Did Nas Ghostwrite Will Smith's "Gettin' Jiggy Wit' It"?
Nas himself confirmed that he had ghost written for Will Smith. This is what he had to say when he participated in a Reddit AMA Session on April 15, 2014.
“Alright, let’s clear this up once and for all. I hung out with Will in the studio. And watched him write it. It was a fun studio session, and I said a line or two or three to him. It wasn’t that serious. Will Smith wrote that song. But seriously, I watched him have fun making that record on his own, and Will is a true MC,” Nas says.
The actual liner notes from the "Big Willie Style" album confirm that Nas co-wrote two songs in addition to "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It" which he was not credited on. On the track ''Chasing Forever", Nas is credited as 'Nasir Jones' while on "Yes, Yes Y'all" he's apparently credited as just 'Jones'.
Nas also appears as a songwriter on Will Smith's 'Just Cruisin', which was released in 1997 as a single and as part of the "Men In Black: The Album" soundtrack. Nas would also appear on the soundtrack with his own track titled "Escobar '97". It appears from Nas' own comments and from looking at the liner notes that Nas' and Will's camp were really tight around this time. Being that the two shared almost identical production teams on Nas' 1996 ''It Was Written'' and Will Smith's 1997 "Big Wilie Style" with the majority of the tracks on both those albums being produced by either "Trackmasters" (also known as Poke & Tone at the time) or L.E.S. who is Nas' longtime producer and DJ.
It appears that Nas and Will's collaborations are hip-hop's worst kept open secret!