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Saturday, June 29, 2024

Jay-Z and Nas First Collaboration Finally Released


Back in the mid-90s, before their feud, the pair recorded verses for Shaq's song, "No Love Lost," but Nas' verse was never cleared.

Jay-Z and Nas’ earliest collaboration has finally gotten an official release on the reissue of — seriously — Shaquille O’Neal’s 1996 album, You Can’t Stop the Reign.

The song is called “No Love Lost,” and it features Shaq alongside Jay, Nas, and fellow New York City MC Lord Tariq. But when the track was first released in the mid-90s, only Jay-Z and Lord Tariq appeared alongside the NBA star. Nas had written and recorded a verse for the song, but as O’Neal explained during a 2022 appearance on Drink Champs, “You know how it is with clearances and publishing and all that… People didn’t clear it.”

Despite never getting an official release, the version of the song with Jay, Nas, and Lord Tariq eventually (and perhaps inevitably) leaked. One version appeared on a 1996 DJ Clue mixtape called The Fall, Pt. 1, and by the early 2000s, the track was all over Mp3 file-sharing platforms like Limewire and Napster, where it was often known as “Analyze This.” By that point, too, the song had taken on extra significance in the thick of the infamous Jay-Z/Nas feud.

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