Album: The Lost Tapes
Label: Ill Will, Columbia

Poke: “We went in [in the late '90s] and Nas made like 60 records. There was a batch of 15 to 20 records that got leaked and hit the streets as a Nas mixtape. Nas got upset and was like, ‘I'm doing all new records.’ It was like, ‘Oh shit.’

“Steve Stoute had to calm him down like, ‘We can't do that. You can't just go in and make all new records. Let’s just keep the records that you have.’ Those records became I Am.... And the ‘take those other records’ later turned into The Lost Tapes. That’s pretty much, it came out of that batch of records.”