Classic Non-Album Cuts: Nas

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The formerly Nasty Nas made a name for himself as a featured artist.

Kicking off Main Source’s “Live at the Barbeque,” he announced his arrival to the world of hip-hop and has been blessing guest verses and soundtracks ever since (including his epic run in 1995 when he was added vocals to four classics – AZ’s “Mo Money Mo Muder [Homicide],” Mobb Deep’s “Eye for a Eye [Your Beef Is Mines],” Kool G. Rap’s “Fast Life,” and Raekwon’s “Verbal Intercourse”).

As he has transitioned from a young hungry street lyricist to a star to an elder statesman, he’s continued to work with a variety of artists, even those that were still in diapers when Nas was in the studio. It is a long and varied list and I only included the best tracks.

Escobar season has once again returned…

Soundtracks

“Escobar ‘97” off the Men in Black soundtrack (1997)

“In Too Deep” off the In Too Deep soundtrack (1998)

“Grand Finale” (featuring Method Man, DMX & Ja Rule) off the Belly soundtrack (1998)

“Blood Money, Pt. 2” (featuring Noreaga & Nature) off the Ride soundtrack (1998)

“U Wanna Be Me” off the 8 Mile soundtrack (2002)

“We March as Millions” off the One Million Strong Vol. 2: Love Peace & War soundtrack (2005)

Compilations

“East Coast/West Coast Killas” (featuring B-Real, KRS-One, RBX & Dr. Dre) off Dr. Dre Presents…The Aftermath (1996)

“Nas Freestyle” off Funkmaster Flex’s The Mix Tape, Vol. II (1997)

“Queensfinest” off DJ Clue’s The Professional (1998)

“Eye For an Eye Freestyle” off DJ Clue’s The Great Ones Pt. 2 mixtape (1999)

“Live from the Bridge” off DJ Clue’s The Professional 2 (2000)

“Da Bridge 2001” (featuring Capone, Cormega, Marley Marl, MC Shan, Millennium Thug, Mobb Deep, Nature & Tragedy Khadafi) off Nas & Ill Will Records Presents QB’s Finest (2000)

“Find Ya Wealth” off Nas & Ill Will Records Presents QB’s Finest (2000)

“Self Conscience” (featuring Prodigy) off Nas & Ill Will Records Presents QB’s Finest (2000)

“War” off DJ Clue’s The Professional 3 (2006)

“I’m On” off DJ Khaled’s We Global (2008)

“Hip Hop” (featuring Scarface & DJ Premier) off DJ Khaled’s Kiss the Ring (2012)

“Nas Album Done” off DJ Khaled’s Major Key (2016)

“It’s Secured” (featuring Travis Scott) off DJ Khaled’s Grateful (2017)

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As Featured Artist

“Live at the Barbeque” off Main Source’s Breaking Atoms (1991)

“Back to the Grill” off MC Serch’s Return of the Product (1992)

“Mo Money, Mo Murder [Homicide]” off AZ’s Doe or Die (1995)

“Gimme Yours” off AZ’s Doe or Die (1995)

“Eye for a Eye (Your Beef is Mines)” off Mobb Deep’s The Infamous (1995)

“Verbal Intercourse” off Raekwon’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… (1995)

“Fast Life” off Kool G. Rap’s 4, 5, 6 (1995)

“Head Over Heels” off Allure’s Allure (1997)

“Love Is All We Need” off Mary J. Blige’s Share My World (1997)

“Calm Down” off Capone-N-Noreaga’s “Capone Bone” single (1997)

“John Blaze” off Fat Joe’s Don Cartagena (1998)

“Body in the Trunk” off Noreaga’s N.O.R.E. (1998)

“Turn It Out [Intro]” off Jermaine Dupri’s Life in 1472 (1998)

“Journey Through the Life” off Puff Daddy’s Forever (1999)

“Hot Boyz [Remix]” off Missy Elliott’s Da Real World (1999)

“It’s Mine” off Mobb Deep’s Murda Muzik (1999)

“The Ultimate High” off Nature’s For All Seasons (2000)

“B EZ” off Capone-N-Noreaga’s The Reunion (2000)

“Let My Niggas Live” off Wu-Tang Clan’s The W (2000)

“Queens Day” off Run-DMC’s Crown Royal (2001)

“Show Discipline” off Jadakiss’s Kiss tha Game Goodbye (2001)

“Too Hot” off 50 Cent’s Guess Who’s Back mixtape (2002)

“Who U Rep With” off 50 Cent’s Guess Who’s Back mixtape (2002)

“The Pledge [Remix]” off Ja Rule’s The Last Temptation (2002)

“In Between Us” off Scarface’s The Fix (2002)

“Quick to Back Down” off Bravehearts’ Bravehearted (2003)

“Grand Finale” off Lil Jon & The Eastside Boyz’s Crunk Juice (2004)

“We Major” off Kanye West’s Late Registration (2005)

“Music for Life” off Hi-Tek’s Hi-Teknology²: The Chip (2006)

“Don’t Get Carried Away” off Busta Rhymes’s The Big Bang (2006)

“Why You Hate the Game” off The Game’s Doctor’s Advocate (2006)

“Success” off Jay-Z’s American Gangster (2007)

“My President” off Young Jeezy’s The Recession (2008)

“I Do It for Hip-Hop” off Ludacris’s Theater of the Mind (2008)

“Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It [Remix]” off Ice Cube’s Raw Footage (2008)

“Usual Suspects” off Rick Ross’s Deeper Than Rap (2009)

“Too Many Rappers” off Beastie Boys’ Hot Sauce Committee Part Two (2009)

“Rich & Black” off Raekwon’s Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang (2011)

“Outro” off Lil’ Wayne’s Tha Carter IV (2011)

“Ghetto Dreams” off Common’s The Dreamer/The Believer (2011)

“Like Smoke” off Amy Winehouse’s Lioness: Hidden Treasures (2011)

“Triple Beam Dreams” off Rick Ross’s God Forgives, I Don’t (2012)

“Champion” off Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (2012)

“Maybach Curtains” off Meek Mill’s Dreams and Nightmares (2012)

“We Dem Boyz [Remix]” off Wiz Khalifa’s Blacc Hollywood (2014)

“Something to Believe In” off Fashawn’s The Ecology (2015)

Randoms and Unreleased

“Understanding” (1991)

“Life Is Like a Dice Game” (1991)

“The Foulness Parts 1 & 2” Freestyle (1996)

“The Foulness Part 3” Freestyle (featuring Nature) (1996)

“The Foulness Part 4” Freestyle (featuring Nature) (1996)

“Analyze This” (featuring Jay-Z & Lord Tariq) (1997)

“Introducing The Firm” Freestyle (featuring Steve Stout, Femme Feale, Noreaga & Mary J. Blige) (1997)

“Sosa vs. The State” (featuring The Firm) (1997)

“La Familia” (featuring The Firm) (1997)

Sprite Commercial (featuring AZ) (1997)

“John Blaze [Original]” (featuring Fat Joe, Big Pun, Raekwon & Jadakiss) (1998)

“Stillmatic Freestyle” (2001)

“Dead Presidents/The World Is Yours” [Live] (featuring Jay-Z) (2004)

“Escobar 2006” (2005)

“MC Burial [Don’t Body Ya Self]” (2006)

“Classic [Better Than I’ve Ever Been]” (featuring KRS-One, Rakim & Kanye West) (2007)

“Topless” (featuring Dr. Dre, Eminem & T.I.) (2009)

“Film” (2009)

“People’s Court” (2009)

“Serious” (featuring AZ) (2013)

All entries in the Classic Non-Album Cuts series:

The LOX | Wu-Tang Clan | Eminem | The Notorious B.I.G. | Ice Cube | André 3000 | 2Pac | Dr. Dre | Nas | Jay-Z | Kendrick Lamar | Tha Dogg Pound | Scarface | Canibus


Christopher Pierznik’s eight books are available in paperback and Kindle. His work has appeared on XXL, Cuepoint, Business Insider, The Cauldron, Medium, and many more. Subscribe to his monthly reading review newsletter or follow him on Facebook or Twitter.

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