Produced By: No I.D., Jermaine Dupri
Album: American Gangster
That's one of the most scorching, wailing organ melodies you'll likely ever hear—not the smallest violin in the world playing for Jay and Nas, who inform y'all that being filthy rich ain't all that it's cracked up to be (boo hoo) as they collab on the same song for the second time.
Sharing basically the same feelings about success as Eminem does on "I'm Back" ("It sucks," Jay says, "I had more fun when I was piss-poor"), Mr. Carter reveals some of the problems of being loaded: "And is this what success is all about?/A bunch of niggas acting like bitches with big mouths/All this stress, all I got is this big house/Couple of cars, I don't bring half of them shits out... I got watches I ain't seen in months/Apartment at the Trump I only slept in once."
Nas (surprise) can relate: "Old cribs I sold, y'all drive by like monuments/Google-Earth Nas, I got flats in other continents/Worst enemies wanna be my best friends/Best friends wanna be enemies like that's what's in/But I don't give a fuck, walk inside the lion's den/Take everybody's chips, about to cash them in." Note the not-so-subtle shots at Hov. Verdict? They didn't convince us that being rich and famous is lame, but the pair was successful in making a damn good record.