There’s a bit of… apprehension surrounding The Birth Of A Nation.
The Nate Parker-directed film remorselessly and purposely claimed the its title from noted racist D. W. Griffith’s 1915 KKK propaganda film, flipping it into a tale about the Black, educated and enslaved man who led a historically violent slave rebellion in 1831 (spoiler alert: it didn’t end well). Parker is also at the source of another controversy that has been discussed in great lengths already.
So perhaps it makes sense that the soundtrack for the film — which arrives October 7th — is about dichotomous as its film. Despite being a historical film surrounding, well, slavery, the likes of Vic Mensa, 2 Chainz, Wale, The Game, Nas, Killer Mike, Gucci Mane, Meek Mill, and Lil Wayne are paired with the likes of Lecrae, Leon Bridges, Anthony Hamilton, Wiley College Choir, KAMAU, and Georgia Ku.
Either way, the DopeHouse isn’t a formal place of judgement, so listen to 2 Chainz’ contribution “Whip & A Chain” (there’s that dichotomy again) below, stream the soundtrack in its entirety down bottom, and pick up a copy on iTunes.