Hip-hop heads, did you know that the Jay-Z vs. Mobb Deep beef all started when Prodigy heard Hov’s single “Money, Cash, Hoes”?
Prodigy has explained in several interviews that he was offended by the line because Jay-Z was quiet during the whole East Coast–West Coast beef and it was only until it was over that he came out and talked about it.
Meanwhile, Mobb Deep, Capone-N-Noreaga and Tragedy Khadafi as well as the Bad Boy crew were in the thick of it with 2Pac and Death Row.
Not long after, Prodigy started to publicly fire shots at Jay-Z, particularly in an interview with The Source. Jay-Z would respond at Hot 97’s 2001 Summer Jam concert where he would debut the ferocious “Takeover,” dissing Mobb Deep relentlessly.
At the end of the track, Hov tacked on a throwaway line that sparked off a war – “Ask Nas, he don’t want it with Hov. No!”
After that, Nas jumped into beef and the whole situation became Jay-Z vs. Nas, with Mobb Deep thrown to the wayside. The duo’s 2001 album, Infamy, contained the diss track “Crawlin'” which referred to when Jay-Z pulled out Prodigy’s ballerina picture at Summer Jam.