1. Jay-Z vs. Nas
Before the Def Jam deal. Before the Power 105 lovefest. Before the colossal collaborations, Nas and Jay-Z were die-hard rivals. There are many theories on why Jay-Z and Nas suddenly found themselves embroiled in one of the most memorable feuds in music history.
Was Nas jealous of Jay’s commercial exploits? Did Jay dis Nas’ baby mama on “Is That Your Chick”? The two New York giants traded insults for years and came short of challenging each other to a lyrical duel on HBO.
The quest for supremacy gave rise to two of the greatest battle tracks in history: Jay-Z’s “Takeover” and Nas’ “Ether.” Thanks to Kanye’s hard-hitting drums, “Takeover” was musically superior to “Ether,” but Nas was lyrically superior to Jay.
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