Jan 26 - Jay-Z On Cam'Ron,Jim Jones & Prodigy:"I'm too far advanced for these dudes."

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Jan 26 - Jay-Z On Cam'Ron,Jim Jones & Prodigy:"I'm too far advanced for these dudes."
 

 
Jay-Z may go to work every day as the president and CEO of Def Jam Records, but he's still an MC at heart and occasionally in practice. So you can imagine what it's like for him to hear all the whispers in the wake of Cam'ron's recent dis record, "You Got It," where he levels a number of accusations at Jigga and even mentions Jay's girlfriend, Beyoncé.

Half the people in the streets are saying that Hov is too big to respond, that he's a CEO now, that he has nothing left to prove on the mic. After all, we've seen how he can slay opponents in battles. But the other half of the street talk says that Hov absolutely has to come back — k!lla was just too disrespectful for Jay to let it ride.

It's a different story when it comes to the former rival Jay recently signed to Def Jam, Nas. The two are in business together and very possibly will be making music together — in fact, Hov says to bet on it. In an MTV News exclusive, Jigga tells Shaheem Reid about his current adversary's challenge, how his truce with Nas came about, and his reaction to Cam'ron's allegations about Jay's former business partner, Dame Dash.

MTV: We haven't even gotten through the first month of the year, and it's already starting — everybody is talking about you and Cam, you and Nas.

Jay-Z: Let's start off with the Nas sh--. I think that's more historical. I think this is Cam sh-- is gonna blow over once his album drops.

MTV: OK. When you and Nas appeared onstage together in October, I was expecting a deal to be announced soon after. But it's taken awhile.

Jay-Z: It took more to work out because he has another album left with Sony, so we just wanted to work with Sony. [The unusual deal finds the two labels collaborating on Nas' next two albums, the first of which is expected to be released in the fall.] We didn't want to make them look bad or nothing like that. It was a delicate deal. He's one of their most important artists.

MTV: Where is Nas at with you, personally and artistically?

Jay-Z: There's a respect there. With respect anything is possible. But you can't just sit down with somebody and be like, "We're best friends!" That's high school. But we're building with that. We kick it and everything, everything is cool. As far as where he's at artistically, I think he's ready to make the album of his life. He feels like he's in a position right now where he can do it. He can go all the way.

MTV: Obviously you guys had been talking before the concert — people even saw you two laughing and joking at Baseline Studios. What was the icebreaker that brought you together?

Jay-Z: That was Mark Pitts, who used to manage Biggie and now manages Nas. He arranged that meeting. He's a friend of mine and he came to me and said, "Will you sit down with Nas?" I said, "Yeah, no problem, of course," because like I said, there's always been a respect thing. I'm sure he probably went to Nas and said, "Would you sit down with Jay?" He probably Don King'd the whole thing. I didn't even ask him that. [He laughs.]

MTV: We talked to Memphis Bleek recently, and he said the concert in October was the first time he'd ever seen Nas in person. He also said that if he'd had the opportunity to sit and talk with Nas before the battle, there might not have been a battle. Do you feel the same way?

Jay-Z: Absolutely.

MTV: Is there a collaboration between you and Nas coming?

Jay-Z: We gonna be in the studio working, so we'll see what happens. I just don't want to do nothing forced. I been through that before with Best of Both Worlds [his two collaboration albums with R. Kelly]. I just don't want to do nothing just [to do it]. But I'm telling you, we're gonna be in the studio and I'm sure the vibe is going to be right. If I had to place some money on it — and I'm a betting man — I would bet on it.

MTV: Who would produce that? You have so much talent on your team: Just Blaze, Kanye.

Jay-Z: I'm going to my team first: I'm going to Kanye, Just. Then I'm reaching out: Timbaland, Dr. Dre, DJ Premier. I'mma give everybody a shot, new producers. I'm accustomed to working with new dudes who got that sound. Hopefully we'll find a new Kanye, a new Just. But I'm going to Just and Kanye first.

MTV: The question was about just one song, but it sounds like you two could do a whole album together.

Jay-Z: Nah, it ain't a [Jay and Nas] album.

MTV: What about a Jay album? It would make sense for you to come back out this year. It's been 10 years since your debut, Reasonable Doubt. [Jay's debut LP] dropped. All your collaborations last year were k!ller, and you said the retirement would be for two years — we have it on tape, you said "two years." Well, it's been two years — nobody can say you're not a man of your word.

Jay-Z: [He laughs.] We're [Def Jam] coming up with so much good sh-- at the start of the year — I ain't gonna lie, I don't want to miss it. We got so much going on, I'm focused on the team and making sure everybody is focused. I'm not even thinking about [putting out an album] right now. But for a second I was like "Damn, I can't let all this good sh-- pass me by. I want some."


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72 comments for "Jan 26 - Jay-Z On Cam'Ron,Jim Jones & Prodigy:"I'm too far advanced for these dudes.""

 12 years ago '04        #2
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MTV: So let's get to Cam. You said you're torn about whether or not to respond to his dis record, "You Got It."

Jay-Z: That sh-- is trash.

MTV: Nobody was really surprised that Cam dissed you. From the outside looking in, it looked like the two of you never really vibed. Has there been animosity between you two for some time?

Jay-Z: I don't really think about it like that. I never thought about it as a problem. It's like, "You don't know me, I don't know you." It didn't cross my mind. I wasn't stuntin' it like, "I got a problem with Cam." I just didn't think about it.

MTV: One of his accusations is that you blocked him from an executive position at Roc-A-Fella years ago, after Dame offered it to him. Do you think that what's led to this?

Jay-Z: He also said he wasn't gonna take the job because he wanted such-and-such amount of money. I really don't think it was anything. He has an album and a movie coming out and he wanted some attention. You can't say it's because I put the kibosh on the [Roc-A-Fella] presidency and then say, "I wasn't going to take the presidency because they didn't offer this amount of money."

MTV: There was so much speculation about who you were going to dis when you announced the "I Declare War" concert last year. Were the Dips people you were going to go at?

Jay-Z: When I went into the "I Declare War" sh--, I was half joking, half making a statement. Maybe I would have some fun. I didn't really have anybody in mind. It wasn't something I was really sitting home thinking about, plotting and planning. Then, later, I was like, [bringing Nas out] — that's way more interesting than pulling out the Summer Jam screen. I did that already.

MTV: Cam kind of put Dame in the middle of this because, on the song, he says he's riding on you for what you allegedly did to Dame. Then in an interview with Hot 97, he said that Dame told him you were looking for photos of the Dips and information to use at the "I Declare War" concert.

Jay-Z: To be honest with you, that's the most surprising thing. That [Cam dis record] is bullsh--, but [the situation with Dame], that is like, wow. It's shocking.

MTV: So were you looking for dirt on the Dips?

Jay-Z: I don't know about that. Like I said, I'm still in shock about [Dame]. That's just crazy to me.

MTV: Have you and Dame talked about it? Do you plan on talking about it with him?

Jay-Z: Nah. Nah. I'm still in shock, to be honest with you.

MTV: Earlier you said you were torn, but a lot of people have been getting at you: Cam, Jim Jones, Prodigy from Mobb Deep. Are we going to hear a "Takeover 2," where you just address everybody?

Jay-Z: Sh--. I'm not in that space. But at the end of the day, I'm a man first — and before I'm a CEO, I'm a MC. It is what it is. At the end of the day, I'm too far advanced for these dudes. [He laughs.]

 12 years ago '04        #3
j55792 
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nas and jay need to put out a mixtape
 12 years ago '04        #4
LordBlanco|M 50 heat pts50
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Good read...
 12 years ago '04        #5
KillaKell_01 1 heat pts
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awwwwww sh*t.......

Jay cookin up that crack!
 12 years ago '05        #6
G_M_D 
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At the end of the day, I'm too far advanced for these dudes. [He laughs.]

Thats funny, but real sh*t-
 12 years ago '05        #7
JimDinO77 14 heat pts14
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uh oh.....
 12 years ago '04        #8
JoeyAvalanche 1 heat pts
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a man, let alone a man like jigga can only take so much bull'ish, let alone so much anticipation and hunger.

he got all these ppl goin at him, he got nas under his belt (prolly in a couple ways :p) and he been fiending for 2 years.

i more spark and its gunna b jigga time all ova again!
 12 years ago '04        #9
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I give it anyday now and we gonna hear some new jay fire
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kamaflage 2 heat pts
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If Jay Z Is A Man 1st Then He Needs To Address Anyone That Is Going At His Man Hood
 12 years ago '04        #11
DJ BlazeOne 4 heat pts
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Basically jay said...I'mma grown man...that beef is just kids stuff. Jay is focused on the label and getting money. For jay to say that cam's record is trash is a far better and deeper dis than Cam's long diss records.
 01-26-2006, 08:55 PM         #12
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 DJ BlazeOne said:
Basically jay said...I'mma grown man...that beef is just kids stuff. Jay is focused on the label and getting money. For jay to say that cam's record is trash is a far better and deeper dis than Cam's long diss records.
maaaaaybe, or just a defense... Props to def jam seems like its poppin 06, Nas gonna popp offf, but personally i hope Jay go at Cam, thats like gettin a slap and playin the bigger man by not startin a f!ght, duude u still got slapped... But still hes CEO so who knows...
 01-26-2006, 09:10 PM         #13
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 waggdagod said:
I give it anyday now and we gonna hear some new jay fire

yep!
 01-26-2006, 09:36 PM         #14
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Like I say , Jigga my man but If you gon call yourself the champ you gotta take on the top contenders. So even though the diss is trash Cam is till a contender....
 12 years ago '04        #15
A.G 27 heat pts27
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man im beginning to think these MTV interviews are fake as fu*k...

This is an exact interview of yesterday with just changed up words.

How many times has Jay-Z been interviewed by mtv in the last 24 hours?
 01-26-2006, 09:55 PM         #16
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uh oh...I got a feeling Jay got something cooked up...it's about to be a wrap for cam. but wait a min..ain't juelz signed to def jam?
 12 years ago '05        #17
rgoins002 1 heat pts
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In this situation, on a moral level, Jay doesn't have to respond. He can be the bigger man and leave everything as is. And I would totally respect Jay. Not responding is the right thing to do. However, I want Jay to respond back, cuz I know that his response would be sooo hot. Jay has to respond. If I could contact Jay, I would right now. I support a Cam diss 100%.
 01-26-2006, 10:08 PM         #18
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good post
 01-26-2006, 10:09 PM         #19
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Jay-Z: To be honest with you, that's the most surprising thing. That [Cam dis record] is bullsh--, but [the situation with Dame], that is like, wow. It's shocking.
MTV: So were you looking for dirt on the Dips?

Jay-Z: I don't know about that. Like I said, I'm still in shock about [Dame]. That's just crazy to me.

MTV: Have you and Dame talked about it? Do you plan on talking about it with him?

Jay-Z: Nah. Nah. I'm still in shock, to be honest with you.

MTV: Earlier you said you were torn, but a lot of people have been getting at you: Cam, Jim Jones, Prodigy from Mobb Deep. Are we going to hear a "Takeover 2," where you just address everybody?
MTV: So let's get to Cam. You said you're torn about whether or not to respond to his dis record, "You Got It."

Jay-Z: That sh-- is trash.

jay-z is a bi*ch and a lying a.ss son of a bi*ch
 01-26-2006, 10:23 PM         #20
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good read...nas joint gonna be crazy
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