“When Nas’ Illmatic album was done it blew me away because everyone was silently competing with each other. I knew I was working alongside producers that I liked. I was competing against DJ Premier and Large Professor. But I couldn’t do it with just one song [laughs]. I was like, ‘Yo Nas, let me do some more songs!’ But at that time certain things didn’t work out properly. There were things said and things that were not done in a timely fashion and people got upset. So the bottom line is I only ended up doing one song.
When I listen to a song like ‘The World Is Yours,’ I’m amazed at the lyrics. I used to stand back and look at Nas like, ‘Who are you? Are you for real?’ [laughs] His voice, the things he would say…you could just picture what he was saying. Nas was the actual lens of a movie camera. That’s how Nas hit me. Nas made me sing the chorus on ‘The World Is Yours!’ He was like, ‘Yo, I want you to sing this…’ I was like, ‘Nah, I don’t want to sing.’ Then he started singing the chorus too me [Pete sings]: ‘Whose World is this?…the world is yours, the world is yours…It’s mine, it’s mine…’ So I ended up doing it somehow, someway. We were practicing it in my basement and we recorded ‘The World Is Yours’ at Battery Records. Thank you to Large Professor for introducing me to Nas.”