Jay-Z f/ Latoiya Williams “All Around The World” (2002)
Album: The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse
Label: Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam
No I.D.: “That was the first Jay-Z song that I did, and the funny part about it is I gave him that beat around the time of The Blueprint. And the record just sat there until the last few days before The Blueprint 2 had to be turned in and someone was like ‘You remember this record?’ But before it went on the album, they went in and changed my beat around a little bit, so I had problems tracking it.
I was never trying to work with Jay, because I came from an era where you woked with who you worked with. To me it was just Common.
“I’d been around with them since [In My Lifetime] Vol. 1 and I was even in the studio when they mixed ‘Sunshine.’ But I was never trying to work with Jay, because I came from an era where you worked with who you worked with. To me it was just Common, so I wasn’t really trying to work with everyone like that.
“Me and Hop added Latoiya Williams to the track because we always loved her. She is one of my favorite unknown classic soul singers. That record was kind of the resurgence of No I.D. and the intro to me working with other people.”