Beyoncé and JAY-Z's album was released on June 16, just one day after Nas dropped his long-awaited return with Nasir. If you are up on your history of beef in hip-hop, you'll know that JAY-Z and Nas have gone at it back in the day. According to Hot New Hip Hop, though, sources close to Nas say that he is not upset about the Carter dropping an album right after his.
50 Cent has other opinions.
"That was fucked up what they did to Nas," 50 said to DJ Whoo Kid in an interview. He looked at the camera and said, "That's fucked up. I know what you did to Nas, Jay."
Through laughter, the rapper explained, "This nigga still slapping him without everybody noticing . . . Why the fuck you do that man? I'd be saying fuck that, do whatever I want to do, and they be looking at me like I'm grimy for doing that. This nigga be super quiet, he be doing some real grimy shit . . . He just got a different way for doing things."
While talking (and giggling), 50 moved a bottle of his new champagne on a table, slamming it slightly to emphasize his points.
Yes, the two albums did come out in the same weekend, but Nasir did reach in the top 10 of the Billboard chart.