Released on April 15, 1997, “Feelin’ It” was the fourth and final single from Jaÿ-Z’s debut album Reasonable Doubt, while the DJ Premier produced “Friend or Foe” was the single’s B-side. It peaked at #79 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Presenting an air of luxurious untouchability, “Feelin’ It” is a stand-out track on Jay’s classic debut. It is the purest example of early-era Jaÿ: effortless wordplay and a flagrant superiority complex over an immaculate beat.

Produced by Hov’s close friend Ski Beatz, “Feelin’ It” contains a sample of jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal’s 1974 song “Pastures.” Ski revealed to Complex that this song was originally for his own album and featured Geechie Suede from Camp Lo. Ski played it for Jay, and the following exchange took place:

Jay was like, ‘You know you gotta give me that song, right?’ I was like, ‘What do you mean? I just did this song!’ He was like, ‘Come on B, I need that for my album. You know we’re working on this album. Give me that beat, I want that hook too.’ He took the beat, the hook, and the flow too! Which was cool, it wasn’t like he didn’t ask me for it. He didn’t jack it. He told me he was going to do it.

The song received a fitting video, with Jay and his cohorts captured in Jamaica enjoying expensive goods and expensive alcohol. The music video was directed by Alan Ferguson, who would later marry Beyoncé’s sister Solange Knowles.