(AllHipHop News) The epic battle between Jay Z and Nas will undoubtedly go down in Hip Hop history as one the culture’s greatest lyrical rivalries. While most fans know about the classic diss tracks “Takeover” and “Ether,” many may not be aware the entire situation was sparked by Jay’s right-hand man Memphis Bleek.
Bleek spoke with VladTV about the Jay-Nas battle. According to the Brooklyn rapper, he mistakenly took lines from Nas as shots at him, and his decision to respond caused everything to explode after that.
“I started that drama. I felt like I got my big homie in some s**t,” says Bleek. “Nas had did a freestyle on the [DJ] Clue tape, and my homie hit me like, ‘Yo, Nas getting at you on this joint.'”
That perceived diss led to his own song “Mind Right” going at Nas. The Queensbridge emcee then responded with another freestyle calling out the entire Roc-A-Fella crew which brought Jay into the fray.
While Bleek accepts the blame for launching the feud on wax, he believes Jay’s “Takeover” was a better record than “Ether.” When Vlad points out that he and Schoolboy Q have publicly stated they enjoyed “Takeover” more than “Ether,” Bleek agrees.
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“Anybody that listens to facts would. ‘Ether’… I’m not going to say it was a bad record. It was dope, but all that s**t was just fake s**t,” states Bleek. “He didn’t say no facts in that song. That’s why I can’t hold it up there against ‘Takeover.’ ‘Takeover’ was factual.”
The longtime Jay Z associate does acknowledge his opinion on the matter is biased.
“You think you’re going to really get me to be like Nas killed my big homie. I don’t give a f**k if he did. You ain’t never going to hear that from my mouth,” adds Bleek.