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AZ Shares The Stories Behind 15 Of His Best Verses

“Gimme Yours” – Verse Two

Album: Doe Or Die (1995)

AZ: “So in God I trust, I lust for a 850-deluxe/And until I touch a million-plus, ain’t much to discuss/Diamonds and double-digits, Gianni Versace…” That was just me growing. Even though both of them songs was on the same album, it was in the process of me starting an album, being that “Uncut” was first and then “Gimme Yours” came down the line. It was like, “Okay, I got me a check now from the record company. I’m on tour.” You know what I mean? And I am growing. I see myself touching that million. Until then, that’s my goal. My whole focus is now until this game. You can just see me in a whole another zone. That’s why I was like, “Gimme me what you can.” I just want it all now. Now, I want it because I am in a position to get it. That was my zone.

When [me and Nas] are in the studio, we get into different zones. At that time–like I said, once again–that energy. People in the studio and their zones. When you are experimenting, art is art. There’s no right way. There’s no right sonic sound or no right way to do it. It sounded good [when Nas sang the hook] in the studio. That’s why I kept it. Me and him was in tune at the time, so I relate to what he was saying. Like, “Yo, we want it all.” We chilling while we on this road because of where we came from and we put ourselves in this position now. Now there’s no looking back.

“Life’s a performance so players play with endurance/Cost for more cents, any villain’s willing to get more intense…” Meaning stay on your job, stay focus, stay doing what you are doing. At any given minute, someone else is ready to do what you ain’t willing to do to get where they got to go.

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