Say what you want about the Black Eyed Peas, but frontman Will.I.Am is an impressive producer when he’s on. And here, handling the remix to K’naan‘s “Nothing to Lose,” he is just that. If you weren’t a fan of the original’s hook–which was radio friendly to say the least–Will scraps it, instead favoring a cool soul sample that absolutely makes the track.
The new beat was made drawing inspiration from hip-hop’s Golden Era, which perfectly suits both K’naan–who sounds a little like Q-Tip–and Nas, who sounds 100% more natural now. The remix also got the visual treatment, and you can check out its black and white video below.