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Video: K'naan ft. Nas 'Nothing To Lose'

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Mogadishu's troubadour K'naan is readying the digital More Beautiful Than Silence EP, a follow-up release to his 2010 World Cup anthem "Wavin' Flag." K'naan called on some good company for the new batch of tunes, with both Nas and Nelly Furtado making appearances on separate songs on the EP. Watch a clip for the Nasir-featuring cut "Nothing To Lose," where K'naan raps rocks, chucks and Fugees while Nas spits Somali war lines. And lookout for More Beautiful Than Silence out 1/31. Tracklist below. [edit: video got taken down]

More Beautiful Than Silence EP

1. “Is Anybody Out There” feat. Nelly Furtado

2. “Nothing to Lose” feat. Nas

3. “More Beautiful Than Silence”

4. “Better”

5. “Coming to America”

(via Complex)

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