After reading the Rap Genius post about Nas' original, unreleased Ether, I decided to transcribe it. You said it yourself dog, Nas is one of the best She told me your little problem of the day when you slept over However, Steve Stoute chimed in, who was working with Nas on Stillmatic at the time, said "nervous was an understatement." Nas’ classic diss record ‘Ether’ originally featured lyrics about Aaliyah’s fatal 2001 plane crash, according to a longtime collaborator of the Queensbridge MC. And as hard as it seems Come out and play like “warriors” "He calls me in, the album is about to go to mastering and I go to the studio and he plays me Ether. He mentions that around the same time, he and Jay had a budding friendship but he felt betrayed after hearing "Takeover." In other news, producer Salaam Remi has released a new song that features Nas and some posthumous Amy Winehouse vocals. Don't need to search for some dirt to expose you Who said I that I ain't still nasty? "I was nervous, I thought Nas' career was over," Stoute said. You know that I fathered your dreams Talking to Vlad TV, Large Professor, who has produced many records for Nas including three of the 10 songs on the rapper’s debut album ‘Illmatic’, remembered some of the original lines from ‘Ether’ where Nas dissed Jay by referencing Aaliyah: “Sorry Aaliyah/ I’m sorry it was you in the plane crash/ It should’ve been Jay… Dame Dash.”. The half man half-amazing I understand, all your plans to underhand Your game's over He admitted that Nas' personal life was conflicting with his professional life. You was a groupie always begging to be part of my team But you bit the hand that fed you Mad 'cause since I met you I never did respect you Nas - Ether (The Original Version) Large Professor Confirmed.. Large Pro said there was a more "Malicious" version produced by Swizz Beatz & featured the line, "It should've been you in that plane crash" (referring to the plane crash Aaliyah died in) If this shit comes out, you're career is over," Stoute recalled, "And he made the record. Is this fucked up? His career has spanned for decades and he's been involved with some of the biggest rappers in the game such as Jay-Z, Nas and Kanye West. That's why your stomach too weak to swallow So you call yourself a God MC, Jay-Hova Around the same time, the two of them weren't on speaking terms and Stoute wouldn't hear what Nas has been working on for the album until a day before it was sent for mastering. “[Nas] took the crux of the idea of that first one he did with Swizz, and then kind of did a re-edit with the Ron Browz joint,” Large Professor added, after explaining that Swizz’s beat was faster and noisier than the final version. Stoute later applauded the Jay-Z and Nas for coming out of the beef on proper terms without any actual violence occurring. This site uses cookies. Regardless, the single itself had Stoute nervous for Nas' career. you phony 'Cause real recognize real and you're not familiar The real truth that Nas is the greatest of all timers [?] ", Stoute said despite the fact that he and Nas weren't even on good terms at the time, he took off his jacket in the studio and told them they had to fix it. Large Professor was even name-checked on ‘Takeover’ when Jay rapped: “I showed you your first tec on tour with Large Professor/ Then I heard your album about your tec on the dresser.”. "Ether" is a diss song by hip hop recording artist Nas, from his 2001 album Stillmatic. The song was a response to Jay-Z's "Takeover", a diss track directed towards Nas and Prodigy. Don't need a fam', Nas is a one man invasion This is the original track which was in retaliation to Jay-Z’s brutal Takeover. After reading the Rap Genius post about Nas' original, unreleased Ether, I decided to transcribe it.

Claim you hot but you flopped with your R.O.C-familia, Call yourself gangsta' but you were begging for pardon, Rap Genius post about Nas' original, unreleased Ether, I decided to transcribe it. [Verse 2] Once the topic came up in their conversation, Tone admitted that Jay-Z's "Takeover" had him nervous for Nas, even going as far as saying he thought "Nas was done" after seeing it at the Summer Jam stage and watching him perform it live. Another case of a boy and his teacher Till Pun put a gun to your chest Released in December 2001, Nas’ ‘Ether’ shook up the rap world. Nas' original version of 'Ether' featured lyrics referencing Aaliyah's death. I was the shepherd that led you Let me make this clear Hova So what you capitalized, only cause I allowed

Tried to front on their checks Aaliyah died in 2001 when shortly after leaving the Bahamas following a video shoot the plane she was travelling on crashed after takeoff. © 2020 NME is a member of the media division of BandLab Technologies. But there was a different version with the same beat that was terrible, it was horrible. You're a makeover So kill all that noise that you're preaching Claim you hot but you flopped with your R.O.C-familia Aimed at then rival Jay-Z as a direct response to his diss record ‘Takeover’, according to producer Large Professor there was an earlier version of ‘Ether’ that was produced by Swizz Beatz and featured a set of different lyrics. Elsewhere in the interview, Large Professor admitted that he felt Jay-Z’s ‘Takeover’ was better musically than ‘Ether’ and used history and facts to get at Nas, whereas ‘Ether’ was purely driven by rage. Beyoncé and Jay-Z (aka The Carters) – ‘Everything Is Love’ review, Salaam Remi has released a new song that features Nas and some posthumous Amy Winehouse vocals. I'm coming to collect the debt from the years that you owe me Nas' Original Version Of "Ether" Was Terrible, According To Steve Stoute By Aron A. November 23, 2017 21:44 30K Views 7 2 32 Steve Stoute recalls the story behind Nas… Crossed the warpath of a brave soldier And reclaiming my throne Studied my blueprint then pieced together your formula How you planned on facing Taken from Remi’s upcoming compilation ‘Do It for the Culture 2’, Winehouse’s vocals on ‘Find My Love’ were reportedly recorded during a jam session several years ago. This track has harder disses and gets more personal than the released and edited version of Ether. By using this site, you agree to our: Stream Fabolous & Jadakiss' "Friday On Elm Street". Call yourself gangsta' but you were begging for pardon Aside from being good friends with Jay, she was engaged to the Roc Nation rapper’s business partner Dame Dash at the time of her death. It's like 2 in morning. You had my left overs Steve Stoute's been in the game for years and is one of the most prominent moguls in the game. He recently paid a visit, alongside Tone of Trackmasters, to N.O.R.E and DJ EFN's "Drink Champs" podcast where they got real deep about one of Nas' "Ether.". Guess the knowledge I speak too deep to follow This is it, I'm calling ya' And like, it was the proper response for what he was in.". "This is a mess. The Ron Browz-produced track is often discussed as one of the best diss records of all-time. My protege trying to Takeover However, he said he gave Nas' the beat for "Ether" for the sake of him using it for his album but he said Nas wasn't feeling it. Aired threats of you pullin' my card next Summer Jam But that's another subject homie The world's defining voice in music and pop culture since 1952. You could watch the full interview here and the "Ether" story around the 41:30 mark : Get the hottest music, news and videos delivered directly to your inbox.

[Verse 1] The existence of an alternate version of “Ether” was first brought to light by producer Large Professor on ThisIs50 Radio back in 2012. Drunk the glass of blasphemy and forgot to pray over [NOTE: Lyrics are not complete] Fuck skeletons, keep only weaponry in my closets. I was the first to poison your speakers

And he uses that beat," Stoute said, "The fact that he called me to the studio the night before mastering was because he wanted me to hear, like 'Did i go too far? I leave it up to the flow dispose you I'm taking aim at your dome

That night in Carbon, when Terror Squad flipped on your squadron When I oppose you He actually managed Nas earlier in his career and was around during the whole Jay-Z/Nas mega beef that occurred. Nas' Original Version Of "Ether" Was Terrible, According To Steve Stoute.

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