New York rapper Nas is letting bygones be bygones. The hip-hop veteran has come forward to reflect on taking part in one of the most unforgettable rap battles – ever – back in the early 2000’s with former rap rival JAY-Z.
Nas Speaks On JAY-Z Feud
In a new interview, Nas says he was honored to be a part of their battle. He dished out some words on how feuding pops up in hip-hop and gave props to the genre for its competitiveness.
“The art of emceeing was right there on full display. It was like, if you’re in the rap game, this could happen, a battle. It was like, ‘This rap thing is real. A battle could really happen.’ So I was honored to have that part of my life happen because that’s how I saw the greats do it coming up. I saw some of the greats do it. Again, it’s about the art of emceeing. And when you’re trying to make the best stuff you can make, and you bump heads with another MC, and then you guys have a war or whatever, that’s what this art form was since the beginning; since Double Trouble and Busy Bee and Kool Moe Dee. But that’s what I like about hip-hop compared to other genres is that, they go at it in hip-hop. You know, like, really at it. Not to say that other rockers didn’t go at it, other reggae artists didn’t go at it, other crooner didn’t go at it, but Hip-hop will always be around because of how competitive it is.”
The Unforgettable Battle Records
Both Nas and JAY dropped some of the most memorable battle records – ever – during their dispute. Young Hov appeared to strike first with his “Takeover” anthem going at both Nas and rap crew Mobb Deep just weeks before God’s Son dropped his game-changing “Ether” battle response.
“Ether” arrived following JAY’s hard-hitting “Takeover” classic.
Beyoncé Smiling Behind JAY-Z Is Priceless
Outside of the rap reflections, music moguls Jay and his wife Beyoncé are a match made in heaven. A pic recently went viral showing Queen Bey stealing the camera’s attention smiling with Young Hov in the background.The must-see shot doesn’t have a time stamp on it but appears it could have come from pre-coronavirus times. No one one the shot is rocking a face mask but Bey is shown holding onto a bunch of pink outfits while smiling.
“Whatever she lacks, Im right over her shoulder 🤞🏾👑💎”
Beyoncé’s Drip 2 Black Pack
In November 2020, Queen Bey went to her Instagram page to deliver some must-see pics. The shots featured her donning a variety of all-black outfits from her signature Adidas Ivy Park Drip 2 collection.
“Drip 2: Black Pack US Adidas.com Nov 17 / Global Adidas.com Nov 18 / In-store Nov 19 #adidasxIVYPARK #ThisIsMyPark” -Beyoncé’s Instagram