Produced By: Large Professor
Label: Ill Will/Columbia
Right or wrong, the subliminal dis is a major tool in a rapper's arsenal. The secretive language in which MCs can speak to each other drives rap fans to spend hours decoding lyrics, trying to find the hidden meaning. The Nas vs. Jay-Z fued was waged largely on an indirect level, finally exploding at Hot 97's Summer Jam in '01.
But all the way through the back-and-forth bickering, there were solid records like "You're Da Man," not-so-friendly reminders (if you listened carefully) that things weren't cool. "I hold cannons that shoot balls of flames right in they fat mouth" and "Soon as I popped my first bottle I spotted my enemies tryin' do what I do/Came in with my style, so I fathered you" go right at Jay Hova. ("Fame went to they head, so now it's 'Fuck Nas'" could also be a reference to Cormega.) Today, recordings like these are historical documents that tell the tale of one hip-hop's greatest wars.