Date: January 2006

Nas and Jay Z didn't just squash their beef in October 2005 and then go their separate ways. Instead, they decided to join forces. Jay was running the show at Def Jam at the time as the President and CEO. And he asked Nas to join him by signing to the legendary rap label. Nas acce[ted his offer and, during a joint MTV interview with Jay a short time later, explained his decision. "At this point of the game, this was inevitable," he said. "What direction is out there for us to follow? At the end of the day, it's bigger than both of us in this rap thing."