News: DJ Premier Names His Top 5 Favorite Beefs, "Jay-Z Won Until 'Ether'" [Video]

Thursday, Feb 24, 2011 5:20PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Hip-Hop pioneer DJ Premier recently revealed his personal Top 5 favorite rap beefs ranging from 1980's battles involving Roxanne Shante to more modern exchanges from Jay-Z and Nas.

Within his first three, Premier went back to the 1980's for his favorite beefs.

"Busy Bee and Kool Moe Dee is the ultimate, ultimate [beef]," Premier told DJ Vlad. "I know Busy Bee isn't on the level of rhyming skills -- Kool Moe Dee, I just never heard a rhyme like that back then. He just wouldn't stop -- So that's number one. Definitely Roxanne Shante, the Real Roxanne...[Number three], MC Lyte and Antoinette. That should be talked about even if you're in the new cats that's coming up in the game. Study this sh*t. This sh*t is a culture." (Vlad TV)

Moving more in-tune with today's times, Premier chose the hard-hitting 2001 beef between Jay-Z and Nas.

"Definitely 'Ether' and 'Takeover' when Nas went at Jay," Premier added. "Nas [won], but musically, [Jay] killed it with 'The Takeover.' ... Jay has a little bully in him. Nas is just, 'I'm rhyming, doing my one-two. And I'm chilling.' ... Jay won until 'Ether.' I don't even count 'Super Ugly.' That don't count. And I would have to say LL [Cool J] battling Ice-T and [MC] Hammer and everybody. That was ill right there." (Vlad TV)

In 2001, Jay struck first with the release of "Takeover," which was featured on his platinum-selling Blueprint LP.

"Use your - BRAAAAAAAIN! You said you been in this ten I've been in it five - smarten up Nas /Four albums in ten years n*gga? I can divide /That's one every let's say two, two of them sh*ts was doo/One was - Ehh, the other was Illmatic/That's a one hot album every ten year average/And that's so - LAAAAAAAME! N*gga switch up your flow/Your sh*t is garbage- what, you tryna kick knowledge? (f*ck outa here)" ("The Takeover")

Nas retorted with his 2001 Stillmatic single, "Ether."

"When these streets keep calling, heard it when I was sleep/ That this Gay-Z and C*ck-A-Fella Records wanted beef...KRS already made an album called Blueprint / First Biggie's your man, then you got the nerve to say that you're better than Big/ D*ck-suckin' lips, why don't you let the late great veteran live...Queens n*ggas run you n*ggas, ask Russell Simmons." ("Ether")

Check out DJ Premier's interview below:

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