It’s one of the biggest questions on the minds of Nas’ fans, as we get closer to the release date of his Def Jam debut Hip-Hop Is Dead. Jay-Z has already fired back at Cam’ron and Jim Jones via "Dig a Hole" and "Brooklyn High." On the latter, Jay-Z even admits that "Ether"—Nas’ rebound to the Jiggaman’s "Takeover"—strengthened him in the battle department.
Will Nas, a certified lyrical warrior, follow suit when Hip-Hop is Dead drops on December 19? "I’m trying to uplift the unity," Nas told MTV News recently. "You listen to Cam’ron’s dis, that was just pieces of "Ether" put together. You have to make a certain amount of albums to be in the ring with me. You can’t have one album or two albums or went platinum one time, or you may have performed in front of 6,000 people once in your life. You have to be somebody in my weight class. You can’t fight like that. That’s not really a battle.
"But there are spankings I can do," he continued. "Lyrical, verbal assaults I can do on some of you clowns. But the take on this album is more of a unity thing. I don’t really know if I’m gonna let some of those records fly where I do answer a thing or two. Maybe, maybe not…"