By The Hip Hop Writer
Hip Hop Vibe Staff Writer
During the mid-1990s, N.O.R.E. and Nas were good friends and frequent collaborators. Many artists who worked with Nas also worked with Jay-Z. Their feud did not form until the late 1990s. Jay-Z established himself as a strong businessman during this period of time.
By 2001, Jay-Z was on top of the rap world, both as an artist, and in business. Along with this, Jay-Z planned to become the “king of New York.” Jay-Z decided to solidify himself by dissing Nas. At the same time, he was trying to sign N.O.R.E. to Roc-A-Fella.
Nas’ feud had extended from just Jay-Z to his entire crew, before the end of 2001. When he made a freestyle diss, Nas went at N.O.R.E., along with the other members of the Roc. Once the feud was over, Nas admitted he felt bad about going at N.O.R.E., because they had no prior issues with each other.
While he said he loves Nas for all he did for Queens hip hop, N.O.R.E. said he could not get over Nas’ diss aimed at him. N.O.R.E. said it made no sense for Nas to diss his God’s Favorite album, due to the fact that he was on the intro. Nas had to have heard the album before he dissed it because he was featured on the very first track off the album. Despite Nas apologizing for the diss, N.O.R.E. said he has had a hard time getting over his disses.