Album: Late Registration
Producer: Kanye West, Jon Brion, Warryn Campbell
Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam
Kanye West was signed to Roc-A-Fella Records, and was the “little brother” to label boss Jay Z. So when Hova’s arch-enemy Nasty Nas popped up on Late Registration’s tracklist, it left many scratching their heads. Nas on a Roc-A-Fella release? Didn’t 'Ye produce “Takeover”—doesn't he have beef with Nas? Was Yeezy a traitor, or was the writing on the wall that the Jay and Nas beef would soon be coming to an end?
When the track dropped, none of that mattered—because “We Major” was majorly dope. 'Ye let his childhood friend Really Doe kick off the song, before 'Ye spit a verse that was “better than some head on a Sunday afternoon.” By the time we got to Esco, we’d completely forgotten about what he said on “Ether.”
Fun Fact: Really Doe helped Nas write his verse. When Nas spit, “Asked my man to the right, what this verse sound like/Should I freestyle or write/He said ‘Nas what the fans want is Illmatic still’”—which is reference to a real conversation he and Really Doe had while recording.