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Encyclopedia > Ether (song)
"Ether"
Song by Nas
from the album Stillmatic
Released December 18, 2001
Genre Hip-Hop
Length 4:37
Label Columbia Records
Writer(s) Nasir Jones
Rondell Turner
Producer(s) Ron Browz
Stillmatic track listing
"Stillmatic (The Intro)"
(1)
"Ether"
(2)
"Got Ur Self A..."
(3)

"Ether" is the 2nd track on hip hop artist Nas' 2001 album Stillmatic. The song was a response to Jay-Z's "Takeover" - a diss from that rapper towards Nas which appears on Jay-Z's album The Blueprint. Although many critics had believed "Takeover" to be Nas' wake up call in light of his less-celebrated post-Illmatic career, "Ether" effectively ended the battle between him and Jay-Z, winning the majority of votes by callers in a radio poll[1], and proclaiming Nas the victor. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... A song is a relatively short musical composition. ... Nasir Jones (born September 14, 1973), known simply as Nas and formerly Nasty Nas, is an American rapper. ... Stillmatic is a hip hop album by Nas. ... is the 352nd day of the year (353rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Columbia Records is the oldest brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888, and was the first record company to produce pre-recorded records as opposed to blank cylinders. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... Nas (b. ... Rondell Turner, better known as Ron Browz, is a producer of hip hop music whose origin is the New York City neighborhood of Harlem, Manhattan. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Rondell Turner, better known as Ron Browz, is a producer of hip hop music whose origin is the New York City neighborhood of Harlem, Manhattan. ... Stillmatic is a hip hop album by Nas. ... Got Ur Self A... is a single by rapper Nas. ... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... Nasir Jones (born September 14, 1973), known simply as Nas and formerly Nasty Nas, is an American rapper. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Stillmatic is a hip hop album by Nas. ... Jay-Z (aka the Jigga, HOV and Hova, born Shawn Carter on December 4, 1970 in Brooklyn, New York) is an African American rapper/hip hop artist and record label executive; one of the most popular and successful rappers of the late 1990s and early 2000s. ... Takeover is an album track recorded by Jay-Z for his 2001 hip hop album The Blueprint. ... , Diss is a town (population 6742[1]) in Norfolk, England. ... The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ... Illmatic is the debut album by rapper Nas, released on April 19, 1994 through Columbia Records. ... The feud between hip hop artists Nas and Jay-Z received public attention beginning in 2001 and ended sometime in 2005. ...


The word "ether" subsequently entered the hip hop lexicon as a term for a devastating diss, or an irreversible loss sustained during battle by an MC.

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Song

"Ether" is a diss song to fellow New York rapper Jay-Z, who had surpassed Nas in commercial success since 1998 and had dismissed him as a has-been on the diss track "Takeover." Nas responds to Jay's claims by rapping, "I got this, locked since Nine-One(1991), I am the truest/ Name a rapper that I ain't influenced." The song contains numerous gay-based slurs directed at Jay-Z: "When these streets keep calling, heard it when I was sleep/ That this Gay-Z and Cock-A-Fella Records wanted beef," "First Biggie's your man, then you got the nerve to say that you're better than Big/ Dick-suckin' lips, why don't you let the late great veteran live," "You a dick-ridin' faggot, you love the attention/ Queens niggas run you niggas, ask Russell Simmons" and "Put it together/ I rock hoes; y'all rock fellas." In the hip-hop genre, a diss song is a song which has the main purpose of verbally assaulting and insulting a person or a group of people, known as a diss. ... Jay-Z (aka the Jigga, HOV and Hova, born Shawn Carter on December 4, 1970 in Brooklyn, New York) is an African American rapper/hip hop artist and record label executive; one of the most popular and successful rappers of the late 1990s and early 2000s. ... Takeover is an album track recorded by Jay-Z for his 2001 hip hop album The Blueprint. ... Queensbridge Houses as seen from the Queensboro Bridge. ... Russell Simmons (born October 4, 1957 in Queens, New York), is an American entrepreneur, the co-founder, with Rick Rubin, of the pioneering hip-hop label Def Jam, founder of another label, Russell Simmons Music Group, and creator of the clothing fashion line Phat Farm. ...


Nas also attacks Jay-Z's street cred, claiming, "In '88, you was gettin' chased to your buildin'/ Callin' my crib, and I ain't even give you my numbers/ All I did was give you a style for you to run with." He also accuses Jay of selling out, "Y'all niggas deal with emotions like bitches/ What's sad is I love you cause you're my brother, you traded your soul for riches." He had lines regarding Jay's unattractive appearance and accuses him of misogyny, rapping, "You seem to be only concerned with dissin' women/ Were you abused as a child, scared to smile, they called you ugly?" and "Foxy kept you hot, kept your face in her puss/ What you think you gettin' girls now because of your looks?" He also accuses Jay of brown-nosing other rappers for fame: "Your ass went from Jaz to hangin' with Kane, to Irv to Big/ And, Eminem murdered you on your own shit." Not only does he criticize the usage of other rappers' influence for increased fame, he mentions that Eminem vastly outshined him on his song, "Renegade". It was the only Blueprint track with a guest rapping appearance, and many fans and critics feel that Jay-Z was overshadowed by Eminem's visceral, assonant rhymes. Finally, Nas insults Jay-Z's biting of Big's lyrics, "How much of Biggie's rhymes gonna come out your fat lips?". This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Antonio Hardy (born September 10, 1968), better known by his stage name Big Daddy Kane, is a record producer/rapper from the Bed-Stuy section of Brooklyn, New York. ... Irv Gotti (born Irving Lorenzo) (born June 26, 1970 in Hollis, Queens, New York, U.S.A) is a prominent hip hop and R&B record producer and is the head of The Inc. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17, 1972), better known as Eminem or Slim Shady, is a Grammy and Academy Award-winning American rapper, record producer and actor from the Detroit, Michigan area. ... The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ... The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ...


Response

Jay-Z would respond to "Ether" with a radio freestyle called "Supa Ugly," where he revealed that Allen Iverson and himself both had had an affair with Nas' baby's mother Carmen Bryan. Jay-Z's public reaction to "Ether" was something out of the ordinary as he found himself stuttering on the radio after hearing it. He would address the feud more in-depth on the title track "Blueprint 2" from The Blueprint 2: The Gift & the Curse: see Nas vs. Jay-Z and hip hop rivalries. Supa Ugly is a mixtape freestyle diss track from the rapper Jay-Z during the Nas/Jay-Z beef. ... Allen Ezail Iverson (born June 7, 1975, in Hampton, Virginia[1]), nicknamed A.I. and The Answer, is an American professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association. ... The feud between hip hop artists Nas and Jay-Z received public attention beginning in 2001 and ended sometime in 2005. ... Hip-hop feuds and rivalries often referred to as beefs, have existed since the 1970s. ...


Significance

"Ether" grew to be infamous among hip hop circles, becoming synonymous with ruthlessness. Indeed, it has even gained its own slang usage on numerous online hip hop forums (with the term "Ethered" becoming widespread). Also, the background track, frequently referred to as a beat, to the song has become a sort of gold standard for artists. This has led to many different artists releasing freestyles over the beat. One example is Lil' Wayne's "Ether Freestyle". Slang is the use of highly informal words and expressions that are not considered standard in the speakers dialect or language. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Lil Wayne was one of the Hot Boys, an American rap group associated with Cash Money Records. ...


Jay-Z's "Supa Ugly" marked the "official" end of the battle, although references to the beef can be found on Nas' "Last Real Nigga Alive" from God's Son, "U Wanna Be Me" from 8 Mile and "Everybody's Crazy" from The Lost Tapes , and Jay-Z's "Blueprint 2" from The Blueprint 2: The Gift and the Curse album. Supa Ugly is a mixtape freestyle diss track from the rapper Jay-Z during the Nas/Jay-Z beef. ... Gods Son is the sixth studio album of new material by East Coast hip hop artist Nas. ... The Lost Tapes was the sixth album release by Queensbridge rapper Nas. ...


The Jay-Z/Nas beef was beneficial to both men's careers. Stillmatic and "Ether" had marked the reemergence of Nas to the hip hop scene two years after having released Nastradamus, considered by many fans and critics to have been the wackest album in his discography. Many fans still credit the feud with resurrecting Nas' career; while he has not matched the commercial success of It Was Written or I Am..., his work since Stillmatic has generally been better received critically. The battle also boosted Jay-Z's career, giving him much notoriety for having the bravado to attack a fellow legend. Hip-hop feuds and rivalries often referred to as beefs, have existed since the 1970s. ... Nastradamus is the title of Nas fourth studio album for the Columbia Records label, released in November 1999, and is also one of his aliases. ... It Was Written is the second album by Queensbridge rapper Nas. ... I Am. ...


While Jay-Z had attempted to discredit Nas on "Takeover" using pointed, clever lines attacking his street cred and discography after Illmatic, "Ether" is generally regarded as more ruthless. Though both rappers referenced the feud on their follow-up albums, the aforementioned two tracks remain the most known and best-received disses along with Ice Cube's "No Vaseline", Eazy-E's "Real Muthaphuckkin G's" and 2Pac's "Hit Em Up". OShea Jackson (born June 15, 1969) known by his stage name Ice Cube is an American rapper, actor and film director. ... Eazy-E (Eric Wright) (September 7, 1963 - March 26, 1995) was an African-American rapper, record producer, and record executive who initially rose to fame as a member of the group N.W.A.. Born in Compton, California, Eazy-E dropped out of Compton High School while in tenth grade... Real Muthaphuckkin Gs (alternatively Real Compton City Gs) is a 1993 song by West Coast rapper Eazy-E from his album Its On (Dr. Dre) 187um Killa. ... Tupac Amaru Shakur (June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996), also known by his stage names 2Pac, Makaveli, or simply as Pac, was an American artist renowned for his rap music, movie roles, poetry, and his social activism. ... The infamous song Hit Em Up is perhaps one of the most debated rap songs ever created. ...


The feud (or "beef") between the two rappers has since been reconciled, and they have gone on to collaborate on the song "Black Republican," from Nas's 2006 album Hip Hop is Dead. Hip Hop Is Dead is a 2006 album by American hip-hop artist Nas that was released on December 19, 2006. ...


References

  1. ^ http://music.yahoo.com/read/news/12055074

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