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-- by Shaheem Reid, with additional reporting by Sway Calloway and Curtis Waller

About to perform his first New York show in years, Nas — a rhyme slinger so revered he's been dubbed king of the streets, king of New York and king of rap — waited in the wings at a fan appreciation concert sponsored by radio station Hot 97.

Onstage, pioneering rapper and "King of Rock" DMC emphatically addressed the crowd of excited onlookers who flooded Webster Hall. "There's been a lot of people making videos and making money, but Nas has been doing it for so many years, dropping knowledge. Give it up for that man!"

  "Made You Look"
Live from Webster Hall, NYC
DMC continued to urge the crowd to cheer his fellow Queens native, who had just dropped his sixth album, God's Son. "It ain't about what he got or what he had, he's trying to educate y'all muthaf---as. I don't care what they write in magazines, you keep it going."

Only months before, the very same radio station sponsoring his triumphant return to NYC stages had stopped Nas dead in his tracks. He'd planned to lynch a "robot" of Jay-Z while performing the dis song "Ether" at Hot 97's annual Summer Jam festival, but "they shut that down," Nas said. "It was for fun. I had a picture of me and him that we wanted to show on the screen [to send the message that:] 'We had fun tonight. I know y'all love to see a fight, but this is hip-hop music and this is all for love and fun, as crazy as it looks.' "

"That was symbolic of 'God's Son is coming, all these people is the demons,' " Nas would later explain, sitting in Jimmy's Downtown Cafe and reflecting on his mayhem-drenched summer. "I felt like, 'I'm gonna change the game.' I felt like y'all had been bamboozled. I felt like the streets had been lied to. Brothers had fallen down in the garbage can because they're not getting a fair shot [on the radio]. Let's resurrect hip-hop and let's do a Nas radio station. I just wanted to go all the way there."

Though he admits he may have overstepped some boundaries in his battle with Jay, he reasoned, "Rap music was built on 'I'm better than you,' and we just had a full-on clash."

The night of Summer Jam, his clash with Hot 97 led him to boycott the concert, where he had planned on bringing out Rakim and reuniting with the Firm. Instead, he took to the airwaves of ratings rival Power 105.1.

"I'm here to let my people know why I am not at the Summer Jam," Nas said on air. "I been bamboozled, hoodwinked and the whole nine."

  Nas: MTV News report
That was just the beginning of his blistering verbal hailstorm, which carried on for days. Besides scoffing at the mic skills of Cam'ron, Noreaga and Hot 97 DJ Angie Martinez, he jeered Nelly for battling KRS-One, encouraged people to smack Funkmaster Flex and take his chain, and accused Hot 97 of being too political when it came to spinning records.

"My man Buckshot Shorty came to me and said, 'Yo, thanks for what you did. They playing my records now.' Other artists were like, 'Thanks for what you did,' " said Nas, who later went on Hot 97 and apologized. "I mean, me and Flex reconciled. Me and Angie reconciled. I got love for them now. I always did. We just had our moment where I just went on a rampage, but everybody got a wakeup call. We all came to realize there's a lot of feelings involved with this music thing that we love so much."


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