During a recent interview with Vlad, Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder/silent partner Kareem ‘Biggs’ Burke explained the reason Jay-Z didn’t record a Nas diss over Boogie Down Productions’ classic “The Bridge Is Over.”
Biggs says Jay recorded “Super Ugly” and that on the way home, he had the idea for Jay to record it over “The Bridge Is Over.”
“I was like ‘Yo, ‘The Bridge Is Over.’ He was like, ‘Yeah, that’s it.’ But when we called down to the studio, the song already went to Hot 97. So, they already started playing it so it was already, you know, too late.”
Jay never got the chance to lay a verse down on the beat, but Nas did. On his album Stillmatic, Nas recorded “Destroy & Rebuild” which sampled the hook of the BDP classic. Another diss track in Nas’ catalog, the Queensbridge MC took shots at Cormega Prodigy and Nature. The hook to “Destroy & Rebuild” samples the classic BDP song as Nas raps like Slick Rick while insulting his then-enemies.
Biggs also spoke on “Takeover” and “Ether”:
“‘Takeover’ is better than ‘Ether,’ but ‘Ether’ probably would be better than ‘SuperUgly.’ But, that’s not the battle. The battle really is ‘Takeover’ ‘Ether.’”
The beef between the two rappers is now non-existent. Back in 2014, Nas stated he doesn’t even listen to the track anymore. During the interview, Biggs also spoke on his success in the music game.
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