Producer: Swizz Beatz/The Neptunes
Label: Def Jam
Cipha Sounds: "I don't know how I can describe how big these records were in the Tunnel. Madman, super-energy, plus the introduction of the Neptunes and Swizz Beatz. These are perfect records. Made the Neptunes. Made Swizz Beatz. Classic Jadakiss and Styles back-and-forth style. Solidified N.O.R.E. as a solo artist.
"Everybody on the song was hot—Nature was the least hot, but he ripped it. Sidebar: Pun wasn't supposed to be on 'Banned.' Pun was in the studio when N.O.R.E. was making it and he asked for 16 bars. And N.O.R.E. said, no, I got everybody on the record already. Pun wouldn't leave the studio and kept writing and just told the engineer to record him."