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, ay yo
I know you ain't talkin' 'bout me dog
You, what? Fuck Jay-Z

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  • TheSuperCrasher

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

    10 Aug 4:51pm Reply
  • Big-Mac-Bo

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

    10 Mar 12:25am Reply
  • SimonePerrota

    The Black Album and American Gangster?

    7 Feb 6:44pm 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
  • Spiritwalker-fm

    One of the best diss tracks ever, but still, Hova > Nas

    17 Jul 2012 Reply
  • G0dL0vesUgly

    And did you really just say I Am is better than The Blueprint? K your opinion in irrelevant anymore

    15 Jul 2012 Reply
  • G0dL0vesUgly

    And imo all of y'all are missing the biggest diss in this song. Your talking bout biting Bigs lines, Em killing him, yada yada. But for real the thing that really made me feel Nas one was he basically called him out on his whole style and all his cocaine shit. "In 88 you was getting' chased through your building." Like wasn't Jays whole persona he was some sort of king pin in the crack game. Nas kinda called him out saying he wasn't. But whatever i love both artists, both great.

    15 Jul 2012 Reply
  • G0dL0vesUgly

    FUCK JAY-Z. Just Kidding, Jay is cool. [2]

    15 Jul 2012 Reply
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