"using money and status as an excuse not to battle"
His fans do that aswell, Jay throws out loads of subliminals left right and center but when people diss him his fans say they dont warrant a response. Who will warrant a response because some of the people who thew shots at him are well known rappers not underground nobodies?
I like Jay Z but i dont think he is above beefing with people like Game and Wayne when the gauntlet has been laid down, if he beefed with them and won id like him more
I can agree with this. Okay, but let's go through this real quick. Em made a name for himself battling, Game made a name for himself dissing. Wayne had his big breakthrough with 500 Degrees which was a diss on Juvenile. All of these dudes made their career off battling, Jay didn't make his career off battling, his career almost ended because of battling.
I just think Jay's made it clear that he's not about that lifestyle anymore because he clearly has more to lose than those who beef with him. It's not manly or adversarial, but Jay could've lost a great deal with that battle with Nas. He's lucky he had a great team of people behind him to move beyond Ether and make business moves to help him cross over.
I can't imagine him trying to battle now. I think he's still a great lyricist and probably one of the best to enter a booth, but I'm okay if Jay never responds to a beef. That's my personal belief.
That being said, if Jay does ever enter a battle, he's gonna drop some nasty shots. Everyone always forgets this:
Ether hurt him, but this is arguably the ugliest diss track in history. Just nasty. Got AI in a lot of trouble too