by Steven Kline Contributor | Photos by Alexia Arizzabalaga

Nas records 'zombie' drug track for second season of The Get Down

The track ‘Angel Dust’ concerns the prevalence of PCP in the 70s and 80s.

 

nas-angel-dust-the-get-down-season-two Photo: Alexia Arizzabalaga

Nas has recorded a track about PCP for the second season of Baz Lurhmann’s Netflix series The Get Down, set in the urban music scene of 1970s New York

The track ‘Angel Dust’ finds the NYC rapper sampling a Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson tune from 1978 as backing for rhymes about the spread of phencyclidine or PCP, a drug said to leave people “looking like zombies”.

Nas’ lyrics include the lines “Angels with dirty faces, angels with broken wings/The devil’s dust, PCP, invaded blood streams/People lining up to get it, ‘Fantastic’ knew how to flip it/Illegal substances constructing, but plus addicted/Trust it and respect it, almost got me arrested/All of the time I invested in school is now of question/Child prone to violence like a dog returns to its own vomit”.

Hear the track below.

The second season of The Get Down, which premiered on Netflix on April 7, picks up what’s been described as "a mythic saga of how New York at the brink of bankruptcy gave birth to hip-hop, punk and disco" a year after the events of season one, in 1978. The soundtrack album for the series is released on April 14.

 


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