An explosion is bound to happen when two heavyweights collide; the Nas vs. Jay-Z feud has become a permanent chapter of hip-hop history. Most fans believe that the storied hip-hop beef evaporated from a series of events in the mid-1990s, following the release of Jay’s debut album Reasonable Doubt and Nas’ sophomore effort, It Was Written. However, the year 2001 when the feud reached its boiling point when Jay-Z took a shot at Nas in his “Takeover” diss track. Nas, of course, gave it back with the brutal diss “Ether.”
After continuing to exchange disses over the next several years, Nas and Jay publicly ended their feud in 2005 during the ‘I Declare War’ Tour. The historic moment took place at the Continental Airlines Arena, where Nas joined Jay on stage and shook hands as a sign of respect.
Nas gave his perspective on the hip-hop battle during a recent interview on Rick Rubin’s Broken Records podcast, citing he was “honored” to have been a part of such a legendary beef is remembered to date.
“The art of emceeing was right there on full display,” Nas told Rubin. “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.”
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