Producer: Kanye West
Album: The Blueprint
Label: Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam


NYC greats, Nas and Jay-Z, had been entangled in a subliminal war of words for a few years before Jay finally called out God's Son by name at Hot 97's Summer Jam in 2001: “Ask Nas he don't want it with Hov.” This shot prompted Nasty Nas to drop his infamous “Stillmatic” freestyle which stated H to the Izzo was actually an H to the Omo. What Nas didn't know was that Jay had an extended, more intricate diss in the chamber, that set out to discredit and dismantle Nas' career once and for all.

Enter “Takeover,” a Kanye West-produced monster that was more of a well-written essay than a diss song. The cleverly crafted battle raps not only picked apart Nas' shortcomings, but also took shots at Mobb Deep's Prodigy for being, well, short. Although Jay's beef with Prodigy was greatly overshadowed by the battle with Nas, “Takeover” would ignite the greatest hip-hop feud since 2Pac vs. Biggie and fuel the eternal debate as to who won. But for us, there's no debate: “Takeover” is the greatest diss song of all time.

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