This was produced by the production duo known as The Trackmasters (also known as Poke & Tone). Among their other production credits are "Hey Lover" for LL Cool J, "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It
" and "Men In Black
" for Will Smith and "Fiesta" for R Kelly. Nas explained to Rolling Stone
magazine why he hooked up with them: "'If I Ruled the World,' that's when I teamed up with Trackmaster, and I figured I needed a change, so I teamed up with the best at the time, and they cut the track together and just needed someone to sing the chorus."