(AllHipHop Rumors) Oh snap! This is crazy! All these years we thought the Jay-Z / Nas beef was over a woman. Do you all remember E-Money Bags!? Due wDas official in the streets and he was not to be played with. For a lot of us, like myself, we mostly know him as a shadowy dude that eventually emerged as a rapper with close times to some big names like Nas. As a queens street legend, he had major pull. He also had major beef. He was murdered in 2001 in a drive-by shooting in Queens. Before all that, he had an issue with Jay-Z.
The video you will see below explains the whole beef, but I will write out some cliffs for you all that may not be able to watch it. E Money Bags finds out that there is a rapper close to Jay-Z named H Money Bags. They say H Money Bags was really down with Memphis Bleek, but that's neither here nor there as it relates to Big E. He wanted Jay-Z to make the dude change his name and that's that! Well, that didn't happen and I think Jay had to maintain his position off GP outwardly. Inwardly, I believe he had to fix the problem, because there were some serious street issues that could have come out of it. E Money Bags was a straight goon. In the video below, they explain that E Money Bags went on the diss Jay-Z for a whole year after dude did not change his name. Jay didn't reply at all which is why a lot of people didn't know about this beef. E tried to get Nas to talk some sense into Jay. And seems like Prodigy tried to talk to him too, also to no avail. It seems like it was at this point that Jay set his scope on these two and then happened the infamous diss at Summer Jam. Up until that point, Nas was actually neutral. I don't think Jay wanted to deal with E Money Bags, but he was definitely down for a rap battle with the whole Queens! LOL!! Peep this.
I don't know if you all remember the name Curtis Scoon (Street dude turned producers, journalists and was falsely accused of killing Jam Master Jay) , but he says he tried to quell the beef to know avail. More importantly, he co-signs this account almost word for word but from the OTHER SIDE (Jay-Z's side, not the Nas side). (Don't mind the grammar.)
"When E was mad about Jay having a artist on his Roster with the "Money Bags" name and called into hot 97 and let jay know how he felt about the situation, Jay acted calm and secure on the air by simply telling E that he didnt respect what he was doing, but a few days after there conversation on Hot97 jay called me and ask me to talk to E money bags and try to somehow be the middle man in a truce, Jay said that since there Hot97 encounter he had been getting threating phone calls and even had a death threat left on the front door of his private home, I talked to E and he confessed to calling Jay a couple of times but said he wasnt threatening him and that there beef wasnt that serious he just wanted the Guy to quit using his name. So i called Jay and let him know that E said he wasnt really sweating the situation but all Jay kept saying was "that sneaky nigga gone try something, that sneaky nigga gone try something" Jay was afraid to go out in Public, i was shocked at how afraid He (Jay z) Was, E had Jay afraid to leave his House, I remember thinking that there had to be something Bigger than a Mc Name involved in all of that"---Curtis Scoon
So glad Nas and Jay are more like this now: