After dissing and albums sales wars, peace was made
On October 27, 2005 New York rappers Jay Z and Nas put an end to their longtime battle onstage during New York radio station Power 105.1’s Power House concert.
It was one of the most famous beef in hip-hop history. For almost a decade this lyrical battle has been holding all of us in suspense.
Then, it ended in triumph when Nas made an unexpected appearance during Jay Z performance at his concert ironically entitled “I Declare War”.
It all begun with “The City Is Mine” (In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 Album 1997), when Jay Z claimed the vacant throne left by B.I.G.
After some rhymes, sparks, back-and-forth, in 2001 Jay Z recorded "Takeover" (The Blueprint Album), is a clear diss track aimed at rappers Nas and Prodigy of Mobb Deep.
Here it’s all about albums sales:
“No, you’re not on my level, get your brakes tweaked I sold what your whole album sold in my first week! You guys don’t want it with Hov Ask Nas, he don’t want it with Hov, nooooo!”
“Takeover” lead to “Ether” (Stillmatic Album 2001), a stream of insults from Nas to Jay Z:
“When these streets keep calling, heard it when I was sleep That this Gay-Z and Cock-A-Fella Records wanted beef Started cocking up my weapon, slowly loading up this ammo To explode it on a camel, and his soldiers, I can handle This for dolo and it’s manuscript, just sound stupid When KRS already made an album called Blueprint First, Biggie’s your man, then you got the nerve to say that you better than Big Dick sucking lips, why not you let the late, great veteran live?!”
Thankfully, one of the greatest hip-hop battles, after B.I.G. vs Tupac, ended in peace 11 years ago.