Beanie Sigel “Man’s World” (2001)

Album: The Reason

Label: Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam

No I.D.: “‘Man’s World’ was one of those records where I wanted to show people what time it was. It was to show people I really know how to chop samples and do this. It was really meant for Jay’s Blueprint, but somehow Hop [Kyambo Joshua] gave it to Beans before he gave it to Jay.

I was probably a little ticked off by it, but it was still a perfect record. It was one of my quintessential hip-hop records. “It came out a few months before Blueprint did, and it was a really like a statement like ‘I do this for real.”