It's amazing what a few weeks of R&R can do for you. Especially when you're a huge rap star like Jay-Z.
The big kahuna of the Roc recently took a break from the hip-hop industry's never-ending roller coaster by vacationing in St. Tropez. The South of France resort town, a favorite of Europe's socialite set, must have recharged Jay's appetite for competition because, upon returning to New York, he took over radio station WQHT Hot 97 for several hours over a two-day period to sound off on all his naysayers.
For two consecutive days this week, Jay-Z guested on Angie Martinez's afternoon show, speaking out on rumors of civil unrest within the Roc-A-Fella camp — which he scoffed at, insisting, "How could I leave the Roc? I am the Roc" — as well as his falling-out with former mentor Jaz-O (see "Jaz-O Reminds World Where Jay-Z Got His Blueprint"). More significant, though, was Jay-Z's reaction to the ongoing beef with rapper Nas. Echoing a challenge that he made in the current issue of The Source magazine, Jigga suggested that the two rivals settle their differences with a pay-per-view rhyme battle. He added that each party could pony up $1 million for the wager, with all event proceeds going to a charity of the winner's choice.
By day two of Jay's marathon interview, he reported that boxing promoter Don King had already faxed in a proposal to organize the event. Don't call up your local cable-providers just yet, though — as of press time, Nas had not accepted, nor even responded to, Jay-Z's three-rhyme challenge.
Nas is currently in the studio recording his next album with help from Murder Inc.'s Irv Gotti (see "Nas Kills The Speculation: 'It's Murder!' ").
For a history of the beef between Jay-Z and Nas, check out "Nas And Jay-Z: Grade-A Beef."