Before mogul Shawn Corey ‘Jay-Z’ Carter ascended the throne, he was embroiled in a music battle that left an indelible impact on hip-hop.
It began the summer of 2001 when Jay-Z threw the first punch during Hot 97 Radio’s Summer Jam concert. Nas replied with a freestyle over “Paid In Full” by Eric B. & Rakim.
Coincidentally the first official diss track “Takeover” would be released on September 11th, 2001. Nas later replied with his song “Ether” which he cleverly dropped on December 4th that year, which happened to be Jay-Z’s birthday.
The beef had the hip-hop scene in New York captivated, including its radio stations which got involved in choosing sides.
New York natives Devin Ebanks, Lamar Odom, and Metta World-Peace gave their opinions on who they thought won the epic dual.