Nas recently chopped it up with following his recent cover story, breaking down his sophomore album It Was Written and giving anecdotes on every track from the project.

During his interview for the feature, Esco spoke on recording with Lauryn Hill for “If I Ruled The World (Imagine That)” and revealed that he was originally supposed to be on her classic debut The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.

“I was supposed to be on the The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill album but I was caught up with whatever and I never made it to the sessions. That’s one of my greatest regrets with music,” he said. “I was getting the calls to come rap on the album and something was always happening at the time when I got the call. Lisa Ellis of Sony always used to tell me, ‘Man you fucked up, you’re supposed to be on that album.’”

He said that his relationship with Hill, who is celebrating her 37th birthday today, was deeper than music.

“Me and Lauryn were musical peers, we were brother and sister. We looked out and did the thing. [The Fugees] were on tour in Europe so she took the Concorde from London and flew back. We shot the video in Times Square.”

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