Everybody wants to rule the world and yesterday at the Merriweather Post Pavillion, Ms. Hill brought out Nasir for their It Was Written duet. Imagine that. Earlier this month, Tone of Trackmasters spoke with the NY Daily News on how this track came about.
Nas featuring Lauryn Hill – “If I Ruled The World”
“We could have went and got Mariah Carey – we could have gotten anybody – but Lauryn Hill was hip-hop certified and she was right on the rise. This was Nas’ chance to cross over, and it was a perfect marriage. We went upstate, about three hours away, in a studio in Bearsville, N.Y., to record most the album (“It Was Written”). There was nothing to do there. We recorded it in a barn, a barn with a studio inside it. No city distractions. It worked.”