The World Is Yours (Nas song)

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"The World Is Yours"
Single by Nas featuring Pete Rock
from the album Illmatic
Released May 31, 1994 (1994-05-31)
Format 12" single
Recorded 1992
Genre East Coast hip hop, jazz rap, new jack swing
Length 4:51
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Nasir Jones, Peter Phillips
Producer(s) Pete Rock
Nas chronology
"It Ain't Hard to Tell"
"The World Is Yours"
"One Love"
Illmatic track listing
"Life's a Bitch"
"The World Is Yours"
The song provides one of Illmatic's more optimistic narratives and contains a sample of Ahmad Jamal's "I Love Music" (1970).[1]

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"The World Is Yours" is a 1994 song by rapper Nas. 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; ranked it seventh greatest rap song of all time.[2] 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.


Songs that have sampled "The World Is Yours" include:

Jay-Z's sample on his song "Dead Presidents", using one of Nas's lines ("I'm out for dead 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.

Soundtrack appearances[edit]

The song was featured in the video games Tony Hawk's Underground and NBA 2K13. It can also be heard in a scene in the film Antwone Fisher, and appears on the soundtrack for the film The Wackness. The song is also played in the film Dope.

Other cultural references[edit]

"The World Is Yours" was mentioned by Nas in his later songs "Got Ur Self A..." and "Firm Biz".

Single track listing[edit]


  1. "The World Is Yours" (4:51)
  2. "The World Is Yours" (Instrumental) (4:51)


  1. "The World Is Yours" (Tip Mix) (4:29)
  2. "The World Is Yours" (Tip Mix Instrumental) (4:30)


Chart (1994) Peak
U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles[3] 14
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[4] 67
U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Tracks[5] 27


  1. ^ MVRemix: Illmatic. MVRemix Media. Retrieved on 2009-02-14.
  2. ^ Top 100 Rap Songs (1-10) at
  3. ^ "Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles - The World Is Yours - NAS". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved 2009-01-24. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs - The World Is Yours - NAS". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved 2009-01-24. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Hot Rap Singles - The World Is Yours - NAS". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. Archived from the original on May 25, 2014. Retrieved 2009-01-24. 

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