Another hard-edged track continuing Jay’s development as a lyricist and storyteller early in his career. The song is almost a plea to fans not to judge him harshly for the wrongs he’s committed on the way to success.

It’s an important track in Jay’s back catalogue, as it debuts his desire to reach out and collaborate with artists from other areas. Too $hort is from Oakland, and at the time was collaborating heavily with Southern artists.