6. The bench scene in Belly pulls from “One Love.”
In 1998, Nas joined DMX in Hype Williams’ first (and still only) feature length film, Belly. The two rappers star as young criminals and best friends who get money through robberies, drug dealing and by any other means necessary. The connection to “One Love” comes late in the film when Nas holds a conversation with a 12-year-old who has already fallen into the web of drugs and crime.
Check out the scene and the third verse of “One Love”; the two are nearly identical. In both, Nas is surprised and disappointed to speak to such a young child who is already so troubled. In the song: “Only 12, tryin' to tell me that he liked my style.” And in the film: “Shorty was like 12 going on 20. A real loser type nigga, you know? No hope for the future at all.”