Both Nas and Erykah Badu connected during the summer of 2016 on the film The Land, which Nas produced and Erykah co-starred in. The duo also contributed to its soundtrack, in the form of “This Bitter Land.”
Last night (October 12th), the two icons performed the song together for the very first time, on Jimmy Kimmel’s late-night talk show. Backed by a string quartet, the pair invoked memories of Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit” with their moving performance.
As a bonus, Nas took on actor Matthew Perry in a game of “Name That Famous Celebrity” on the show.