This Blueprint 3 track was helmed by and features Kanye West, who served as producer for a bulk of the tracks on the album. The original 2001 Blueprint album helped establish West as one of hip-hop's most celebrated producers. Jay-Z spoke glowingly about his protégé to Reuters. "Kanye is really the father to the next generation - he's from the school of Q-Tip, and now Drake and Kid Cudi are from the school of 'Ye.' And, when you look at Kanye, you have to look at Lil Wayne. I think they're like Kobe Bryant and LeBron James."
On this track Jay-Z and West take aim at detractors.
"Sloop John B" is a traditional West Indian folk song, and it was a huge hit for The Beach Boys in 1966. They tweaked the lyric, "This is the worst trip since I've been born" to "...I've ever been on" as a wink to acid culture.