jay z - "takeover" / by Zack Free

the clear winner of the nas/jay beef, in my opinion. “ether” and “takeover” are similar in many ways - for example, they both host brilliant production work by up and coming producers (ron brows on the former, and a starving kanye west on the latter), they both feature some of the most blush-inducing jabs in the history of hip hop, and they both rely on lethal amounts of hyper-masculinity. however, while “ether” comes across as a disappointing display of overcompensation, jay is sitting on the top of the world here. these are some of the best lines of his career, all tightly wound into one of the greatest diss tracks ever crafted. plus, the “fame” interpolation is hilarious

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