considered one of our family members, their spirit and soul and concepts inhabit thousands and thousands.”

The unique “What It Feels Like,” produced by Mike & Keys, with co-production from Larrance Dopson and Marz, dates again almost eight years. JAY-Z first heard it 5 years in the past when Dopson put it within the fingers of his longtime engineer Younger Guru.

“JAY heard it 5 years in the past when Nipsey was nonetheless right here, and cherished it,” Dopson mentioned. “Then he requested for it once more a couple of 12 months in the past.”

The triumphant monitor is featured on the star-studded soundtrack to Judas and the Black Messiah, which additionally contains contributions from Nas, Rakim, A$AP Rocky, Lil Durk, Polo G, and H.E.R.

“This beat was born in 2013. 2015 was once we added the horns. 2017, we put the strings on it and made [Nipsey’s line in his verse] ‘what it looks like’ right into a hook,” mentioned Dopson, who was impressed by JAY-Z’s 2006 Simply Blaze-produced single. “We wished to present you ‘Present Me What You Received’ 2.0.”

As HipHop-N-Extra uncovered, the track originated in 2013 as a collaboration between Nipsey and Mississippi rapper Tito Lopez, whose workforce shared the unique model on Instagram.

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