Large Professor f/ Nas “Stay Chisel” (2002)

Album: 1st Class

Label: Matador

Producer: Large Professor

Large Professor: “We always joke around. Nas would be like, ‘You large professor face.’ We’d always bug out like that. So I know he got that ‘Stay Chisel’ title on some, ‘Yo, we gonna be sharp on this.’ That dude is very particular, very sharp. I’m like that with beats, but he’s like that with words and lyrics, and the timing of lyrics.

“Yeah, so he had that song. And I was like, ‘Are you gonna use it?’ And he was like, ‘I don’t know.’ And I’d come back like, ‘Yo, are you gonna use it?!?!’ [Laughs.] I’m going in sessions, like, ‘Yo, let me get that Stay Chisel.’ So finally, he was like, to the engineer, ‘Yo, can you give Large Professor the ‘Stay Chisel’ sessions please, so he can get off my back?’ [Laughs.] We joke around like that. Then, I put it together [with my rhymes], and he heard it, and he was like, ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah.’

“There’s a solo version [floating around] with him on all three of the verses. It’s [dope]. I did a remix version [for my album], and somehow the original version, with [just him rapping on it], got out there.”