The notorious “King Of New York” beef between Jay Z and Nas is a tale as old as time in the hip hop world. Everyone knows the details of it, but few-if any, know that rapper Memphis Bleek is responsible for starting the beef. Bleek recently spoke to VladTV and explained his role in the legendary beef.
“I started that drama so what you mean how I feel about it?” Memphis Bleek said when asked about how he felt about the beginning of the Jay Z/Nas beef. “I felt like I got my big homie in some shit. It’s going down out here in these New York streets.”
“Me and Nas actually never got into nothing,” Memphis Bleek said when asked about the beef’s origin. “It was all that he say, she say shit so Nas did a freestyle on a [DJ Clue] tape I think that was and they called me, I think I was in the Bahamas, and they hit me and was like, ‘Nas getting at you on this joint and he played it for me over the phone. So niggas like, ‘Damn, Nas shitting on you?” So then I wrote ‘Mind Right’ and was like, ‘Cool, you getting at me, I’m a get at you. So then when ‘Mind Right’ dropped, it popped, it did what it did, Nas did another freestyle where he went at Jay, [Beanie Sigel], Freeway, everybody, so he basically opened the floodgate for himself. So once he did that Hov was like, ‘Don’t worry about it lil bro, I got you,’ and then [he dropped] ‘Takeover’ and here we go… [Nas] didn’t say shit, somebody lied, he didn’t say nothing about me. That was just me going off that gas, I led it and I let it fly baby.”