Two of “Brooklyn’s Finest,” Biggie and JAY-Z, collaborate over a DJ Clark Kent track built around a sample from “Ecstasy” by the Ohio Players. Clark detailed how the track came together in an interview with Complex, saying Biggie wanted the beat for himself but ended up coming to Jay’s studio session where they met and collaborated for the first time.

This song is one of the few Biggie and Jay-Z collaborations.

In an interview with Billboard, the co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records Kareem “Biggs” Burke recalled the studio session for this song:

This is something that we were dying to get done…Dame actually gave Clark [Kent] the sample for that song. Then, when Biggie and Jay sat at the board, the engineer came and dropped a pad and a pen right in between them. Jay looks at it and then he pushes it over to Big. Big looks at it and pushes it back. That’s the time they realized that neither one of them wrote lyrics [down on paper].

Jay actually went in and did everything in five minutes. He broke down the song and left all these parts [for Big]. It was a different type of beat at that time. Biggie was trying to really catch the beat and when he left, he said, “When I give you a song to rhyme on for my album, I’ma make sure it’s a regular beat so you could do a straight sixteen, not all this breakdown.”

Reggie “Combat Jack” Ossé, a former lawyer for Roc-A-Fella recounted the making of this song:

When I contacted Bad Boy for Big’s clearance, Puff wouldn’t, couldn’t grant us the full single rights. Big had been on almost everybody’s records and Arista didn’t want him to be overexposed. … I remember being on the phone once again begging for Puff to let Big rock on a single and video, and Puff asking me, ‘Yo, what the eff is a Jay-Z? I can’t get Clive Davis to clear Big on some unknown rapper’s record.’ To his credit, Puff did let the Roc keep the song on the album.