For #MonsterMondays, Swizz let lose this allegedly unreleased song, scrapped from his 2007 album, One Man Band. Swizz told MTV this back in ’07 when the song began circulating on mixtapes:

“The record was originally for Nas,” he explained. “I got Nas’ vocals already. But I can’t do Nas, and his energy is not right on there. It would be dead weight. No disrespect, but it can’t be dead weight if I can’t make it feel like reality. I need the sh– crazy. I need to shoot a video! It’s gotta be another ‘It’s Me B—hes,’ but bigger. I could easily pull a Nas card and have people be like, ‘Nas is spazzing on the verse.’ But it has to be a movie. I got it. It just gotta make sense. I can get Nas, [Jay-Z] and [Jadakiss] on that. I can do that. It’s light work, but it’s gotta make sense.”

Props to NR for spotting this quote.

Not the best Nas song ever, but way better than the version that ended up on One Man Band.

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Nas “Top Down” (prod Swizz Beatz) [Unreleased]

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