Produced By: Large Professor
Album: Illmatic
Label: Columbia

Originally appearing on the soundtrack for the film Zebrahead, "Halftime" was really just the pregame show, an irresistible display of bravado that lyrically went the extra yard. Backed by a sharp booming beat from Extra P, Nas' first single after two electrifying guest spots ended up getting more attention than the movie it was promoting. The upstart MC scored with various witty lines like "You couldn't catch me in the streets without a ton of reefer/That's like Malcolm X, catchin' the jungle fever" and "I drop jewels, wear jewels, hope to never run it/With more kicks than a baby in a mother's stomach." The first of many great songs from the game-changer.