1.Nas' sample on Jay-Z's "Dead Presidents" I & II from "The World Is Yours" - "Im out for presidents to represent me"
2.E-Money Bags, Jay-Z's highschool schoolmate and Nas' friend says Jayasked him if he can get Nas to make a cameo in the Dead Presidents video and when he is unable to, gets AZ instead to rep The Firm in the Monopoly shot. Also says JAY ASKED HIM "TO GET NAS TO APPEAR ON EVERY LAST ONE OF YOUR ALBUMS!" as confirmed by both Jay & E-Money Bags argument during their on air Hot 97 interview regarding Jays artist H-Money Bags use of his name. Jays responce to E-Money Bags allegations - "Yeah, and?"
3.Jay mentions Nas and his crew the Firm on "Sunshine" - "...Foxy, Nas & AZ"
4.Jay-Z on Can't Knock The Hustle" that "My crew rolls tight like The Firm" - Nas crew.
5.Jay-Z asks on "Where I'm From", "Who's the best MC, Biggie, Jay-Z or Nas?"
6.On Jays "Rap Game Cack Game" He samples Nas' "Sometimes the rap game reminds me of the crack game" from "Represent"
7.Jay-Z on "This Can't Be Life" says "Back when Illmatic rocked out of every drop top..."
8.Jay-Z has a sexual relationship with Nas' babymother. After asking him to be in his videos and praising him & his crew in several songs. See where I'm going with this. -
9.Jay befriends Nas' mgr. Steve Stoute -
10.During the begining of their "beef" Jay mentions on air on Hot 97 that he 2-wayed "Nas once, paiged him twice and he aint hit me back" regarding putting an end to the beef before it escalates.
11.Jay confirmed his reason for dissing Nas at Summer Jam on air while at Hot 97 as, "Me and homie had a conversation at this club then he went and opened his mouth on some show and got real greesie." - (See unconfirmed 5 & 6)
12.Has always praised Illmatic before and after the beef.
13. Remember Carmen said in her book Jay would ask her bout Nas a lot like whats his fav sexual position. Now the affair is a fact but if you Jay-Z the best rapper at the time wouldn't you brag that you fucked a man's wifey or girl. So what you fucked his babymother, a project hoe. This shit seems calculated like he did it cause he's a man of course but also cause it's Nas baby mother which would give him something on Nas incase shit ever got thick.
14.Jay befriends Steve Stoute Nas mgr. and Nas mentions how Stoute would tell him how Jay used to ask him questions bout Nas often.
15.In an interview with Large Professor, he mentions that when he was on his promo tour for Breaking Atoms with Nas and Jay for some reason it seemed like Jay didn't like Nas and everyone noticed it, and he thought it was because Nas was being touted as "the next one" and was only 17 at the time and recieved alot of attention, and couldnt understand it cause Nas was so mellow and a cool dude.
16..In the Don Diva interview with Nas when asked how the beef started Nas says he was at a club on the west coast and bumped into Jay right after Bleeks dis on "Mind Right" to Nas. Jay told him Bleek is a big fan of his and he should't get back at Bleek and how Beens will never go plat because he isnt marketable and he (Jay-Z)thinks he himself is better than Big.- (See Ether)
17..Nas goes on to say in the interview how he spoke about this conversation on a San Francisco radio show and Jay must of heard about it which resulted in the Summer Jam dis.
18.Jay himself confirmed his reason for dissing Nas at Summer Jam on Hot 97 as, "Me and homie had a conversation at this club then he went and opened his mouth on some show and got real greesie" I added this as unconfirmed as well cause though both sides admitted to the actual convo it was only detailed by Nas.
I respect this nigga. You can hear that he been around Game for a while but I don't think Game will knock Birdman out cuz of Tyga. Birdman & Wayne been givin Game free verses so nah. You can hear 2-3 verses from Wayne on every Game mixtapes lol. Game a real nigga