Produced By: DJ Premier
Album: I Am...
In a welcome return to the scene after all The Firm biz, Nas teamed up again with frequent collaborator Premier to get back to some traditional Empire State rap. After Nas' courting of commercial success, this felt like a rejuvenation, a reminder of why we dug Nasir in the first place: scorching visualizations and slamming beats. Even the video was a throwback to the basics, Nas in a flight jacket and skully, doing his thing in Queensbridge, a pause from the Mafioso antics of years previous. The whirling track (complete with bird-chatter drops) gives one the feeling of soaring high above the clouds, breathing in hip-hop in its purest form.