Lately, I've been listening to a ton of artists like Raekwon, Big L, Ghostface, Pusha T, and Shyheim - those artists may have been a minor influence on this track in certain areas.
I will fully admit having been listening to a ton of music by those artists as of late, it has definitely encouraged certain parts of this track.
Like with all I do, however, I try to add my own flavor to things. The drums are clearly influenced by early 90s hip-hop, at least in certain areas... Maybe some of the key and string arrangements as well - although, I feel as by and large it isn't something you'd have heard bumping back in the 90s.
I suppose at some point I should find some people to just rap over some of the stuff I've made over the years - I feel as if that would be an incredibly awesome thing for me.