During these times, Jay-Z and NaS were taking shots at each other on records. Jay wanted Nas to be on the chorus to Dead Presidents since 1995.
Analyze This (1999) Nas ft. Jay-Z & Lord Tariq
If you ask someone about the Black Republican Nas / Jay-Z track, they might tell you that's not really the first collaboration between the two rappers; next, they would point to something called Analyze This. However, what they're referring to is actually a blend. The story goes that NBA center Shaquille O'Neal was assembling material for his 1996 release Can't Stop The Reign. He then brought in the Trackmasters who eventually enlisted their comrade Nas to lay down some vocals. Nas obliged, spit an Esco-inspired verse but then ran into some issues. Either there were money holdups or personality disagreements, whatever…