Target: Jay-Z Producer: Ron Browz Album: Stillmatic Label: Ill Will/Columbia
CROSSED THE LINESQUASHEDWOMEN AND CHILDREN
Best Line: "Eminem murdered you on your own shit/You's a dickridin' faggot/You love the attention."
After Jay-Z dropped "Takeover," a sleeping giant was awoken in Nas, giving God's Son the kick in the ass he needed to get his career back on track. Where "Takeover" was prepared like a finely written essay, "Ether" was more like a lunchroom taunt.
After the classic "Fuck Jay-Z" vocal sample, a far more vile Nas went in, calling Jay-Z a camel, accusing "Gay-Z" of being a Nas stan, and questioning Hov on his overuse of recycled B.I.G. lyrics. So vicious was the attack that "ether" has now become a verb in the hip-hop lexicon, and the song was arguably the launching pad Nas used to revive his at-the-time waning influence.