Released: 17th December 2001.
Stillmatic was one of the most highly anticipated hip hop albums in some time. Mostly because fans were eager to hear what rebuttal Nas would have for Jay-Z's "Takeover" track. He didn't disappoint, as he responded by absolutely destroying Jigga on the venomous "Ether." He pulls Jay-Z's card on everything from his misogynistic lyrics, to his controversial (alleged) stabbing of a record executive, to his uncanny resemblance to 1970's pop icon Jimmie Walker. It's easily one of the top five diss tracks ever spit.
Fortunately, Nas doesn't dwell on beef throughout the album.