On “Guess Who’s Back,” Jay Z, Scarface, and Beanie Sigel talk about creating and distributing dope products. This song was produced by Kanye West in 2002, two years before the release of his debut album, The College Dropout.

Scarface spoke about his relationship with the Roc-A-Fella crew in a 2013 interview with Complex:

I spent a lot of time with Kanye when Kanye was doing a lot of beats. Kanye stepped in on that album. It’s funny how that shit works. Me and JAY-Z would talk for hours. That’s my dog. We’re homies. I fuck with ‘em all. Guru, Kanye, JAY-Z, Beanie, everybody over there at Roc-A-Fella was family. The whole New York was like my extended family.

Face also spoke about JAY-Z’s creative process:

For the longest I thought he had pre-written shit and he would drop that down. But as time went on, I realized he was a freak of nature. He can hear a beat three times, listen to the beat ride once all the way through, and then lay his verse. I’ll be at the board writing my verse and he’ll already be gone. He’ll come in there sit, chat, and laugh, and then the beat will come on and he’ll write that shit in the middle of a conversation. The music will be playing and he’ll zero in and be like, ‘Ooh, ooh,’ and then lay that shit.

Kanye mixed the drums from Dr. Dre’s “Xxplosive” with a sample from “Sunrise” by The Originals: