Jay-Z recorded his epic four-minute verse in one take. "This one was different because normally, we'll sit down, we'll do a song, three verses, two verses or whatever, and he'll have a verse and then we'll figure out what's next, Roc-A-Fella engineer Young Guru recalled in a video interview
"No, he walked in and this was completely, he's spitting the verse to me," he continued. "One take. He's literally asking me, 'Guru, put the beat on.' I'm like, 'Khaled didn't send me the beat, you didn't send me the beat. Send me the beat.' So then he sends me the joint and I started trying to loop it, and he was just like, 'No, no, no, hit Khaled and get the whole instrumental,' so he could spit the whole verse."