Date: February 2004
What happened? After Jay-Z dropped The Black Album in November 2003 and “retired,” Wayne got opportunistic and jumped on a bunch of the album’s instrumentals. Of The Prefix’s 13 tracks, nine of them were freestyles over Jay-Z songs.
Complex says: On The Prefix, it’s unclear whether Wayne was trying to body Jay on his own shit or if he was simply paying some homage. But it definitely felt like Wayne was gunning for Jay’s spot at the top of the mountain.