When video surfaced earlier this week of a team of artists building an animatronic likeness of Jay-Z that Nas planned to have hanged at Summer Jam in 2002, many were shocked at the lengths Nas would go to further the then-ongoing spat between the two legendary MCs. They also wondered why, 10 years later, the video had even surfaced.
MTV asked him about the video during a recent interview, and the “Ether” MC declined to even acknowledge the video or the planned incident.
“I really don’t even want to acknowledge it. Everybody’s in a different place. I don’t even want to acknowledge it. I can’t acknowledge that. Jay’s my man, and that’s that, that’s all I’m gonna say,” he said.
It is unclear who is responsible for the leaked video or why it was released after all this time.
Nas and Jay-Z ceremoniously ended their verbal beef at Jay’s “I Declare War” concert in 2005. Nas subsequently signed to Def Jam Records during Jay’s run as president of the label, and the pair has since recorded together on Nas’ Hip-Hop Is Dead album in 2006 and Jay’s 2007 album American Gangster. The duo also features together on “I Do It For Hip-Hop” on Ludacris‘ 2008 album Theater of the Mind.