Nas continues to pursue new opportunities outside of music. The rapper is executive producer of Shake the Dust, a new documentary that chronicles the evolution of hip-hop and break-dancing outside of the U.S.
The trailer for film, directed by documentarian Adam Sjöberg, has surfaced online and reveals young dancers in Colombia, Cambodia, Uganda, and Yemen giving their best choreography and testimonials on how music has affected on their lives. “Hip-hop gives us a sense of ownership, hip-hop is a community. It gives you a sense of family,” one dancer says in the two-minute clip.
In addition to executive producing the film, the Queensbridge rapper has been tapped to contribute original music to it.
“What these kids are doing around the world reminds me why I fell in love with hip-hop and how important it is as a creative and constructive outlet,” The Hollywood Reporter quotes Nas as saying. “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.”
Shake the Dust, which currently has no release date, marks Nas’ third time wearing his executive producer hat following 2001′s Sacred Is the Flesh and 2008′s Tyson.
In other Nas news, fans can see him in the upcoming film version of Black Nativity, alongside Jennifer Hudson and Mary J. Blige, on November 27.
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