This past Wednesday (October 5) on “RapFix Live,” Wu-Tang Clan swordsman Method Man and Murder Inc. honcho Irv Gotti graced the infamous red couch alongside host Sway Calloway. As always on the “cornerstone of hip-hop,” Sway got his subjects to open up about their storied pasts and showed true journalistic grit in keeping the interviews fresh as possible.
During Irv Gotti’s portion of the show, the Queens native spoke of his potential signing of legendary rapper Nas and how their nearly inked deal soured the relationship between Irv and former Nas foe Jay-Z.
“It ruined me and Jay a lot,” said Irv Gotti of Nas potentially signing to the Murder Inc. imprint. During the time of the reported deal, Nas and Jay-Z were embroiled in a heated war of words culminating in Nas’ blistering dis track “Ether” and Jay-Z’s “Super Ugly” response. However, Irv Gotti revealed that his interest in Nas was deeper than the Queens borough they both proudly represented.
“I messed with Nas because Hov kept turning me down,” shared Irv of his reasons for going with Nas. Irv explained later in the interview that his frustrations that Jay-Z didn’t immediately latch on to a failed Murder Inc. tour plan fueled his pursuit of Nas with Steve Stoute’s introduction linking the pair – but the Queensbridge lyricist wasn’t moved by Irv’s promise of rap riches. “If you know Nas, the last thing he wants [is that attention],” said Gotti.
Since then Jay-Z and Gotti have patched up their differences after an hours-long discussion in Central Park along with Irv's children, as the mogul told it.
What do you think of Nas nearly signing with Murder Inc.? Do you think that would have been a good fit?