Bridging the Gap (song)

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"Bridging the Gap"
Single by Nas featuring Olu Dara
from the album Street's Disciple and Cadillac Records soundtrack
Released October 5, 2004
Format CD
Genre Jazz Rap
Length 3:56
Label Ill Will, Columbia
Writer(s) Nasir Jones, Salaam Remi, Olu Dara[1]
Producer(s) Salaam Remi
Nas featuring Olu Dara singles chronology
"Thief's Theme"
"Bridging the Gap"
"Just a Moment"

"Bridging the Gap", the second single from Nas' Street's Disciple, features his father, Olu Dara, and samples music from Muddy Waters' "Mannish Boy" composition. Olu Dara provides the hook of the song by talking about his path and how Nas was born. Nas and Olu Dara performed the song many times before the release of Street's Disciple, generating buzz as the release of the album drew near. The song is referenced in the title track of The Game's song "The Documentary", when he says, "Now I understand why Nas did a song with his pops".

The song is featured in the film A Prophet, directed by Jacques Audiard.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Diane Martel and shows Nas and Olu Dara on a stage with women dancing in the background, it also shows a few shots that are supposed to be Nas in school. The video had high rotation on MTV and BET. At the end of the video, Dara stands still next to Nas and says with a smile "Rest in peace, Ray Charles" as a sign of respect.

Track listing[edit]


  1. "Bridging The Gap" (Album Version) (4:00)
  2. "Bridging The Gap" (Instrumental) (3:57)
  3. "Bridging The Gap" (A Cappella) (3:57)


  1. "Bridging The Gap" (Album Version) (4:00)
  2. "Bridging The Gap" (Instrumental) (3:57)
  3. "Bridging The Gap" (A Cappella) (3:57)


  1. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. "Street's Disciple - Nas : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Rovi Corp. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 

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