Album: In My Lifetime, Vol. 1
Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam
Poke: “They had the Nas battle thing going on.”
Tone:“Jay and Steve Stoute had a relationship after they found out that they were related somewhere in their family bloodline. We were always trying to figure out how to work with Jay-Z.
Jay was in the office with Stoute and they were playing Madden. The bet between Jay and Stoute was that Trackmasters had to do a record for him if he won. Jay won the bet and we went in to do ‘Face Off.’ - Tone
"The two artists who we always had a problem working with were Jay and Lil’ Kim cause we were Nas and Foxy producers and it’s just the way the industry was cut. Jay had always wanted a record from us and one day so we just said let’s do something.
“Jay was in the office with Stoute and they were playing Madden. The bet between Jay and Stoute was that Trackmasters had to do a record for him if he won. Jay won the bet and we went in to do ‘Face Off.’
“Jay came in, we put up the Soul Makossa record, the sample, he had Sauce Money in there, and they went in together. It was hot. It was simple, nothing major. It was a one off. We weren’t gonna be in the studio for 2 weeks. It was just one session, he came, he spit, and it was over. It was never a friendship.”
Poke: “We were loyal to Nas at that time. It was like, ‘Aight were gonna give you a joint but we ain’t just going in with you like that.’ But we were always friends with Jay, he used to live in the building as Tone [at 560 State Street].”