Originally, Nas was supposed to be featured on this song and do this verse. However, Nas was late to the studio session, so Jay-Z had to write and record this verse, all in 20 minutes. Now, I’m not sure if some people understand how hard that is; as a rapper myself, I know how hard it is to write, and to make a verse as hard as this 20 minutes is quite a feat.
Fun fact: “Can I Live” was actually the last time Jay-Z wrote down his lyrics.
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