Produced By: Ron Browz
Label: Ill Will/Columbia
Rap beefs are a dime a dozen, selling at a nickel a pound, but Jay-Z vs. Nas was a rare event pitting upper-echelon MCs in which things got very personal, going as far as involving baby moms and whatnot. With Jigga having ruthlessly attacked Nas' at-the-time waning influence courtesy of a scorching verse on "The Takeover," many wondered if Nas was finished when he served up a prime cut of utter disregard for Hov, starting off with "Fuck Jay-Z" for good measure.
The shit got downright mean with some "super-ugly" talk, like calling Jay a camel and a JJ Evans lookalike. And to demonstrate this conflict was authentic, Nas hit where it hurt the most by questioning Hov's friendship with Biggie: "First, Biggie's ya man, then you got the nerve to say that you better than Big/Dick-suckin' lips, won't you let the late, great veteran live?" This war of words was a war between Gargantuas. Once the dust settled, the memories would be long-lasting—"ethered" was formally introduced into popular-culture slang.