In 1998, a remix titled "We Be Ballin'" was produced, featuring Shaquille O'Neal (spoken intro + verses) and Michael Jackson (on chorus). This remix was to be released on an NBA compilation album scheduled for the end of 1997 and was also going to be featured in commercials for NBA's "I Love This Game" campaign. Michael Jackson was brought on this project by Shaquille O'Neal who had previously guest-starred on the track "2 Bad" on Jackson's album HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I (1995). The entire project was finally shelved due to the player-initiated strike against the league that year. Unlike We Be Clubbin', the song features no vulgar language.