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Jay-Z Says “The Takeover” Is ‘A Better Record’ Than Nas’s “Ether”

It’s been nine years and the great debate over Jay-Z vs. Nas still isn’t over. Earlier today (November 15), Hov appeared on Peter Rosenberg and Cipha Sounds’s podcast, Juan Epstein, and during the interview, the Brooklyn legend said, despite popular opinion, that his 2001 diss record towards God’s Son, “The Takeover” is better than Nasir’s response track, “Ether.”

“I think in the history when we look back, and I don’t mean no disrespect to Nas, I think when we look back it’s not even close,” he shared, adding, “I just think it was a better record.” [Listen here]

Jay and Nas exchanged in a lyrical battle back in 2001, which was arguably one of hip-hop’s most exciting wars of all time. Although “The Takeover” wasn’t part of the discussion, back in December of the same year, when New York radio personality Angie Martinez asked Hot 97 listeners what track they preferred, “Ether” or Jay’s other diss record “Super Ugly,” 58 percent of those who responded picked the Queenbridge MC’s track.

Hova was on the show to promote his new book, Decoded. The tome, which dissects 36 of his favorite songs, hits stores tomorrow. —Elan Mancini

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