Classic (Better Than I've Ever Been)

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"Classic (Better Than I've Ever Been)"
Single by Kanye West, Nas, KRS-One (and Rakim on the remix)
Released February 20, 2007
Recorded 2007
Genre Hip hop
Length 4:07
4:42 (DJ Premier Remix)
Label Nike
Kanye West singles chronology
"Drive Slow"
(2006) Drive Slow2006
"Classic (Better Than I've Ever Been)"
(2007) Classic (Better Than I've Ever Been)2007
"Can't Tell Me Nothing"
(2007) Can't Tell Me Nothing2007
Nas singles chronology
"Can't Forget About You"
(2007) Can't Forget About You2007
"Classic (Better Than I've Ever Been)"
(2007) Classic (Better Than I've Ever Been)2007
"Less Than an Hour"
(2007) Less Than an Hour2007
KRS-One singles chronology
"My Life"
(2006) My Life2006
"Classic (Better Than I've Ever Been)"
(2007) Classic (Better Than I've Ever Been)2007
"Hip Hop Lives"
(2007) Hip Hop Lives2007

"Classic (Better Than I've Ever Been)" is Grammy-nominated collaboration song between Kanye West, Nas, KRS-One and that is co-produced by Rick Rubin and DJ Premier. The song was released as a single on February 20, 2007 by Nike Records, it was performed live at the Nike Air Force Ones 25th anniversary party shown on MTV2.

Its remix, "Better Than I've Ever Been DJ Premier Remix", is produced by DJ Premier, and it features Rakim along with the aforementioned rappers. It features DJ Premier's signature scratches from prior songs such as Nas' "One Love" and "It Ain't Hard to Tell". The song was nominated for Best Rap Collaboration at the 50th Grammy Awards in 2008.

Proceeds from the song's sales go towards youth leadership programs through the Force4Change Fund.

The song is often misinterpreted as a DJ Premier track featuring Rakim, Nas and KRS-ONE and excluding Kanye West, this is due to a popular upload of the music video on YouTube where DJ Premier is credited as the artist and Kanye West's opening verse is removed from the video.[1]

Track listing[edit]

Side A: “Better Than I’ve Ever Been” (prod. Rick Rubin) featuring Kanye West, Nas, and KRS-One – full song – instrumental – a cappella

Side B: “Classic (Better Than I’ve Ever Been DJ Premier Remix)” featuring Kanye West, Nas, KRS-One, and Rakim – full song – instrumental – a cappella

Music video[edit]

Music Video for Classic (Better Than I've Ever Been) can be found in citation. [2]


The original beat by Rick Rubin samples the song "Give Me the Night", performed by George Benson, off his Give Me the Night album.

DJ Premier's remix contains samples from "Dance the Kung-Fu" by Carl Douglas.


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