Produced By: Trackmasters
Album: It Was Written
Label: Columbia

Trackmasters might have a rep for slick, accessible music, but they were capable of turning out raw bangers like the best of them. This beat is out to lunch, God. "Shootouts" glides along with dazzling style, the violent recollections of Queensbridge life supplied by Nas, who can make you see the action. Snitches get dealt with and attempted jack moves pop off when a Big Willie cat can't take losing his dough at a block party and decides to do something about it. This is storytelling—the Nas way—at its finest.