It has been nearly 15 years, but the classic battle between Nas and Jay Z is still brought up in discussion to this day. Recently, Fat Joe spoke with ThisIs50 about his part in the beef, and the Terror Squad leader expressed his frustration over Esco eventually joining Hov at Def Jam without informing him.
“Nas was my man since day one,” said Joe. “So when Nas caught beef with Jay Z, they threw the battery in my back like we got beef with this man.”
He added, “There was bad blood between Roc-A-Fella and Terror Squad for a long time, and next thing I know I seen Nas with Jay Z. It was peace, but it left me in the outskirts. [Nas] didn’t pick up the phone and say, ‘Yo Joe, I’m about to squash it with this man which I would have told him, ‘Go get money’… Now me and these n-ggas are feeling a certain way, because I was repping you hard. I felt abandoned.”
Fat Joe also showed love to Jay Z and Roc-A-Fella Records for their contributions to Hip Hop culture. The Bronx representative made it clear he no longer has any animosity toward the Brooklyn rapper-mogul.