2. "Ether," Nas
By 2001, Jay Z had taken over as the new king of New York's hip-hop scene. He took advantage of his power with the diss track "Takeover" off the album The Blueprint that was aimed at Nas and Prodigy. He called Nas a has-been, leading to the Illmatic rapper's vicious response track "Ether," that goes after Jay Z's talent, looks and street cred. The style and "fuck Jay Z" background repetition was mimicked by Remy Ma on her Nicki Minaj diss track "Shether."