“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.