Contains Sample From: "Yearning for your Love" as performed by The Gap Band and written by R. Wilson and O. Scott
This song almost used a different — and now more familiar — sample. Nas told XXL:
I asked L.E.S. to bring [a copy of Mtume’s “Juicy Fruit”]. I wanted to sample “Juicy.” He didn’t have the record, so he brought the Gap Band’s “Yearning for Your Love” instead. Looped it up, and I was like, “Yo, it ain’t ‘Juicy,’ but it’s a whole ’nother monster!” Once we looped it up, I didn’t even care about “Juicy.” Of course, when Biggie dropped, I was like, “Oh my God.” I lost my rhyme books [the day we recorded “Life’s a Bitch”]. When we got to the studio and realized that I lost my books, we realized I left it on the train. Everybody was mad, like what we left on the train was a winning lotto ticket. [Laughs] We were like, “Oh man, it’s over!” That was years of writing, but the good thing was that I had memorized a lot of it.
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