Dead Presidents II

Dead Presidents II

JAY-Z

“Dead Presidents II” is all about getting money that has drawings of dead presidents on it (and/or Benjamin Franklin & Alexander Hamilton, who were not ever President, but whatever…)

In an interview with Complex, Ski Beatz recalled putting this beat together:

Nas' Illmatic had just come out. And I was just listening to “The World Is Yours.” I just fell in love with the pianos. Once I felt that vibe, I just went searching for anything with a piano that made me feel like that. Soon as I heard the piano, I was gonna fall in love.
I was just digging and digging, and I found that Lonnie Liston Smith joint [‘A Garden of Peace’] and I thought it was fresh. And then I just threw that Nas sample in there just to see if it would work because I liked Nas' voice. I gave it to Jay and it fit right into the scheme of his album and what he was talking about.

Check out the single version of “Dead Presidents.”