“Shootouts”

Produced by: Trackmasters

Nas: “We had a great time working on that record. They weren’t just producers—they lived with the songs, they pushed me, they stayed on my case, they wanted to complete records. They celebrated when we finished.

“They were excited about making records and beating everybody. That’s what we did on that album and they were able to do records, they’d give me the track and I’d make it street. ‘Shootouts’ was based off some true shit. I added some imagination but it was based on the life of me and my crew.”

Poke: “We actually put 'Shootouts' out as a freestyle with Nature and Nas on a DJ Clue? mixtape. It seemed so crazy that we were just like, 'Yo lets just make it a whole record and put it on the album.' So that’s what it was, and it was a chance to put Nature out there and stuff like that. Although Nature is not on the final version, he was on the version that we put out. Nas loved the beat and he just wanted to go. He was like, 'Yo I’m going to air this out myself.' [Laughs.]”