Nas & Ill Will Records Presents QB's Finest

Nas & Ill Will Records Presents QB's Finest, commonly known as simply QB's Finest, is a compilation album released on November 21, 2000 and the second release from rapper Nas' new Ill Will Records imprint, distributed by Columbia Records. It featured Nas and a number of other rappers from the Queensbridge housing projects, including Mobb Deep, Nature, Nashawn, Littles, Bravehearts and Cormega, who had briefly reconciled a longtime feud with Nas.

Nas & Ill Will Records Presents QB's Finest
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Compilation album by
QB’s Finest
ReleasedNovember 21, 2000[1]
Recorded1999–2000
GenreHip hop
Length66:02
Label
Producer
Singles from Nas & Ill Will Records Presents QB's Finest
  1. "Da Bridge 2001"
    Released: 2000
  2. "Oochie Wally"
    Released: January 6, 2001
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic2/5 stars[2]

The album also featured guest appearances from Queensbridge's hip hop legends Roxanne Shanté, MC Shan and Marley Marl, both of whom appeared on the lead single "Da Bridge 2001" (based on MC Shan's and Marley Marl's 1986 classic "The Bridge"). "Da Bridge 2001" also featured a response from Nas to Memphis Bleek, in which Nas calls out most of the Roc-A-Fella Records roster, including Memphis Bleek, Damon Dash, Beanie Sigel and Jay-Z. The album's biggest hit single was "Oochie Wally", a club anthem recorded by the Bravehearts.

Track listingEdit

No.TitleProducer(s)Length
1."Intro" (performed by Bravehearts)L.E.S.2:03
2."Da Bridge 2001" (performed by Capone, Cormega, Marley Marl, MC Shan, Millennium Thug, Mobb Deep, Nas, Nature and Tragedy Khadafi)4:32
3."We Live This" (performed by Big Noyd, Havoc and Roxanne Shanté)Havoc4:08
4."Real Niggas" (performed by Nas and Ruc)L.E.S.4:39
5."Find Ya Wealth" (performed by Nas)L.E.S.3:40
6."Straight Outta Q.B." (performed by Cormega, Jungle and Blaq Poet)L.E.S.3:55
7."Oochie Wally" (remix) (performed by Nas and Bravehearts)Ez Elpee4:00
8."Our Way" (performed by Capone-N-Noreaga and Imam Thug)Scott Storch4:47
9."Fire" (performed by Nature)L.E.S.3:39
10."Power Rap" (freestyle interlude) (performed by Prodigy)Havoc2:30
11."Street Glory" (performed by Nas and Pop)L.E.S.3:30
12."We Break Bread" (performed by Chaos, Craig G, Littles and Lord Black)L.E.S.4:43
13."Money" (performed by Mr. Challish)The Alchemist4:03
14."Self Conscience" (performed by Nas and Prodigy)The Infinite Arkatechz3:15
15."Die 4" (performed by Infamous Mobb)Plain Truth4:01
16."Kids in Da P.J.'s" (performed by Millennium Thug, Nas and Bravehearts)The Infinite Arkatechz4:35
17."Teenage Thug" (bonus track) (performed by Millennium Thug and Nas)Al West4:02
Total length:66:02

Though numbered correctly in the liner notes, the original compact disc pressing erroneously combined tracks one and two during mastering, throwing off the count for the rest of the tracks by one number (i.e., "We Live This" is track two, "Real Niggas" is track three, and so on). Later, corrected masters feature the "Oochie Wally" remix (which features Nas in addition to the Bravehearts) in place of the original.

SamplesEdit

  • "Da Bridge 2001" contains a sample from "The Bridge" by MC Shan
  • "Find Ya Wealth" contains a sample from "Solstice" by Brian Bennett
  • "Straight Outta Q.B." contains a sample from "Straight Outta Compton" by N.W.A. Cormega's verse contains many recycled lyrics from Ice Cube's verse on the original song.
  • "Oochie Wally" contains a sample from "Bambooji" by Gong
  • "Street Glory" contains a sample from "Once Upon A Time" by Donna Summer
  • "Money" contains a sample from the theme song of Phantasm by Fred Myrow
  • "Self Conscience" contains a sample from The Exorcist theme
  • "Die 4" contains a sample from Halloween theme
  • "Kids In Da PJ's contains a sample from "The Gathering" by Chris Spheeris

Album chart positionsEdit

Chart (2001) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[3] 53
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[4] 10

Singles chart positionsEdit

Year Song Chart positions
Billboard Hot 100 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks Hot Rap Singles Rhythmic Top 40 Top 40 Tracks
2001 Da Bridge 2001 - - #17 - -
2001 Oochie Wally #26 #11 #2 #6 #36

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Conaway, Matt. "Nas / QB Finest - Nas & Ill Will Records Presents: QB Finest". AllMusic. Retrieved December 26, 2015.
  2. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000447255
  3. ^ "QB-Finest Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved April 13, 2018.
  4. ^ "QB-Finest Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved April 13, 2018.

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