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What is a Jayter, you ask? Its someone of some importance who for some reason or another can not fathom the thought of Jay-Z succeeding without acknowledging them.
You dont make it to the top of the rap mountain and not expect an avalanche of naysayers to scream and yell for your demise on the top. But the common bond with most of the Jayters on this list is that they not only had some sort of relationship with Jay at one point or another, but all impatiently await for some sort of full blown reaction from the abnormally calm Jay, which doesnt seem to happen too often or does it? Here now are the top Jayters along with Jigga Mans reaction (or non reaction) on wax.
10. That dude that rolled with Jay is his early days.
We dont remember his name either, but we do recall him being the one challenger allegedly had dirt on Jay from his early days as a pharmaceutical entrepreneur and and threatened to expose him. What he didnt have was merit to his claim that uh well we dont know exactly what he was complaining about, but it may have something to do with Jay not giving him a bit of chee$e to go with his wine.
Reaction: No Hook off American Gangster
9. Fat Joe
While it was never officially taken to wax, it was no secret that these two kings of their respective boroughs with drug dealer pasts never really liked one other. Since Jays ascension to the top in the late 90s, Joe has thrown many a shot, most notable on King Of NY off the J.O.S.E album. The early tension came to a head in 1999 when both Roc-A-Fella and Terror Squad crews clashed at New York Citys Club Exit over what witnesses say was the last hot wing on the plate. The incident left one rapper with a bottle over his head, another one with a career in life-support and a tip-less waiter.
Reaction: He Asked For It (Unreleased)
8. 50 Cent:
Who doesnt 50 (conveniently) throw shots at? Yet, this one seems to border on genuine resentment between two multi-millionaire MCs from New York and 50 just being bored and up for a new challenge. What started off as one line on the classic How to Rob, has accumulated to 10 years of passive aggressive tension that in 2009 finds 50 playing Don King to Beanie Segals Mike Tyson in hopes of getting Jay to, for once, react.
Reaction: Its Hot
7. Dame Dash
Everyone knows this one. All Jay wanted was the masters to his first born, Reasonable Doubt. Dame says no. Jay takes a corporate raid-type ownership of Roc-A-Fella and Dame again says no, but in a villain-falling-down-a-bottom-less-pit sort of way. What was looked at by many as a shrewd business move was seen by Dame and his loyalists as sneaky move by Jay to separate himself from the guys who helped him build the Roc. The end result: One of the best executives of his generation is left without a purpose and the other went on to marry Beyonce and become close friends with the President of the United States and part owner a of major basketball franchise and a clothing brand that rakes in millions of dollars a year and successful sports bar franchise in 3 major cities and you get it, right?
Reaction: Lost One off Kingdom Come
6. CamRon/Dip Set
When Dame brought Cam on board the Roc-A-Fella ship in 2001 , the house that Jay and Dame built was sailing to dominance as the premier label in rap. When Dame made Cam co-captain many on the ship, including Jay, felt a bit sea sick and thats when shit went over board. Since the break-up of Dame and Jay, the Dip Set cronies have been the vocal pieces for Dames frustration as Cam, Jim and a somewhat reluctant Juelz play hot potato with jabs at Jay.
Reaction: Dig a Hole off Kingdom Come
5. Tupac Shakur
It seemed that by 1996, a relatively unknown Jay-Z was the heir apparent the late Notorious B.I.Gs throne. With Mr. Wallace being Tupacs nemesis this prompted Shakur to act on the age old principal: oh, you with him? Fuck you too! The alpha and omega of Pacs tirade was heard on the Machiavelli album and would be used 10 years later as an intro for Nas Ether. Fortunately for Jay, Pac would succumb to gunshot wounds before Jay had a chance to run retaliate.
Reaction: 03 Bonnie & Clyde
Seems Prodigy was growing a little tired of Jays rise to the top as New Yorks numero uno ambassador, so he began pelting the throne with various freestyles and unreleased ditties from the Mobbs vast catalogue of aggressive tunes.
Reaction: The Take Over off The Blueprint
Something happened between student and mentor that still goes unexplained till this day. What we do know is that Jaz revisits his saltiness at least once a year via interviews on the internet; turning his opinions on Jay into a viral pity party that has yet to benefit Jaz-Os plight as a producer, rapper or relevant hip-hop figure in 2010.
Single white female is the way Jay has described The Games sycophantic approach to attacking him. The Game seemed to admire Jay so much that he began to kind of hate him. This emotional imbalance then lead to Games not-so-subliminal shots spanning from first album to My Bitch, an unreleased gem left on the Doctors AdvocateIm So Wavy . cutting room floor. The most recent reach for attention being the less-than-stellar-waste-of-time,
Reaction: Hot 97 Can I Live Freestyle (2007)
How did Jays right hand capo, destroyer of Hova haters and one of the most feared MCs on the planet become the numero uno Jayter? A mixture of business and cough syrup. It seems the NyQuil, along with Beans tendency to shoot it out with other human beings at any given moment, made him a liability to the business minded Hov, who at one point had the chance to let Beans be someones elses case, but whos ego could not allow 50 Cent to be that someone. Unlike previous Jayters, the Beanie debacle possess somewhat of challenge for Mr. Carter. Beans will not stop until Jay-Z responds and Jays lack of response is kind of making Beans upset, which then spawns more Beans attacks at an alarming rate.
Reaction: While Jay has yet to respond, we think the songs like Thank You and Already Home may have struck a nerve on Beans and led to his campaign.
Note: Nas does not make this list because the resentment was mutual on both ends and was handled appropriately. Boo-yow!
Double Note: Sauce Money, despite being left behind early, never managed to get tangled up in Roc fuckery. Kudos! [Source]