Ignited by a number of events including Nas allegedly standing Jay-Z up during a recording session and Mobb Deep’s Prodigy questioning Hov's right to call New York soft on "Money, Cash, Hoes" during a Source Magazine interview, the beef between Jay-Z Vs. Nas and Prodigy had long been brewing by the time Jay took shots at the two Queens MCs at New York’s Hot 97 Summer Jam concert in 2001.

After displaying an image of a Young Prodigy in a ballerina outfit on the Summer Jam screen, Hov premiered his scathing diss against the Queensbridge lyricist— ending the verse by warning, "Ask Nas he don't want it with Hov." A surprise appearance by the King of Pop, himself, Michael Jackson, himself, made the event an instant classic that is still talked about today.

And while the beef was eventually squashed during Jay's "I Declare War" Concert for Hot rival station Power 105 in 2005, Hov's SJ performance officially set off one of the most memorable feuds in hip-hop history. Shortly after the Summer Jam incident, Nas responded to Jigga during a radio freestyle later referred to as “Stillmatic” and/or “H To The Omo,” a take on Jay-Z’s song “Izzo (H.O.V.A.).” Later, he released the single “Ether,” a track which found him mocking Jay, followed by Hova’s own “Supa Ugly,” in which Jay-Z insinuated he and basketball player Allen Iverson both had affairs with Nas’ baby moms, Carmen Bryan.

To celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the unforgettable affair, XXL has compiled a list of ten things that happened in hip-hop as a result of that memorable event that took place on that Summer Jam stage.—XXL Staff


Nas Wakes Up
Up to that point, Nas had been lyrically stagnant. But getting dissed by Jay-Z brought the fire back out of him, starting with the release of his "Stillmatic" freestyle and later“Ether.”


Prodigy Takes a Dive
After Jay-Z blasted a photo of Prodigy as a child in his ballerina outfit on the Summer Jam screen during his “Takeover” verse, Prodigy’s music career seemed to take a turn for the worse. He's continued to pump out material, but post-"Takeover" Prodigy's lyrical skills were never the same.


Performance Leads to Jay-Z and Michael Jackson Collaboration
Although the image of Prodigy displayed on the Summer jam screen and Jay baiting Nas were entertaining, the highlight of Jay’s performance was the appearance of Michael Jackson, who he asked to join him on stage. That brief moment led the two superstars to collaborate on MJ’s “Rock My World (Remix)."


Performance Establishes Jay-Z as King of New York
After Biggie’s death in 1997, the two successors to the crown of hip-hop king of New York were undoubtedly Nas and Jay-Z. But after Jay-Z’s performance that day, it was clear he was running this town.


Sends Warning to Other Rappers Hating on Jay
Not only did the performance solidify Jay-Z as the new king of NY, it also sent out a warning to other rappers attempting to go at him lyrically that he could outdo anyone.


Summer Jam Screen Becomes a Brand on its Own
After Jay’s use of it, the term “Summer Jam Screen” became an often reference used in rap lyrics.


Summer Jam Concerts Gain Prestige Nationally
Although Summer Jam concerts had been around for years, 2001 was the year the annual affair became a must-attend concert for hip-hop fans, contributing to the Summer Jam legacy.


Reconciliation Between Jay-Z and Nas
Without the beef, there wouldn’t have been the need for two of New York’s greatest rappers to make up, unite and come together for the sake of music. Nas joined Jay-Z on stage during a Power 105.1 Power House concert in New Jersey in 2005, just four years after the drama between the two initiated. He later signed to Def Jam under Jay-Z’s presidency.


Jay-Z Performances More Anticipated Than Ever Before
After his Summer Jam performance and in hopes of more historic surprises, Jay-Z shows became a highly-anticipated spectacle for all hip-hop aficionados.


Proves Not All Hip-Hop Beefs End Violently
The Jay-Z and Nas feud was one of the most hyped feuds in hip-hop history, especially after the aftermath of the East Coast/West Coast rivalry that ended in both Notorious B.I.G. and 2pac dead. Still, the incident proved not all hip-hop related fights end in bloodshed.