Fat Joe f/ Nas, Big Punisher, Jadakiss, and Raekwon “John Blaze” (1998)

Producer: Ski

Album: Don Cartagena

Label: Atlantic

Fat Joe: “That was a classic collaboration. It was around the time when everyone was getting together. Nore came after that with [‘Banned From TV’], and his shit was crazy too. I just wanted to get the nicest niggas in the game.

“Also, Pun was behind that. Pun was like, ‘We gotta get Nas and me on the same track.’ Like I said, he wanted to get his favorite rappers on a song and go crazy. [Laughs.] So we had Jadakiss, Nas, and you know I always got Rae. We all got together.

 

Pun was behind that. Pun was like, ‘We gotta get Nas and me on the same track.’ Like I said, he wanted to get his favorite rappers on a song and go crazy. [Laughs.]

 

“To me, Pun had the most legendary verse. ‘Even if I stuttered, I would still sh-sh-shit on you.’ That shit was crazy! Everybody was in the studio. Nas was there. I think Busta Rhymes was there, just hanging out. It was fun.

“We’ve always been fans of Jadakiss. He’s hot now. I just dropped a mixtape with a song with Jadakiss. He’s one of the best that ever did it. We got him on board, the young gunner. And he went crazy.

“Then Raekwon starts off his [verse] like, ‘My sons cool out, don’t beef yo...’ Rae was like, ‘It sounds like everybody’s battling on this song.’ That’s why Raekwon came on like, ‘We all family. Why is everybody sounding like they’re taking this personal?’

“Nas did change his verse like two or three times. But I never heard [that early version] again. I never thought anybody ever heard that. I thought that shit was like, lost. We flipped the beat too [from the original version that came out on mixtapes]. We wanted to change it up.”

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