On “This Can’t Be Life” Jay-Z, Beanie Sigel and Scarface present their most pensive and mournful selves, openly wondering if there’s any point to living through pain. Scarface’s heart-breaking guest verse is often thought of as one of the best of all-time.

The beat is the first-ever produced by Kanye West for his big brother. It is a West soul-sampling classic, built around Harold Melvin and the Bluenote’s “I Miss You.” The drums are sampled directly from Dr. Dre’s “Xxplosive.”

Kanye West discussed the process of creating and pitching this beat in his song “Last Call.”