Although this b-side is technically considered a remix, it has nothing in common with the original “Me Or The Papes”, beyond sharing a similar title. The album cut is an upbeat, anti-gold-digger sequel to The Sun Rises In The East’s“Da Bichez”, while “Me, Not The Paper” is a heavy and ominous semi-autobiographical track along the keep-it-real lines of “Tha Bullshit” and “Ya Playin’ Yaself”. Like many of us in 1997, Jeru wasn’t too fond of hip hop’s shiny suits and fake drug dealers.
For his part, DJ Premier crafted one of his slowest, most somber tracks for the airing of Jeru’s grievances. The looming piano loop and booming baps (that’s right) mesh well with the weight of The Damaja’s words. This would unfortunately be one of their last collaborations, as Jeru parted ways with Premier and the Gang Starr Foundation shortly thereafter.