Between Nas and JAY-Z, there is no animosity.
The former rivals are still friendly more than 20 years after their historic feud. On “Thun,” a track from his newest album King’s Disease III, Nas revisits their old feud and admits that they can now joke about it.
Nas raps on the Hit-Boy-produced song, “No beef or rivals, they playing ‘Ether’ on TIDAL.” Brothers can do anything when they choose to, as evidenced by the line, “In a Range Rover, analyzing bars from ‘Takeover.'”
Nas even quips that he threatens to rekindle their dispute in a text message to JAY-Z. He laughs, “Sometimes I text Hova like, ‘Ni**a, this ain’t over.'”
When JAY-Z released his Nas slam “Takeover” on The Blueprint in 2001, their feud began. With “Ether” from his album Stillmatic, Nas hit back.
Before making amends in front of a sold-out audience at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey, during JAY-“I Z’s Declare War” tour in October 2005, they continued to trade insults, including Nas’ “Last Real Ni**a Alive” and JAY-“Supa Z’s Ugly.”
JAY-Z proclaimed during the performance, “All that beef trash is done, we had our fun. Let’s obtain this funding.
After putting their disagreement behind them, they worked together on “Black Republican” in 2006 and most recently on “Sorry Not Sorry” on DJ Khaled’s 2021 album Khaled Khaled.
Nas commented about their illustrious conflict in an interview with Rick Rubin’s “Broken Records” podcast from a year ago. It was evident that the art of emceeing was being practiced, he remarked. The battle seemed like something that may occur in the rap game. This rap thing is real, was the feeling. There is a serious possibility of conflict. Considering that’s how I saw the greats do it when they were starting out, I felt honored to have that aspect of my life happen. Some legends I witnessed doing it.
Nas’s third album in the Grammy-winning series he created with Hit-Boy, King’s Disease III, was released on Friday.