Which came first, the movie, or the soundtrack?
Depends on who you ask. Depends on who answers.
When it comes to upcoming independent film, The Land, the it seems that Nas has answered the call for production of the soundtrack which, to be honest, really just leaves a whole lot more questions.
We’re not here to answer all of your questions like what is The Land, or where can I see it. You’ve got Google and hyperlinks for all that. What we’re here to do, is put you on to what could very possibly be the best soundtrack of 2016.
The film itself, is set to hit West Coast theaters in a little over a week (July 29th limited release) but it’s the really soundtrack that’s sparked our interest. Veteran emcee Nas was recently named as the executive producer of the films’ musical backdrop. Considering his creative kudos, this move promises to be a very, very good one. His influence will likely bring an element of old-school hip-hop into the fray. The settings and themes in the film, which takes place in the dark alleys, and early morning club awnings of Cleveland, seem to be fitting for a grittier, dark sound, with undertones of hope, which come together to show the heart, and dark of the city.
The full soundtrack isn’t available yet, but the vibes come through in a solo track, titled Goodbye by Cleveland rapper Ezzy, who also has a role in the film. The production and skill leave the listener wanting more, in the very best way, but the tracklist, has us thinking about that Tidal subscription we let expire a month after Lemonade.
Peep the tracklist below, and listen to Goodbye by Ezzy for an optimistic preview of sounds to come.
THE LAND Motion Picture Soundtrack
prod by Mass Appeal Records
1) “Intro” – Nosaj Thing
2) “Paid” – Pusha T & Jeremih
3) “Dopeman” – Machine Gun Kelly
4) “Figure It Out” feat. Kanye West & Nas – French Montana
5) “Goodbye” – Ezzy
6) “Cisco’s Theme” – Fashawn
7) “Frequency High” – Stalley
8) “Angels” – Nosaj Thing
9) “Never Been Told” feat. Machine Gun Kelly – Ezzy
10) “BAG” – Dave East
11) “Looking for Something” – Jerreau
12) “Fantasy” – Alina Baraz & Galimatias
13) “This Bitter Land” – Nas & Erykah Badu
14) “Outro” – Nosaj Thing