Producer: Damon Dash, Mahogany Music
Album: Streets Is Watching (Soundtrack) / Vol. 2...Hard Knock Life
Label: Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam


“It's Alright” was one of about half a dozen songs Jay had in rotation in the summer of 1998. The track was a dual single for both Memphis Bleek and Jay-Z, and landed on both the Streets Is Watching soundtrack and Vol. 2...Hard Knock Life.

The addictive Talking Heads sample was an interesting take on the sample craze of that era, most of which jacked 80s pop hits—not New Wave, post-punk bands. The beat was a bit busy, but Bleek and his boss more than beasted on it. The catchy hook no doubt played into the success of the record, as it was instantly recognizable and chant-worthy in a club.

“It's Alright” also included some rather poignant bars from Jay, particularly his words on his fallen friend, the Notorious B.I.G. on the final verse: “My boy died/And all I did was inherit his stress/Too make every jam tougher/You ain't my man, fuck ya.”