The Don
by Nas

Album: Life Is Good (2012)

Songfacts®:

  • This single was premiered on Funkmaster Flex's radio show on March 14, 2012. The song features Jamaican dancehall deejay Super Cat and was produced by Salaam Remi, Da Internz plus the late Heavy D, who passed away suddenly in November 2011.
  • Nas acknowledged to MTV News the significance of Heav's contribution to the song. "When Salaam played me the beat for it, I said, 'That's the single — do this and do that and we're golden.' So he started flipping it around," he recalled of the first time that he heard the instrumentals. "When we heard that Heavy D died, of course we were messed up, and Salaam called me and told me, 'You know your record "The Don"? You know who gave me that, right?' "He's like, 'Heavy D gave me that. He liked what we did with the other single, "Nasty," and he sent me this record.' And the rest is history."

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