In 2002, Nas was set to hit that Summer Jam stage. He had an elaborate plan in mind for his set, which included a simulated lynching of then-nemesis, Jay Z. The year before, Hot 97′s program director Tracy Cloherty had given the green light to Jay to tear him down on stage, but felt that Nas was taking it too far this year, and put the kibosh on his plans. Outraged, Nas skipped the show all together, and went to another New York radio station and proceeded to tear down Angie Martinez, Funk Flex, Cam’Ron (who filled his now-empty slot with his Dip Set crew and DJ Enuff) and more. This would create a longtime rift with Hot 97, one that wasn’t repaired until his 2006 album, Hip-Hop Is Dead.
The Dip Set beef took on a life of its own, and inspired almost all of their 2002 mixtape, Dip Set Volume 2. Nas’ explosive interview kicks the tape off as the intro, and Cam, Jim, Juelz and the crew continue to ride on him on tracks like “Hate Me Now,” “I Really Mean It” and “Show You How.” 12 years later, though, it’s finally all water under the bridge. Today, Cam posted a photo of himself and his former rival, after the pair were on the same flight from Vegas to New York. A source says they were totally cool, nothing was forced and there was zero tension between the two. Can we get a collab now?!
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