On this track, Gil Scott-Heron and Nas drop what Pitchfork calls â€œBasically the opposite of "Empire State of Mind"". Now, keep in mind that this is a remix that Nas did of Gilâ€™s track, but the result is something that has a strong juxtaposition. Scott-Heronâ€™s gravely tone sounds pained and laboured, really convincingly sounding like heâ€™s feeling burned out.
â€œOh the doctor donâ€™t know, but New York is Killing meâ€. â€“ Gil Scott-Heron
Nasâ€™ verses are intriguing. He focuses mainly on the fast-pace of NYC and the fact that the ladies of NY are â€œwolves in sheepâ€™s clothing.â€ Without a doubt, Gil owns this track and his performance is incredible. But itâ€™s nice to see his old-time style contrasted with Nasâ€™ younger, faster flow. Itâ€™s a collabo that works nicely.