Produced By: Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie (Kanye West)
Album: The Lost Tapes
Label: Ill Will/Columbia
Nas recounts the rocky relationship his parents had in a honest dedication to his old man: a jazz player, a rolling stone. The love is there despite the man's faults. Nas crafts a full picture of the past, looking at the infidelity and fights from both parents' perspectives. He doesn't choose sides and understands that's the way it is sometimes.
And, of course, he appreciates his father helping to raise him for as long as he was there: "Before he left, he taught me something/A child's young years, the most important time to be there/That's why he stayed till we grew up, respect is still here/I'm older now, see what having a father's about/One day they can be in your life, next day they be out/It's not because of you, you know the deal/Him and your moms feel/If they stay together, then someone will get killed/I love you still/Always will." The smooth, soulful composition, credited to Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie, captain of Bad Boy's Hit Men squad, was actually produced by a young Kanye.