The Land Soundtrack-cover

Nas resurfaces on a new single from The Land soundtrack, “This Bitter Land,” featuring Erykah Badu.

This week looks to be a pretty big one for Nas.

The Queensbridge rapper was slated to make his formal solo return to the music (after appearing in French Montana’s “Figure It Out” video back in May) on Friday, when his “Nas Album Done” track appears on DJ Khaled’s much-awaited Major Key LP. But in addition to the Khaled album, Nascobar is also providing verses to the soundtrack for the upcoming film The Land, which he stars in alongside fellow emcee Machine Gun Kelly. Nas’s contribution to the soundtrack, “This Bitter Land,” leaked onto the internets Wednesday morning.

Erykah Badu features on the track, handling hook duty and floating over solemn strings, her voice sounding classic and almost Nina Simone-esque. Meanwhile, Nas speaks, well, bitterly about the path he’s had to grind through to “survive” and get to where he is. “Write a letter to the President, or whoever in control of this society,” Nas growls, with a slight homage to Public Enemy, “tell em stop riding me/ stop tryna listen to a suicidal ideology.” Esco’s storytelling seems stronger than ever on “This Bitter Land.” Is this perhaps a preview of what’s to come on his upcoming solo album? Only time will tell.

Stream Nas & Erykah Badu’s “This Bitter Land” collab for yourself down below. The track appears on the soundtrack for the upcoming film The Land, releasing in theaters Friday, July 29th.