“The Mess-age” instantly reminds you of that nostalgic Sting sample Nas used in “It was written” many years ago. Tho the guitar rifts are different, it lends itself to that same feeling which is what Dax thought when he first heard the beat. “Quickly I heard the Nas verse in my head and started to formulate ways to play with his brilliant word play and rhyme scheme. It was one of my favorite songs as a teenager and I wanted to honor that.” With some Al Pacino “Scarface” samples in the mix and in closing, the track has a cinematic texture that takes you back to that Golden Era.