The track, dubbed “Higher,” features John Legend on piano and the hook. It will be on Khaled’s 11th album, “Father of Asahd,” slated for release Friday.
In his Wednesday Instagram post, the producer and songwriter said the track was part of a “soul-searching journey.”
“It began when a tragedy robbed the world of an enlightened soul, a brother, a father, a partner and my friend, Nipsey Hussle,” the post said. “Just days prior, he shared his energy and positivity with me on a video set for a song called ‘Higher.'”
After prayer and reflection, and with Nipsey’s family’s blessing, he said. “I am sharing that moment with the world.”
“The very title of the song reminds us that vibrating on a ‘Higher’ level was the essence of Nipsey’s soul,” Khaled wrote.
In his trademark booming voice, Khaled belts out, “Nip, talk to ’em!” before the 33-year-old, dressed in a blue suit, raps into one of the cameras on set.
Legend said on Twitter the video was shot three days before Nipsey was killed.
“I just spent Thursday with him filming a video for a beautiful new song we created with Khaled. We filmed in Inglewood, close to where he grew up. He was so gifted, so proud of his home, so invested in his community. Utterly stunned that he’s gone so soon,” he wrote.
Khaled has been able to keep the details of “Father of Asahd” largely under wraps. He released the album cover earlier this week, picturing him and Asahd, his only son with businesswoman Nicole Tuck, in a tropical setting wearing matching shirts.
He released two singles from the album last year: “Top Off” featuring Beyonce, Future and Jay-Z, and “No Brainer” featuring Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper and the Quavo of Migos. According to reports, Cardi B, Post Malone, Chris Brown and Lil Wayne will be among those rounding out the all-star cast of collaborations.