Jay Z Wrote Letter To The Doors Drummer To Save “Takeover”

“I know who I paid, dawg, Searchlight Publishing”

(AllHipHop News) Jay Z did not have to pay Nas a dime to use the vocal sample from Nas’ “The World Is Yours” on the chorus of “Dead Presidents II” and let him know that on “Takeover”. Ironically, before the world got to hear this verbal lashing over publishing, Hova himself had to convince The Doors’ drummer John Densmore to be able to clear the sample.

According to Densmore himself in an interview with HuffPost Live, he was apprehensive to the idea of Jay Z sampling The Doors’ “Five To One” song on “Takeover”:

“Hip Hop was just coming on, and I was like, ‘What is this stuff? There’s no melody.”

Jay Z then sent the reluctant drummer a Def Jam T-Shirt as well as a letter pointing out the similarities between Hip Hop and Rock:

“Jay Z wrote me a letter saying, ‘Hey, we’re fighting the authority just like you guys did back then'”

Check below to hear The Doors’ “Five To One” song that was sampled for Jay Z’s “Takeover”:

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21 Responses to “Jay Z Wrote Letter To The Doors Drummer To Save “Takeover””

  1. InTheNightKitchen

    That is so ill, respectful, and personable to do that Jay. Note taken!

    The Og was dope and Kanye redrum’d that sample

      • keepitthoro

        ya cuz Nas dissected the ish outta Ether and literally assaulted Jay on wax “no moustache having with whiskers like a rat” i mean damn

        not to mention he used the man’s own motto at the time to structure his hook and spit back in his face, case and point:

        I… f cuk with your soul like ether
        WILL…..teach you the king you know you
        NOT………. God’s son across the belly
        LOSE…………… i prove you lost already

        his artistry was just on another level that Jay’s Takeover was not.. tho personally, I like both tracks

      • brotha_man

        yeah im in agreement. ether went at jay on all type of levels.

        “…were you abused as a child, scared to smile, they called you ugly?
        well life is hard, hug me, don’t reject me or make records to disrespect me, blatant or indirectly/ in 88 you were getting chased though your building…..

      • Celz

        You’s the fag model for Karl Kani Esco ads/
        Went from Nasty Nas to Esco’s trash/
        Had a spark when you started but now you’re just garbage/
        Fell from “top 10” to “not mentioned at all”/
        To your bodyguard’s “Oochie Wally”‘s verse better than yours//

        Then it gets worse

        So yeah, I sampled your voice, you was using it wrong/
        You made it a hot line, I made it a hot song/
        And you ain’t get a coin, nigga, you was getting fucked then/
        I know who I paid, God – Serchlite publishing/
        Use your (brain)
        You said you’ve been in this 10, I’ve been in it 5 – smarten up, Nas/
        4 albums in 10 years, nigga? I could divide/
        That’s one every…let’s say 2/
        2 of them shits was due/
        1 was “nah,” the other was Illmatic/
        That’s a one-hot-album-every-10-year average/
        And that’s so (lame)
        Nigga, switch up your flow
        Your shit is garbage/
        What you trying to kick, knowledge? (fucc outta hea)//

        That’s not even the whole verse.. Jay literally murdered him hands down..

      • Celz

        Ether was 4 verses Takeover was 1.. So that’s plus 1 for Jay.

        Ether has heat don’t get me wrong a modern day (at the time) Hit em Up, BUT Jay spit more facts, less name calling. That’s 2 for Jay

        Nas just came with fire the song bangs and he got plenty of licks in too.. 1 for Nas

        IMO Jay’s verse did more damage than the 4 verses of Ether. The cockafella this, gay-z that, camel face, dyck suckin lips doesn’t really do anything for me..

        But the real battle of that era for the emcee heads was Jada Kiss vs Beanie Sigel… I remember being in Chicago standing in a parkin lot wit my boys listening to it back to back for like 30 mins..

      • johnblacksad

        Jada & Beans were too serious spitters goin at it!


    • pauleyPee

      I see the artistry argument regarding why people liked “Ether”. But “The Takeover” was so thoroughly precise and factual that it was nearly impossible to out do. My litmus test was the fact that it was a dope verse, by it’s own merit, and also incorporated opinions about Nas that I may had already thought at the time, or had already concluded. So, to me, he carved Nas’ ass up in that battle, although Nas response was one of the best of all-time. And to be clear… Nas is one of my favorite MC’s of all-time. There’s a chord he strikes that will never be struck again when he’s gone.

    • RapItUp

      Thank you for saying this JohnBlack… Nas retaliated w/ an entire 4 verse song for Jay, after the one verse he gave him on Takeover.. Gave him that one verse, but then…. SuperUgly came out… we all know how that played out- “Ya’ll don’t want me to continue!” This fool said we’ll open beer bottles off the boys chipped tooth, bahahaha. Nobody remembers Nas getting that tooth fixed almost IMMEDIATELY after that bar though???? I bought Stillmatic. I bought Blueprint. My late 90’s-early 00’s listeners know what I’m talking about!

      Jay >>> Nas in the battle & war, IMO

  2. LetsBeRealpeople

    Children all you have to do is type “Jay Z stole” in your search engine. You will see that he has some more letter writing to do.

  3. Dan_Tebasco

    Why would he sent him a Def Jam t-shirt in 2001 when that soung was released??? He didn’t became CEO of Def Jame til like 5 years later or something…

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