Album: 4, 5, 6
Label: Cold Chillin'/Epic Street/SME Records
Kool G Rap: "Me being a street rapper, I’m always competing against street rappers. There were a lot of serious ones starting to come out at that time, like Wu-Tang, Mobb Deep, and M.O.P. And I loved all of it.
"'Fast Life' was looked at as a passing of the torch to Nas, because before I had been shopping him around. He recorded his whole demo in my studio. By the time we did 'Fast Life' together, Nas had already started to make his entry into the game. That was the first time we had rapped together on a song, and the timing made it a passing of the torch.
I set up a meeting with Lyor Cohen and Kevin Liles at Def Jam to talk about Nas. Kevin Liles was the one who said that he sounds too much like a G. Rap, and so Def Jam passed.
"Before that, I set up a meeting with Lyor Cohen and Kevin Liles at Def Jam to talk about Nas. Kevin Liles was the one who said that he sounds too much like a G. Rap, and so Def Jam passed. I knew I had some influence on him but I knew he had his own identity.
"Buckwild did the beat. The remix was a situation where the A&R of the label having some different producers do remixes. We heard one that we knew was the winner. It was a sample off Caravan of Love [by Isley Jasper Isley].
"Nas wasn’t nervous when he recorded that verse. He had complete confidence. He knew he was nice. I haven’t heard from him in over a decade now, but he’s always the homie to me. I haven’t spoken to Large Professor in years either, but he’s also a homie."