Nas and Blige have worked together several times. He appeared on her 1997 single "Love is All We Need," and she joined him for "Reach Out
" from his 2012 album, Life Is Good
. Both of them also starred in the 2013 film Black Nativity
, with Nas playing Prophet Isaiah.
"Nas is the prophet," Blige, who played an angel, explained to The Source
. "He's always been the person with the message. He's just always been a great person. He's very into what he is doing. He has a lot of integrity and his life shows that."