Nas and Hit-Boy, rap’s latest dynamic duo, are channeling the energy of another great tag team, EPMD, for their latest single. The track—which is named after the two-man group from Long Island—originally appeared on the Judas and the Black Messiah soundtrack, but Nas and Hit-Boy dropped the “EPMD” video on Thursday.
With Nas’ ability to be both Esco and a thought-provoking poet, the clip doesn’t shy away from that duality. In it, Nas reasserts himself as one of rap’s crown jewels by enjoying the spoils that his success has brought him. Yet while he’s floating through a mansion’s courtyard, he never strays too far away from his roots. He trades the typical morning tea for a double shot of Hennesy and makes sure his famed Queensbridge chain is in nearly every shot.
“EMPD, we back in business,” Nas raps in reference to EPMD’s 1992 album. “I visualize what it is, not what it isn’t/We in the mafia table next to the kitchen/Eating Michelin Star, counting a million.