The rivalry between Jay-Z and Nas that brewed in the early ’00s is one of the most well-documented beefs in hip-hop history. The feud, stemming from everything from who will take the “King of New York” crown to Hov claiming he slept with Nas’ baby mama, spawned such classic diss tracks like “Takeover” (from Jay’s magnum opus The Blueprint) and “Ether” (which landed on Mr. Jones’ comeback LP Stillmatic).
Hot 97’s Summer Jam should have a guilty conscience in all of this. We all know about how the Jigga man humiliated Prodigy of Mobb Deep (who also found themselves in the firing line on “Takeover”) in 2001 when he blew up a picture of a young P in his finest leotard and a sparkling jacket dancing attire on the Summer Jam screen, but as it turns out, Nas was plotting to ether Jay on a whole ‘nother level at the concert the following year.
As we see in the clip below, the Queensbridge emcee had a top-spec effigy of Jay-Z – complete with mechanical movements – built, that was intended to be “hanged” in front of thousands on the Summer Jam stage. The producers subsequently nixed the spectacle (hip-hop is for the kids, remember) which, in hindsight, was probably for the best. Nevertheless, it’s pretty cool watching the thing being built.
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