'Takeover' is one of the most important songs in hip hop history. It started the biggest rivalry in rap. The diss track ignited animosity between Nas and Jay's Roc-A-Fella camp.
It was originally recorded for Jay-Z's 2001 album, The Blueprint. It was also the first official LP diss track. Although its hard-hitting nature was considered to be a death blow to Nas' career, it was generally well received by fans.
Nas responded with his own diss track, 'Ether', which brought him back into the spotlight. He claimed that Jay-Z had sold him out. In his third verse, Jay-Z mocks Nas's flow and discography.
JAY-Z also took jabs at Mobb Deep in the song. Jigga brags about how he's richer than Mobb Deep, while also claiming that he's too strong to battle.
Takeover has aged better than Remy Ma's 'Shether'. However, it still has its haters. Many consider it to be Nas's last album.
Jay-Z was a major figure in New York's rap scene during the mid-late 90s. His teasing of other rappers was a natural extension of the Brooklyn vs. Queens rivalry.
After their feud, the two rappers made amends in 2005 by inviting Nas to perform on his I Declare War tour. Their beef was not settled until JAY-Z released his 4:44 album.
"Takeover" is a classic example of a diss track. It's a jab at Mobb Deep and a rebuttal of Nas' attacks on Jay-Z in "Stillmatic Freestyle."
As a matter of fact, it was produced by Jay-Z's friend Kanye West. This makes the song even more interesting.