“Silent Murder” (Bonus Track)
Produced by: Live Squad, Lo Ground & Top General Sounds
Nas: “I like the sounds that I heard in the movie 48 Hours and I wanted the steel drum sound. I wanted to put some of that on top of Stretch’s beat so I got someone to play what I wanted to play on top of it and the track just always put me in the zone.”
Poke: “The only reason we couldn’t add any more records to the album was because there were already too many records. At some point, we were making records and just throwing the records out because we had so many of them. That’s the only reason why some of the records didn’t make it.
“You’ve got to try to paint a full movie and not paint a full movie with excerpts. Leave them as bonus stuff that we throw out on the side. That’s what we tried to accomplish, not anything more, not anything less.
At some point, we were making records and just throwing the records out because we had so many of them. That’s the only reason why some of the records didn’t make it. - Poke
“Also, from a publisher’s standpoint, publishers only collect off of 12 records. Every record after that, you’re cutting into other people’s publishing. When you have a number of producers on an album and you have 22 tracks, their publishing starts getting cut down. That becomes a publishing nightmare. So we started scaling down when everybody was like, 'Yeah lets put more tracks on the album.'
"Lets say you have a producer on there who had a record that basically shouldn’t have even been on the album. He’s getting paid because of everybody else’s success. So a lot of A-list producers were mad like, 'Yo you’re on this album for a free ride.' So they stopped that and tracklistings started to get cut down to between 12 and 15 tracks. And that’s where it stayed.
“Half of the guys were putting records on their album just to be putting them on there. Why put it on? Just take it off. It’s almost like a bitch with too much makeup. Like, 'Bitch, take some of that makeup off.'”