"Nas Is Coming"
It Was Written (1996)
It was the middle of the East-West war. Dre had left Death Row and I was a big fan of Dre’s and Dre liked my stuff. A few years before, I was new and I went out and performed at this club that Prince owned in Los Angeles at the time. The club was hitting. It's right before the album dropped and I came out with a glass of Hennessy and a cigar and I said my stuff and I left and I think that impressed Dre. He saw the L.A. audience reacting well to it too and we talked and he was still at Death Row at this point.
Years later, I’m in the business and we're right in the middle of this East Coast-West Coast shit. Dre just wanted to make music; he wasn’t really caught up in that shit. At the end of the day, he's riding for his team, but he got to a point where there was internal beef on his side and he wanted to work and I wanted to work. The East and West wasn’t really too happy about that, but we wanted to work together and "Nas Is Coming" was the first thing we did.
The whole East Coast-West Coast thing, I was just watching what was going on. Tupac showed me a lot of respect on the intro to Makaveli—he called me the leader of the East Coast—so me and him both had a mutual respect, and I didn’t want any East Coast-West Coast beef at all.