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1/25/2006 1:22:53 PM
Tags and topics realted to this article include Jay-Z and Camron. Hip Hop, Rap and Beef.
Between the recent acquisition of legendary Queensbridge rapper Nas and the insults being lobbed on wax by former Roc-a-fella VP Cam'ron, Jay-Z has his hands full with the press this week.
Earlier this week reports surfaced that Nas will be entering into a business agreement with President Carter's Def Jam Records. The news should have been expected in light of a reconciliation by the two once feuding rappers at Jay-Z's recent 'I Declare War Concert.' In a recent interview with Jay-Z spoke about how he and Nas were able to put their differences aside.
"Everybody talks about Big and Pac and how that ended," Jay-Z told USA Today. "We talked about showing a different side and what it would mean to the culture of hip-hop. It was bigger than just us and our trivial little beefs. Hopefully, it shows another way."
Speaking of beef, Jay-Z says he's not bothered by all the attention Cam'ron has been paying him with his two recent releases, "You Got It" and "Swagger Jacker," both which attack Hov. However, Jay-Z admitted he is torn "because the artist in me tells me to respond to that immediately." Instead he plans to hold off because he realizes it's Cam's way to attract more media attention for his upcoming album Killa Season.
"I feel like I would be stupid to even pay that any attention, because it's such a ploy," said Jay in an interview with MTV News. "We'll see what happens. Maybe on my time we'll deal with it, but I'm not really pressed. I'm inspired by good artistic shit. Cam's shit is not artistic. There's nothing good about it. Everything about it is an obvious ploy to get attention. Nobody wants to get used. You're just using me. Of course he had to go that far."
Jay went on to say that the most shocking of Cam's claims in "You Got It" involved former friend/Roc-A-Fella partner Dame Dash tipping Cam off to Hov's intentions to embarrass him at a recent concert, since he says he hasn't spoken Dash since they dissolved their business partnership.
"To be honest with you, that's the most surprising thing," Jay said. "I'm still in shock, to be honest with you."
While there are no current plans for any Nas/Jay-Z albums and the jury is still out on whether Jay-Z will even respond to Cam'ron, the Def Jam President says he is looking forward to appearing on at least one cut on Nas' next album, which is slated to be released next September in a joint venture between Sony and Island/Def Jam.
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