Ex-rivals Jay-Z and Nas collaborating on the identical observe wasn’t the one shock that DJ Khaled’s new music, ‘SORRY NOT SORRY,’ introduced. In the event you pay attention carefully, Beyoncé can also be on the observe!

Hey to you too, Beyoncé! Her husband Jay-Z, 51, made a shock transfer by linking up together with his former rival Nas, 47, to rap on DJ Khaled‘s new observe “SORRY NOT SORRY,” which was observe No. 10 on his star-studded challenge Khaled Khaled that got here out on April 30. However their unlikely partnership wasn’t the one shock on the music: Beyoncé sings one phrase — “Hey” — after Jay-Z raps, “Sorry, that’s one other B / Haters nonetheless ain’t get well from the opposite B, mm / That’s a double B, now that’s a treble B / Can’t overlook ’bout the opposite B.” We see what the ability couple did there.


However Beyoncé does greater than say “hey.” She additionally lends her lovely vocals to harmonize on “SORRY NOT SORRY,” which solves the thriller as to who Harmonies by The Hive is (one of many featured artists on the music, together with James Fauntleroy). Whereas Beyoncé didn’t seem within the music’s accompanying music video, the video does handle her stunning cameo: as soon as she sings “Hey,” Jay-Z seems to be behind his shoulder.

Lengthy earlier than Pusha T versus Drake or Taylor Swift versus Katy Perry (or Taylor Swift versus Kanye West) had been the largest feuds in music, Jay Z and Nas’s rivalry had been the definition of beef. The schism started in 1996, in keeping with High Snobiety’s timeline of the feud, after Nas reportedly failed to point out as much as document verses for Jay’s “Carry It On,” off of Affordable Doubt. Nas’ second album, It Was Written, begins with “The Message,” which contained the road “Lex with TV units the minimal,” which was a shot at Hova (who made many references to the posh model on Affordable Doubt.)

“I noticed JAY-Z driving a Lexus with the TVs in them. I removed my Lexus at that time, and I used to be on the lookout for the subsequent neatest thing. It wasn’t a shot at Jay, nevertheless it was simply saying that’s the minimal you gotta have,” Nas instructed Complex. “It’s not a shot at him however he impressed that line.” Jay seemingly shot again at Nas on “The place I’m From,” rapping, “I’m from the place n—– pull your card, and argue all day about/Who’s the very best MC’s, Biggie, Jay-Z, and Nas.” Some would declare that Roc-A-Fella artist/Jay-Z protégé Memphis Bleek was introduced in to feud with Nas, however issues went problematic when Nas dropped the “Stillmatic Freestyle.” Together with the unlucky homophobic insults, Nas referred to as out the “pretend king of New York,” earlier than rapping, “You exhibit, I rely off whenever you pattern my voice / I rule you, earlier than, you used to rap just like the Fu-Schnickens / Nas designed your Blueprint, who you kidding?”

Jay-Z, Nas, and DJ Khaled — all on the identical observe. (Shutterstock)

The stress from Nas noticed Jay reply with “Takeover,” first as a freestyle after which as a cultured observe on 2001’s The Blueprint. “That’s why your (lame!) profession’s come to an finish / it’s solely so lengthy pretend thugs can fake,” rapped Jay on the observe. “ So yeah, I sampled your voice, you was utilizing it unsuitable / You made it a scorching line, I made it a scorching music (Woo!).” It was thought-about a deadly blow – till Nas unleashed “Ether” off his 2001 album, Stillmatic. “I acquired this, locked since 9-One (1991), I’m the truest/ Title a rapper that I ain’t influenced,” he rapped. Nas would then insinuate that Jay copied his fashion and offered out. “Y’all n— take care of feelings like bitches/ What’s unhappy is I really like you trigger you’re my brother, you traded your soul for riches.”

Most gave the spherical to Nas, however Jay-Z fired again with “Supa Ugly,” which noticed Jay brag about an alleged three-year affair with Nas’ girlfriend on the time, Carmen Bryan (Jay bragging about affairs appears odd within the post-Lemonade period, however these had been the early 2000s.) Most listeners thought the response was weak, and Jay’s personal mom referred to as him and instructed him to apologize. “Mother put in a name and stated, ‘That went too far.’ And he or she’s by no means, ever referred to as me about music,” stated Jay, per HipHopDX. “So I used to be like ‘Okay, okay, okay. I’ll go shut it down.’”

It acquired shut down – seemingly for good – in 2005. Jay and Nas buried the hatchet throughout Energy 105.1’s Energy Home live performance, per Billboard. Jay instructed that an earlier reunion between Diddy and rapper Lox/D-Block had impressed him, and he introduced out Nas “to deafening applause.” The 2 stood subsequent to one another for 2 minutes of cheers earlier than launching right into a fifteen-minute set that included “The World Is Yours,” “Road Goals,” and extra.

So, when are we getting the JAY-Z/Nas Verzuz?


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