Over the weekend, JAY-Z and Nipsey Hussle’s “What It Feels Like” was the most discussed single from the Judas & The Black Messiah soundtrack.

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The release is a moment for Hip-Hop as a posthumous Nipsey verse and the rare JAY-Z appearance blended.

In an exclusive to GQ, Jay-Z, Hit-Boy and producers Mike & Keys and Larrance Dopson gave details about the song, one key moment was Nip’s verse was done eight years ago.


“To be honest with you, we thought Nipsey really didn’t like that song at first,” Mike shared with GQ.

“When Nipsey says [on the song] ‘Drop another mixtape, my shit booming out this bitch,’ he was talking about Crenshaw,” Keys added.

You can read the full story of how the song was created here.

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