Album: Come Home With Me
Label: Roc-A-Fella / Diplomat / Def Jam
Just Blaze: “I originally made that for Freeway, but then Cam came in the studio. They'd been wanting to get Jay on a record, because up until that point, Jay hadn't done anything.
“Cam came into the room like, 'Yo, yo, I got 'em, I got 'em, I got 'em. I think he's going to do it.' He was going around saying it. Obviously, it's funny because of how the history ended up between them. Cam was genuinely excited that Jay was [going to be on that record].
“He was like, 'He's agreed to do it. He said he'll do it today, he just needs the beat. I need a beat, I need a beat!' I played a beat I was making for Freeway, and I was like, 'What about this?' He was like, 'Yeah, that could be it.' I went into the hook really quick and sang the 'Welcome to New York City' part, and that was that.
“I heard a voice saying 'Welcome to New York City,' so I sang it. [Laughs] A lot of times, people think that there's this big mystery behind things. Creativity, sometimes you don't know where it comes from. You might know what inspires you, but you don't know where the idea comes from.
“For me, that's what it was. I was like, 'Yo, this might sound good. 'Welcome to New York City!'' The concept of that record was about New York. Then, the song became a New York anthem. That was pretty much it.“