The album was originally going to be called "N--ger," but after some stores claimed they wouldn't carry an album with such a controversial title, Nas was forced to rechristen it. In this song the New York rapper proclaims himself a hero because of his ability to connect to his fans with his music. However he questions why he can't use the 'N' word to title his album, when many would use that word to describe him.
Jimi Hendrix opened for The Monkees on their 1967 tour, and it did not go well. The young, mostly female crowd shouted "Davy" when Hendrix sang the word "Lady" in "Foxy Lady" in honor of who they came to see: Monkees lead singer Davy Jones.