"Classic (Better Than I've Ever Been)" is Grammy nominated collaboration song between Kanye West, Nas, Rakim and KRS-One that is co-produced by Rick Rubin and DJ Premier. The song was released as a single on February 20, 2007 by Nike Records. It was performed live at the Nike Air Force Ones 25th anniversary party shown on MTV2.
Its remix, "Better Than I've Ever Been DJ Premier Remix", is produced by DJ Premier, and it features Rakim along with the aforementioned rappers. It features DJ Premier's signature scratches from prior songs such as Nas' "One Love" and "It Ain't Hard to Tell". The song was nominated for Best Rap Collaboration at the 50th Grammy Awards in 2008. Common was featured on the remix, scratched on the DJ Premier version. Kanye West is not featured on the DJ Premier Remix.
Proceeds from the song's sales will go towards youth leadership programs through the Force4Change Fund.
- "Better Than I've Ever Been" (Explicit)
- "Better Than I've Ever Been" (Instrumental)
- "Better Than I've Ever Been" (Explicit Acapella)
- "Classic" (DJ Premier Remix) (featuring Nas, KRS-One and Rakim) (Edited Version)
- "Classic" (DJ Premier Remix) (Instrumental)
The original beat by Rick Rubin samples the song "Give Me the Night", performed by George Benson, off his Give Me the Night album.
DJ Premier's remix contains samples from "Dance the Kung-Fu" by Carl Douglas.