Judas and the Black Messiah: The Inspired Album

Various Artists - Judas and the Black Messiah: The Inspired Album
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Based on 104 ratings
2021 Ratings: #34
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February 12, 2021 / Release Date
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RCA / Label
Hip Hop / Genres
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'Judas And The Black Messiah: The Inspired Album' is an emphatic show of force that frequently taps into outright brilliance. As an album it's not without fault, but as a cultural event it's largely without peer.


The soundtrack to the Shaka King-directed film, featuring heavyweights like JAY-Z and Nas alongside newer stars like Polo G and Pooh Shiesty, exploits Hampton’s image to peddle liberation-lite Billboard hits.

I haven’t seen the movie yet, but this album is actually pretty good.

It’s not the craziest album I’ve ever heard or anything, and you can kinda pick and choose what songs you like and skip the ones you don’t, but as a listening experience it’s actually pretty solid. This album started really strong and ends pretty strong, but the middle has too many forgettable songs for this to hit its full potential. With that being said, I liked almost every song, and if it ... read more
You pick the songs you like and leave
"What It Feels Like" by Nipsey Hussle and Jay Z is all you really need off this. It is fantastic. A lot of artists miss their mark and end up with decent, albeit kind of mediocre tracks, but several people kill it on here. Black Though, Hit-Boy, Masego, Smino, Herbo, Dom Kennedy, Rakim, SiR, to name a few, Nas probably having the biggest missed opportunity on the album.
Overall this is a pretty great soundtrack filled with Rap and R&B jams. It's pretty cool seeing newer up and coming guys like JID, Smino, Saba, and Nardo on the same record as legends like Jay Z, Nas, Black Though, and Rakim. I don't think this works all that great as a full album because it kind of goes all over the place, but I'm definitely taking quite a few songs away from this thing. This got me excited for the film!

Favorite tracks: Fight For You, What It Feels Like, Plead The ... read more
Newer Chicago stars, older East Coast rap legends, and plenty of Hit-Boy come together over a soundtrack to a film detailing an undercover operation to investigate Fred Hampton's Chicago sect of The Black Panthers. The result is a buffet line of songs that allows the listener to pick and choose their favorites. Not a bad strategy for a soundtrack album. So don't listen to this album expecting a cohesive record - instead, go fishing for some good, individual tracks to add to your favorite ... read more
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Track List

  1. Cointelpro / Dec 4 - Chairman Fred Hampton Jr.
  2. Fight For You - H.E.R.
  3. EPMD - Nas
  4. Welcome To America - Black Thought
  5. What It Feels Like - Nipsey Hussle & JAY-Z
  6. Broad Day - Hit-Boy
  7. Somethin Ain’t Right - Masego (ft. JID & Rapsody)
  8. Plead The .45th - Smino & Saba
  9. Letter 2 U - BJ The Chicago Kid
  10. On Your Mind - Lil Durk
  11. Appraise - White Dave
  12. All Black - G Herbo
  13. I Declare War - Nardo Wick
  14. No Profanity - Pooh Shiesty
  15. Last Man Standing - Polo G
  16. Respect My Mind - Dom Kennedy
  17. Revolutionary - G Herbo (ft. Bump J)
  18. Teach Me - SiR
  19. Contagious - SAFE (ft. Kiana Ledé)
  20. Rich Nigga Problems - A$AP Rocky
  21. Outro
  22. Black Messiah - Rakim (Bonus)
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Added on: February 9, 2021