Date: Mid-1992

Shortly after Nas appeared on Main Source's "Live at the Barbecue" in July 1991, MC Serch of 3rd Bass reached out to him and asked him to jump on a song called "Back to the Grill" for his solo album, Return of the Product. While working with him, Serch found out that Nas didn't have a record deal, despite his "Live at the Barbecue" verse. So he made some calls and hooked Nas up with an A&R at Sony and got him signed through Columbia Records. He also agreed to serve as Nas' manager moving forward.