"The World Is Yours" is a 1994 song by rapperNas. It was the third single from his debut album Illmatic, released a month after the album. It is considered by some music critics one of the greatest hip-hop songs ever recorded; About.com ranked it seventh greatest rap song of all time. The song was produced by Pete Rock—who also sings the song's chorus—and samples "I Love Music" by Ahmad Jamal and "It's Yours" by T La Rock. It reached #13 on the Hot Rap Singles chart in 1994.
The song (including the title) and its accompanying video pay homage to the film Scarface. The song also references drug dealer/crime boss Howard "Pappy" Mason. The song also mentions the serial killer of the Texarkana Moonlight Murders, which that went, and still are, unsolved.
A remix of the song was produced by Q-Tip featuring similar but new lyrics; both it and the original were released by Columbia Records as singles, and promoted with music videos.
Jay-Z's sample on his song "Dead Presidents", using one of Nas's lines ("I'm out for presidents to represent me") as the chorus, indirectly led to the Jay-Z vs. Nas feud, after Nas refused to re-record his vocals for the Jay-Z song, or to appear in the accompanying video.