Smino and Saba ‘Plead the .45th’: Listen to the song from the ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ soundtrack

I’m always excited when I see the St Louis titan and the Chicago powerhouse get on a track together. Whether it’s going bar for bar, or melody for melody, Smino & Saba compliment each other well. The two bring a beautiful energy on their song ‘Plead the .45th’ that has made its debut on the soundtrack of the new film ‘Judas and the Black Messiah’. The film is a biographical drama that details the betrayal of Black Panther Party leader, Fred Hampton. Given the description of the movie, you can understand the soft, almost melancholy tone of the song. The emcees touch upon subjects of police brutality, poverty, and betrayal while still delivering in their respective styles.

I like to exercise my right to remain silent, please
I plead the .45th, ’cause this shit is beyond me
All their words don’t mean anything
City of haters, city of demons (Yeah, yeah, ooh, ooh, ooh)
‘Judas and the Black Messiah’ is now available for streaming on HBO MAX and showing in select theaters.


Written by Jeffrey Deon Chambers

Jeffrey Deon Chambers is a 23-year-old photojournalist and visual artist from Queens, New York. Since a young one, he developed a knack for writing and a limitless love for music. His ears know no boundaries. From the enticing vocals of Andrea Bocelli, to the genius production from the fingertips of MF DOOM, Deon constantly finds himself inspired. Aside from music and visuals, Deon is a movie enthusiast and foodie.