Memphis Bleek Says He Started Jay Z's Beef With Nas

Roc-A-Fella member Memphis Bleek details how he believes he started the infamous New York beef between Jay Z and Nas.

The famed "King of New York" beef between Jay Z and Nas created many tales, some told, others not.

It's been rumored that Roc-A-Fella artist Memphis Bleek had a hand in starting the infamous rap bout as recently Vlad TV talked to him about his part in the whole ordeal.

"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."

He continued by explaining that he and Nas actually never had any beef with each other previous to the back-and-fourth.

"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."

When asked about which beef song was he believed was better, Bleek said Jay's was better because it was based in "facts."

"Anybody that listens to facts would," he said. "I'm not going to say 'Ether' was a bad record, it was dope, but all that shit was just fake shit. Anybody that know, know Hov was that nigga man... 'Takeover' was factual. Niggas had pictures that implemented the lines they were saying."

Memphis Bleek's "My Mind Right" was released in 2000 and was the first single off of his second studio album, The Understanding.

Watch the full interview segment below: 


  • me

    yeah right Bleek. nas never gave jay his phone number, but jay had it. REAL SHIT jay biting biggies rhymes. REAL SHIT eminem murdered Jay on "Renegade". REAL SHIT shawn carter to jay-z, because of Jaz-O. REAL SHIT ugly. REAL SHIT no mustache. REAL SHIT him and dame trying to be puffy and big. REAL SHIT jimmy walker looking mofo. REAL SHIT who's the best, Pac, Nas, Big. REAL SHIT i could go on, f*ck out of here bleek.

  • Kay

    Bleek washed up lol. Thirsty for relevancy

  • Nas

    This guy cleaned my car the other day. Gave him a nice tip. Thanks Memphis Bleek .

  • Anonymous

    "Nas was evil for that record,ha,a total slaughter diss,hands down,he won" That's foolishness. Jay spoke facts. Nas went for the cheap disses, and only uneducated street goons felt he won. ^ lol Nas got Harvard studying his lyrics, Quote-Man still here trying to get us to believe the fuckboy that flows thru his veins no one believes that upper crust bullshit you do here pussy-boy

  • Jay fell off lyrically

    Even Cormega who don't like Nas at all said Ether was the better diss Argue with a jay stan bout this and guaranteed at sum point they gon bring up jays money n business deals like that has anything to do with the battle dumb fucks be blinded by shiny chains

  • tigerking79

    Nas, won the shit plain and simple. Takeover sounded good, but once ether came out, it was a very weak dis record in comparision. No one outside of the people involved knows the real facts. But one thing for sure takeover was not all facts. Jay-Z dickriders fail to acknowledge before the beef Jay-Z was always shouting out Nas and always wanting to take photo's with Nas. Jay-Z was always talking good about the Firm in his songs. Jay-Z wanted to be in the Firm so bad, before his career finally took off in 1998 with hard knock life. More proof that Nas won is that ether took Jay-Z so much off his game he had a decades worth of weak albums until The Blueprint 3. Here is a fact Jay-Z is old as Rakim and Big Daddy Kane, and he didn't establish himself as an artist until 12 years after they did. Jay-Z was living off of Jaz-O from the mid 80's to mid 90's. Jay-z copied the style of a younger rapper, Biggie Smalls, on his first solo release. Jay-Z was all over Nas dick until 2001.


    This is a lifetime debate, niggas will never let it go. ESCO won plain and simple.

  • Anonymous

    go back and youtube jay z first interview after the battle with angie martinez. I aint never heard Hov sound like he bout to cry more than that day.

  • Anonymous

    Rip the FREEWAY, run thru MEMPHIS with MONEY BAGS, stop in Philly order cheesesteaks and EAT BEANS FAST!! I dont know if there verse in hip hop history that rips an entire crew in 1 sentence... Before you used to rap like the Fu Snickens, NaS designed ya blueprint who ya kidden?? lmao nas won hands down

  • Anonymous

    Who's Memphis Weak?

  • Factz only

    Jay-Z was the first person to ever be labelled a Stan. Ether was legendary and started a lot of trends in rap. from using ether to refer to a rapper being bombarded to calling people Stans.

  • Anonymous

    now u wanna hang with niggas i hung with, fuck bitches i hit. jay z a big homo. ain't it facts that he wanted Nas on his records and jerked off to has pictures at night. lol

  • Anonymous

    ether better diss track.

  • blackula

    Bleek's reaction to Ether in 2001 in an interview with allhiphop: "It was a gloomy day, for real. When Flex played it, I aint going to lie, I admitted to MYSELF and had to tell the Big Homey he got us, he got one up on us." Looks like he switched up his tune quite a

    • Chris

      then superugly dropped, the condom on your baby seat line just destroyed anything Nas could come up with later.

  • Anonymous

    Tell us something Jay hasn't told us himself a decade ago.

  • B

    Damn this is old news. Everybody knows Bleek dropped a "your life was written" line directed at Nas and Jay had to step in because Bleek wasn't in Nas' league. Only about a decade late on this story. As far as which record was better, Takeover had more "facts" in it, but the main "fact" was that Nas' albums after Illmatic were garbage which they weren't. However, at the time Nas' career was not where everybody thought it would be after a debut like Illmatic. In context, Takeover was a hell of an opening shot. Ether, in my opinion was a better song but more emotional than Jay's. It was a crazy track that let everybody know Nas was still nasty. They both belong in the Hall of Fame of battle tracks. The reason everybody thinks Nas won the battle is that his great track came out second and Jay's response (Super Ugly) was legitimate trash. He won because he didn't have to come out of his corner for the second round to get the decision.

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    Why would you ask Memphis Bleek who song was better... Ask if he was gonna say "Nas was better than Jay." Stupid ass question!

  • Anonymous

    "Nas was evil for that record,ha,a total slaughter diss,hands down,he won" That's foolishness. Jay spoke facts. Nas went for the cheap disses, and only uneducated street goons felt he won.

    • Anonymous

      so nas didn't speak facts? LOL stop it quoteman we know you hate nas and shit on illmatic all the time while biggin up rick ross and meek mill! you gotta be like 15

  • Da Bridge 2001

    Yo blow faces, fo-fo blazes, no one's safe This music mogul rollin wit a hundred soldiers Gangstas we postal Oh you didn't, wanna know whose life Was Written The life I'm livin The ice the women The kites that sendin to lifeless biddin The streets to prison I touch you then buck you Heats be spittin La-ser, AR fifteen doors come down Jaws is broke, your whole crew is coffin bound Your ho, your man, lieutenant, your boss get found This dough I got, I spend it and toss around New York it's time we flip it, where you from? Ladies, it's time we flip it, where you from? Now tell me who was the true thugs in videos first? Who had the projects behind us, who bit it the worst? We from the largest project, yo the biggest on earth Queensbridge know they history, left y'all cursed cuz

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  • Kali

    must admit when i first heard takeover i thought Nas was pretty much finished. I thought that was his Ja Rhule moment. But then he came back hard with Ether... a classic diss track

    • Anonymous

      HAHA the Ja Rule beef didnt happen til 02-03 when 50 came out you need to check your dates before you make an ass of yourself you probably were just a little munchkin when takeover and either came out and just heard it for the first time a few years back.

    • Anonymous

      "I thought that was his Ja Rhule moment" I'm guessing you heard Takeover and Ether years later as Ja Rule hadn't had "his moment" yet when Ether and Takeover came out.

  • Zac

    No hate to Jay,am a fan of good music and both rappers,but when i fisrt heard Ether,i was like,damn,this is the best diss song i ever heard.not even pac and big were able to make such a knockout diss track like that

  • Champagne Papi Life

    Drake and Nas might be the only real niggas left in hip-hop.

  • Anonymous

    Hope ya' got urself a gun...

  • Anonymous

    Jay Z/Nas beef helped both of their careers. But Nas won this shit. Now, I know JayZ stans are gonna say that Jay won because he's more successful. Yea we all know Jay z knows how to put out hit songs and make money, but what the fuck does that have to do with their beef? If Nas truly lost then rappers these days wouldn't respect him. But that's not the case. Look at all the rappers that praise and respect him. J.Cole and Kanye West are on Jay's camp but they literally dickride Nas on some of their songs. How do you think that makes Jay feel? Even Timbaland, someone who is close to Jay, said when he worked with Nas he was on a different level than any of the rappers.

  • HipHopFan

    Damn, that 'City is Mine' line didn't even click until you mentioned it. You're 100% on that one. Also, 'Is That Your Bitch' was for Nas. But it was all subliminal shots up until then. It all went open when Bleek and Nas started aiming. Classic moment in Hip Hop. Jay knows he lost that battle. Nas was the underdog and rocked him a little.

  • n

    Jay z is little bitch so is Memphis Bleek, Nas murdered Memphis in "da bridge 2001" and he murdered jay in "Ether" along with all the freestyles about them both. In Fact Nas murdered Jays whole click by himself, he didnt even have mobb deeps help coz they weren't on good terms at that point in time.

  • Joel we go again with this "Jay spit facts, Nas didn't" BS. Ether Facts: 1. "Callin my crib, and I ain't even give you my numbers" - Its been reported that Jay DID try and contact Nas MANY times to collab(either on Nas' next album or his own) or just chill 2. "All I did was give you a style for you to run with" - Jay has mentioned Nas was one of the main artists who influenced him in his early days(just listen to the dead prez record along with his flow in said song). But even without listening to the record, Jay himself admitted it. 3. "Smiling in my face, glad to break bread with The God(read fact #1) wearing Jazz chains, no tecs no cash no cars. No jail bars jigga no pies no case. Just hawaiian shirts, hangin with lil Chase" 4. "how much of biggies rhymes is gonna come outta your fat lips"(Jay constantly recites BIG's lines, Nas was in fact the one who got people noticing that shit) 5. "Wanted to be on every last one of my classics"(Nas had only 2 classics at that point. 1 was obviously ILLMATIC, the other is more of an "arguable classic" IT WAS WRITTEN. Once again, its been reported that Jay wanted to either have Nas on his own album, or guest on Nas' next project. In the end, Jay spoke more about Nas' career, where as Nas was more personal, which is what struck such a nerve with Jay. There is actually an interview on you tube with Jay on Hot 97 where he was trying to justify his disrespectful barbs on Super Ugly by sayin "in Takeover, I was mainly talkin bout dude's career, it was a sport. But like....I was like....'wow'...he's really goin all the way there. Like he's gettin mad of the stuff he was sayin" lol

  • Anonymous

    this ain't anything new. anyone who had read anything about the beef or was into rap back then should know this.

  • Spaz

    Takeover was more about mobb deep.... Anyways.... Look who's trying to be a man almost over a decade after this event occurred. Should have manned up at the time and claimed you started things but hey this is also a person that says Takeover was a better diss record then Ether because it was more factual??? GTFOH week ass memphis bleak

    • Brock Bizz

      Keep doing what you doing bleek ---> YOU ONE HIT AWAY! Niggas reference bleek in records when they saying how whack they aren't! "say her boyfriend was whack like he memphis bleek 'NOW HOW BOUT DAT'... LMAO

  • Anonymous

    Jay praised illmatic on takeover so for that he's takes an L

  • Nas Stan

    Fuck Jay-Z What's up niggas, ay yo I know you ain't talkin' 'bout me dog You, what? Fuck Jay-Z You been on my dick nigga You love my style, nigga Fuck Jay-Z" (I) Fuck with your soul like ether (Will) Teach you the king you know you (Not) "God's son", across the belly (Lose) I prove you lost already Brace yourself for the main event Y'all impatiently waitin' It's like an AIDS test, what's the results? Not positive, who's the best? Pac, Nas and Big Ain't no best, East, West, North, South, flossed out, greedy I embrace y'all with napalm Blows up, no guts, left chest, face gone How could Nas be garbage? Semi-autos at your cartilage Burner at the side of your dome, come outta my throne I got this, locked since '9-1 I am the truest, name a rapper that I ain't influenced Gave y'all chapters but now I keep my eyes on the Judas With Hawaiian' Sophie fame, kept my name in his music, check it (I) Fuck with your soul like ether (Will) Teach you the king you know you (Not) "God's son", across the belly (Lose) I prove you lost already Ay yo, pass me the weed Pour my ashes out on these niggas man (No doubt) Ay, y'all faggots, y'all kneel And kiss the fuckin' ring (I) Fuck with your soul like ether (Will) Teach you the king you know you (Not) "God's son", across the belly (Lose) I prove you lost already I've been fucked over, left for dead, dissed and forgotten Luck ran out, they hoped that I'd be gone, stiff and rotten Y'all just piss on me, shit on me, spit on my grave Talk about me, laugh behind my back but in my face Y'all some "Well wishers", friendly actin', envy hidin' snakes With your hands out for my money, man, how much can I take? When these streets keep callin', heard it when I was sleep That this Gay-Z and Cockafella Records wanted beef Started cockin' up my weapon, slowly loadin' up this ammo To explode it on a camel, and his soldiers, I can handle This for dolo and it's manuscript, just sound stupid When KRS already made an album called Blueprint First, Biggie's ya man, then you got the nerve To say that you better than Big Dick suckin' lips, won't you let the late, great veteran live (I will not lose) "God's son" across the belly, I prove you lost already The king is back, where my crown at? (Ill Will) Ill Will rest in peace, let's do it niggas (I) Fuck with your soul like ether (Will) Teach you the king you know you (Not) "God's son", across the belly (Lose) I prove you lost already Y'all niggas deal with emotions like bitches What's sad is I love you 'cause you're my brother You traded your soul for riches My child, I've watched you grow up to be famous And now I smile like a proud dad, watchin' his only son that made it You seem to be only concerned with dissin' women Were you abused as a child, scared to smile, they called you ugly? Well, life is hard, hug me, don't reject me Or make records to disrespect me, blatant or indirectly In '88 you was gettin' chased through your buildin' Callin' my crib and I ain't even give you my numbers All I did was gave you a style for you to run with Smilin' in my face, glad to break bread with the God Wearin' Jaz chains, no tecs, no cash, no cars No jail bars Jigga, no pies, no case Just Hawaiian shirts, hangin' with little Chase You a fan, a phony, a fake, a pussy, a Stan I still whip your ass, you thirty-six in a karate class You Tae-bo hoe, tryna' work it out, you tryna' get brolic? Ask me if I'm tryna' kick knowledge Nah, I'm tryna' kick the shit you need to learn though That ether, that shit that make your soul burn slow Is he Dame Diddy, Dame Daddy or Dame Dummy? Oh, I get it, you Biggie and he's Puffy Rockafeller died of AIDS, that was the end of his chapter And that's the guy y'all chose to name your company after? Put it together, I rock hoes, y'all rock fellas And now y'all try to take my spot, fellas? Philly's hot rock fellas, put you in a dry spot, fellas In a pine box with nine shots from my glock, fellas Foxy got you hot 'cause you kept your face in her puss What you think, you gettin' girls now 'cause of your looks? Negro please, you no mustache havin', with whiskers like a rat Compared to Beans you wack And your man stabbed Un and made you take the blame You ass, went from Jaz to hangin' with Caine, to Herb, to Big And, Eminem murdered you on your own shit You a dick-ridin' faggot, you love the attention Queens niggas run you niggas, ask Russell Simmons Ha, R O C get gunned up and clapped quick J.J. Evans get gunned up and clapped quick Your whole damn record label gunned up and clapped quick Shaun Carter to Jay-Z, damn you on Jaz dick So little shorty's gettin' gunned up and clapped quick How much of Biggie's rhymes is gon' come out your fat lips? Wanted to be on every last one of my classics You pop shit, apologize, nigga, just ask Kiss Read more: Nas - Ether Lyrics | MetroLyrics

  • Anonymous

    It has become the it thing to say Ether was not facts and Jay record was but to begin with Takeover was mostly about Mobb deep and the picture he talking about wasn't fact. A young Prodigy was doin a Micheal Jackson impression and Jay turn it into ballerina P. As for the Nas verse. It was all Jay opinion as a Nas fan ppl need to learn what is fact and opinion,even the I showed you your first tec line, ok Jay did pull out a tec but how does he know tat was the first time nas saw one. The searchlite publishing line was a lie because tat company didn't even exist until recently.I aint know where Jay learn maths but it wasn't 4 album in ten years. smarten up ppl

    • Anonymous

      cosign. disillusion jay fans claim nas' verses are all just childish trash because of a line here and there but i don't think they've actually analysed takeover's lyrics.

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  • Anonymous

    Nas is a peasant compared to jigga

  • Anonymous

    roc nation's janitor speaks out!

  • jr writer the writer of writers

    This site got the funniest comment section online u gangsters sit there and argue and make fun of each other with gay fantasies about rappers who dnt affect you're lives at all haha good for u

  • HipHopFan

    People seem to forget Jay bodied Prodigy on Takeover but only had one verse for Nas. Ether was all for Jay-Z. Super Ugly was the one all for Nas.

    • tim

      yep. i was tuned in to hot97 that whole day Jay was hyping the release of Super Ugly. When they played it and it didnt get the response he thought it would have.. he turned around on the SAME interview and said "well its not really a diss.. its just a freestyle" when the whole day all he and his team had to say was "this is the upper cut yall was waiting for me to come back with" lmao stfu i can quote this whole day in verbatim and I still laugh imagining Hov's voice when he realised niggas wasnt really feeling Super Ugly as much as they did Ether live on the radio hahahahahahahahahhaha

  • Poor Homie Quan

    lol at u nikkas acting like takeover's better just because it's factual

  • HipHopFan

    Yep, Bleek isn't lying. I remember when Nas took a shot at Bleek saying 'you wanna ball till you fall, I can help you with that' - that's a flip on Bleek's chorus from 'What you think of that'. That's how it all started. Jay didn't just start it from Takeover.

    • Anonymous

      "I snatched your girl cause your arm aint strong enough and you don't stay in the studio long enough" - city is mine jay z a diss to nas

    • HipHopFan Is A Bitch Nikka That GAVE ME HEAD


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  • Snoooop

    So Ether wasn't factual? So Ether didn't point out Jay biting BIG's lyrics? Ether didn't point out Jay switching his rhyme style after Illmatic? Ether didn't point out Jay leeching success off of rapper who are hot at the time? Ether didn't point out Jay selling out? (Hello Vol. 1!) Ether didn't point out Jay being a misogynist? Ether didn't point out Jay getting murked on Renegade? Like Fif said, "Are you illiterate nigga? You can't read between the lines?"

  • Paul Meara Ain't Shit

    "Beanie SEGAL" Who's that? lol

  • Anonymous

    ETHERED -verb--to get blasted out that fuckin water in an undeniable fashion..

  • Anonymous

    Only time you ever hear about Bleek in 2014 is when he talks about Jay-Z. Does this boy even rap still or just cash his monthly checks from Jigga?

    • Anonymous

      ^^ I don't wanna give you the wrong impression, I need love and affection.

    • Anonymous

      "^^ Answer my question first, then feel free to spread your lies." What question bitch, I'm the one who posted the orginal comment, not you

    • Anonymous

      ^^ Answer my question first, then feel free to spread your lies.

    • Anonymous

      I saw Dres from Black Sheep tryin to sell tapes at a college homecoming in NC. Ish tripped me out, bought a tape and it was garbage.

  • Fuck Marcy

    The Failed Nikka Jay-Z Tried To Put On Says He Started Jay-Z's Beef With God

  • Memphis Weak

    Nas has probably forgotten who Memphis Bleek is at this point.

  • Anonymous

    Why is he still obsessing over this old beef? Nas and Jay both moved on from this.

  • Facts

    Hov defeated Nasqueer in every area of life. nas threw in the towel when he signed with def jam he knew what the deal was.

  • Anonymous

    So he's responsible for ETHER?

  • Anonymous

    Everyone should check out the new mxitape from Nas + DJ Semi called Reanimated. I been playing it all day its so dope. I dl'ed it but I think it's for sale. here's a description of it. "DJ Semi links up with Nasir Jones for his most epic mixtape release yet. Hosted by Nas himself, DJ Semi self-produces an entire 14 track album in tribute to the Queens emcee featuring original concepts, beats, hooks, and scratches alongside obscure Nas vocals. Standout features include Jay Z, J. Cole, The Notorious B.I.G., Eminem, Natasha Ramos, Raekwon, and Fatman Scoop. This CD plays out like the new Nas album youve been waiting for. Dont sleep!"

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