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.
The Four Tops' "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" was written by the Motown team of Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland and Eddie Holland. The phrase "Sugar pie, honey bunch" was something Dozier's grandfather used to say when he was a kid.