Feelin’ It: A History Of Jay-Z Borrowing Nas’ Lyrics


/ October 29, 2013

Everyone knows that Jay Z has helped himself to plenty of other rappers’ lines, whether Cappadonna or Special Ed (but usually the late great Biggie Smalls). We were spinning Reasonable Doubt the other day when it occurred to us that Jay has even left a few teeth marks in former foe Nas’ rhyme book. So we decided to backtrack and find all of the instances where Jay played like a spotter and lifted some bars from Esco. Take a look and see if we missed any. —Max Weinstein