It seems that Nas’ talents go far beyond than just his iconic raps on Illmatic. The rapper will be lending his talents to executively produce the soundtrack for a new film entitled Shake the Dust. The film is a documentry on the hip-hop pillar of B-boying as it explores the dance culture in poor countries throughout the world such as Uganda, Yemen, and Colombia.
Besides serving as the original curator of the soundtrack, Nas will also be overseeing production alongside director Adam Sjoberg. “What these kids are doing around the world reminds me why I fell in love with hip-hop,” said Nas in a statement. “After hearing Adam’s vision for this project and hearing the stories, I was incredibly excited to help bring the film to global audiences who need to hear this surprising message of empowerment.”
The trailer below gives a glimpse to the film as it documents the lives of young breakdancers as they use B-boying as a creative and constructive outlet. The film proves that despite cultural differences and impoverished upbringings, everyone can be united through the universal language of hip-hop.