Back in 2015, author and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote a non-fiction book titled Between the World and Me, which was based around a letter to his son in regards to growing up Black in the United States. Back in September, it was announced that this book would be brought to life by pulling together elements from the 2018 production of the same name that took place at the Apollo Theater, the book itself, and documentary footage from Coates’ life.
Today, Nas unveils a new single from that adaptation titled “Fallen Stars Flying,” which is produced by iLL Wayno and brings much of the aforementioned publication to life on wax:
“Black youth, flying, fallen stars, black youth, fly-flying, fallen stars flying, angels pop out the hood like “poof,” no-nowadays staying real is a loss/
Black youth, flying, fallen stars, black youth, fly-flying, fallen stars flying, Black youth, fallen stars flying, angels pop out the hood like ‘poof’/”
“Fallen Stars Flying” follows Nas’ thirteenth studio album King’s Disease, a Hit-Boy-produced masterpiece that boasted 13 tracks and additional contributions from Charlie Wilson, Big Sean, Don Toliver, Lil Durk, Anderson .Paak, Fivio Foreign, A$AP Ferg, and The Firm, the last of which was a reunion of the collective that came together for the classic 1997 album of the same name.
In a recent sit-down with REVOLT’s “Drink Champs,” Nas spoke on how The Firm was created:
“I needed my niggas ... I was dolo really so I needed to squad up [because] everybody was [getting together] so it was only right. You had Junior Mafia. Even Wu-Tang, it’s a lot of them. Death Row, it’s a lot of them, you know.”
Fans can press play on Nas’ “Fallen Stars Flying” below. Between the World and Me is said to premiere on November 21 via HBO.