"And then when the 'Takeover' came out, Nas waited. I’ll never forget them bringing the 'Ether' record to my house. People been trying to get at Jay for years, and they were just all unsuccessful. When I got the call -- 'Look, we got this record that’s ‘bout to kill Jay, like his career is over' -- I was like 'Huh, yeah whatever, bring it through.' I was the first person with that record. I played it. The first verse went, I said 'OK.' I heard the second verse, I was like 'ooohhh.' Once I heard the third verse, I was in my house screamin’! Like, 'Yo! Somebody finally got his ass!' Like, I couldn’t believe it.
"And shit, I put that mixtape together, threw that tape out, and I tell you I had people calling me from all over the country to get that tape. It was called Grimey Season 9 ½. The impact of that tape was so crazy, and when I hit the radio with it, it was pretty much over. It was like the world stopped. Back then, if you were to announce that you had a record like that, the whole city would stop. If a person was on lunch break, they were going back to work late. Everybody would be in their car. People would be in offices gathered around the radio. The city stopped.