Beyoncé sings on this with Jay-Z - it was their first collaboration. She was the most prominent member of the group Destiny's Child, and was getting ready for a solo album after a prominent role in the movie Austin Powers in Goldmember
. Kelly Rowland, her bandmate in Destiny's Child, had a huge hit when she teamed up with Nelly for the song "Dilemma
." Joining an established rap star was a great way to launch a solo career at the time, as the airways were flooded with hits featuring a male rapper doing the verses and a female singer coming in for the hook. Most of these involved either Ja Rule or Ashanti.