An old interview with Na has resurfaced online, and in the interview, Jay-z once reportedly claimed to be better than Biggie Smalls.
“We were kickin’ it and he told me that he’s better than Biggie now,” Nas told FELON.
“I looked at him like he was crazy. Then, he started telling me Memphis Bleek was a fan and that I shouldn’t go at him. He predicted that Beanie Sigel would never sell more than 600,000 copies. He said that Sauce Money was to him what Nature was to me. Then, he really got crazy. He said that Tupac and DMX were not lyricists—they just had the hungry, starving street n*ggas coppin’ their sh*t—but me and him had all the money n*ggas buying ours. I told him that I disagreed with him—that Tupac was the greatest ever—period, and that DMX really brought that street sh*t back into the game.”
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He also said that he didn’t know how his beef with Jay started.
“I don’t know—I don’t know if it’s over a bitch, I don’t know if it’s over the joint I didn’t do with him, I don’t know if he’s trying to show me ‘I told you so’—meaning that he would be as successful or more successful as me—and if it’s that, it shouldn’t be because I never told him that he wouldn’t or that he couldn’t. All I know is that something is really bothering him and he needs to address it, release it, and get over it.”