This past weekend, Nas revealed his new thirteenth solo album King’s Disease, a project that was entirely produced by Hit-Boy and saw additional assistance from Lil Durk, Charlie Wilson, Big Sean, Don Toliver, Anderson .Paak, fellow Firm alumni Foxy Brown and AZ, and more. Today, he unveils a new visual for the album’s lead single “Ultra Black,” which sees Nas paying homage to all things black:
“Rhythm and blues, pop, rock to soul to jazz, ‘til my toes are tagged, how I look being told I’m not supposed to brag? Nobody fault, I tell the truth, I know it’s facts, we ultra black.../”
The visual features Nas in different locations while interspersed with shots of various Black families, from the pregnant mom and her husband and kids to the single dads. Hit-Boy can even be seen on his drum machine while holding his child, adding to the overall celebration of Black life and love.
“Ultra Black” also attracted attention for a line which many considered a diss to Doja Cat, which, following Doja Cat’s own lighthearted response, was later debunked by Nas during a recent interview with Power 106:
“I just was really saying a rhyme that rhymed with ‘Ultra Black’... I rhymed that word with ‘ultra black,’ I didn’t even think of it. It’s all love, it’s all love, you know what I’m sayin’? It was like ‘Michael Blackson black.’”
King’s Disease comes two years after the release of its official predecessor NASIR, which followed the G.O.O.D. Music format of that period with only seven tracks and production from Kanye West. In addition to West, that project also saw additional appearances from Diddy, 070 Shake, The-Dream, and The World Famous Tony Williams. For critics of NASIR, he did liberate a second installment of his Lost Tapes series in 2019 — the first was released back in 2002.
Press play on “Ultra Black” below.