Brace yourself, as I speak my truth or more so my opinion looking back 20 years ago, what has been hyped as possibly the best diss record of all time “Ether.” Lets start with the obvious in the 3 verse 4 plus minute songs that has always been marketed as a diss record towards Jay Z, he said minimum at best “Hawaii Sophie Name Kept My Name in his Music” directed towards Jay Z listen to the song below to correct or accept me, considered by many as the best rapper of our time the 1st verse of the greatest diss record of all time as no critical shots or any factual bars aimed at the recipient of the diss.
Now lets get to the second verse were Nas gets emotional (this is important) he spends the 1st 4 bars of the Jay Z diss record venting about how his circle & surrounds thought he fell off, & how everyone around him are attempting to finesse him for money (nothing to do with Jay Z). 1:35-1:55 we finally get some shock value shots as he flips Jay to Gay Z & Rocafella to Cockafella, & calls Jay Z a camel. He mentions that KRS has an album called Blueprint which is a fact, but Grand Master Flash had a record called “The Message” (Nas named second track of It Was Written “The Message”), Earth Wind & Fire had an Album named “I Am” (Nas 3rd Album “I AM”), I can go on about the contrition of shaming him for naming his Critically Acclaimed album after an album that was definitely a cornerstone of the foundation of New York Hip Hop. Lastly he criticizes Jay Z for saying that he’s better than Big (which he is) even though they are suppose to be friends. This is the dumbest logic ever LeBron James is friends with D.Wade that shouldn’t stop him from thinking he’s an more elite player. Lastly Nas throughs in another homophonic line at the end of the verse to close it out! (Greatest diss record of all times)
Lastly the meat & butter of the song over half way in we are finally ready to diss Jay Z, “Y’all niggas deal with emotions like bitches” Lets remind all readers that Nas spent half the second verse of the Jay Z diss talking about how people turned they back on him…. We won’t focus too much on the 3rd verse with this argument because for the final 60 seconds of the verse he actually disses Jay Z on the Jay Z diss track.
Before ending my argument about this diss record, in most cases the rapper with the best diss record, continued to prosper with a better career, examples include 50 Cent verses JaRule (winner 50 Cent), Canibus vs. LL Cool J (winner LL), Drake & Meek Mill (Drake). This diss record did not ruin Jay Z in fact its the very reason I listened to the Blue Print & became a Jay Z fan. Nas album sells & singles have been on the decline since dropping “Ether,” while Jay Z has since broke the record for most Number 1 albums by a solo artist.
There is so much more to say about this G.O.A.T. diss record that will go unsaid at this time, however give me your opinion @Whobeta on Twitter & Instagram. Listen to the audio & lyrics below before the conversation. Also tweet me any grammar errors on this piece lbs!