This is the first song by a Wu-Tang member to feature someone outside the Clan. Nas realizes the honor, and doesn’t disappoint, with arguably the best verse on the song.

The Nas verse was touted by The Source Magazine in the late 1990’s as the top 5 verses of All TIME in Hip Hop. Nasty described the making of the song in an interview with XXL

We got in the studio. RZA played the beat. Nas was liking it, and he was trying different rhymes to it. We would sit there, and he’d say some of his shit. But he didn’t really know which rhyme he wanted to say. And I was there, being like his little coach. And I was like, “That’s it, son.” He was like, “That’s it?” I was like, “Nigga, that’s it!” But he had already went through three or four rhymes, and he couldn’t really see which one he wanted it to be. But I heard it. Once it came out his mouth, I was like, That’s it. – Raekwon

Rae would come out to Queensbridge. I would go to Staten Island. We’d just ride and hang out all night. We didn’t call each other to work. We called each other to hang out. Somehow we wound up in the studio. RZA had a couple of beats ready. He played them for me. I got on both of them. The other one never came out. I was honored to be asked to be on the album. Raekwon was ahead of his time. I knew Rae was a classic artist and the album was going to be a music classic. – Nas

Nas’s verse was used for the first time on the track Deja Vu from 1994