Ether (4:37)

Cover of Stillmatic

From Stillmatic and 6 other releases

Nas’ response track to Jay-Z’s The Takeover. The song appeared on 2001’s Stillmatic. The song includes many insults to Jay-Z including: his (verbal) treatment of women, his sexuality, his song Renegade which features Detroit rapper Eminem (it is the general opinion that Eminem greatly outshined Jay-Z on Renegade), and makes claims about Jay-Z biting (stealing) lyrics from the Notorious B.I.G. Because of the ferocity of the song and the general opinion of the song (see next paragraph), the word “ether” is commonly used within the hip-hop community as a term for a devastating diss. “Ethered” is also used as a verb to describe a rap artist that took a significant loss (e.g. He got ethered).

After this track was released, many rap artists agreed that Nas won the feud. This, however, is a matter of opinion and debatable.


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("Fuck Jay-Z")
What's up niggas, hey yo, I know you ain't talking 'bout me dog
You, what?
("Fuck Jay-Z")

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  • alefspfc

    and Eminem murdered you on your own shit

    4 Mar 3:56am Reply
  • magimarker

    dick sucking lips

    6 Feb 1:34pm Reply
  • jussi_m

    v nah

    22 Dec 2014 Reply
  • barbwireboy2

    Amazing track, but resorting to gay jokes so often does bring it down a bit.

    10 Oct 2014 Reply
  • TheSuperCrasher

    Gay-Z and Cock-A-Fella? That was childish and lame as fuck lmao.

    10 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Big-Mac-Bo

    I like jigga's music more but nas is by far the better lyricist damn

    10 Mar 2014 Reply
  • SimonePerrota

    The Black Album and American Gangster?

    7 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Gwynbleiddsfang

    Jay Z hasn't been good since The Blueprint so fuck him.

    27 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Alin_

    i like Jay-Z, but goddamn.. Nas humiliated him with this one.. Hova was lucky the Takeover beat was nice as hell.. :)

    23 Sep 2013 Reply
  • DKDC22

    nas > jay z end of.

    10 Jul 2013 Reply
  • DKDC22

    negro please

    10 Jul 2013 Reply
  • JohnnyBIaze

    Jay-Z is a great rapper, but there's no way he beat Nas in this one...Takeover was kinda weak.

    21 Jun 2013 Reply
  • rza222

    "Takeover isn't even good." Son, what are you smoking? This is better, but let's be real here.

    5 Jun 2013 Reply
  • austener1

    just hawaiian shirts

    28 May 2013 Reply
  • DaODB

    Takeover isn't even good.

    28 Apr 2013 Reply
  • T-oz_GEO_Shakur

    Nas won that war, hands down...

    27 Apr 2013 Reply
  • FUAP

    'Fuck Jay-Z.................Fuck Jay-Z.....................Fuck Jay-Z....."

    16 Nov 2012 Reply
  • carAnthony

    Nas >>> Jay-Z... Jigga is still great artist (but Nas is fuckin' genius!)

    26 Sep 2012 Reply
  • steveisms

    @Garcian..... agreed!....

    23 Sep 2012 Reply
  • hollabackitsobi

    lol at people thinking Jay-Z is a better rapper or has a better body of music than Nas. Illmatic single-handedly destroys any argument. Nas could have released Nastradamus 10 times and it wouldn't matter. Get this through your heads.

    25 Jul 2012 Reply
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