Date: September 1, 2009
Best Line: "I mean, Game, I'm his fuckin' idol."
The Game wasted no time taking shots at Hov with lines like "Payback, homie I'm bringin' CA back/And I don't do button up shirts or drive Maybachs," on his first album. The Jay-Z we know today may not have even given it a second thought, but he entertained The Game's jabs, dropping a diss of his own and this venom in an interview with XXL.
In 2009, Jay was on the cusp of transcending hip-hop, and had left a slew of inspired rappers in his wake. Game was one of them. Jay took it a step further, calling himself Game's idol. He explained why the two rappers are not even close to the same level: "It's not in the spirit of competition, because he's not competition for me. He's not. Not then, not ever—he'd have to improve considerably." Game later went on to admit "I pretty much f*cked that up in the beginning of my career."