Jay-Z f/ Nas “Success” (2007)
Album: American Gangster
Label: Def Jam
No I.D.: “Jermaine Dupri hit me and was like, ‘Let’s go work with Jay in New York.’ Now, I really like working with people, so I was ready to go up there and record with him. J.D. and I decided to work on the beat together in the studio.’
So we’re in the studio and Lebron’s there, and Beyonce’s there. And I was off to the side with my headphones on doing the beat on my laptop.
“So we’re in the studio and Lebron’s there, and Beyonce’s there. And I was off to the side with my headphones on doing the beat on my laptop. Everyone kept looking at me like ‘What’s this guy doing over there on his computer?’ No keyboard—I was just on my MacBook. I’m sure they thought I was just surfing the net or something.
“‘Jay and Jermaine looked over at me like ‘What do you got?’ So I play it and Jay’s like ‘Awww shit that’s it. Get that laptop back out and let’s do some more.’ So that was the first time we jousted like that in the studio. It was also my first Nas collaboration, and the record really put me back in motion.”