I showed you your first Tec, on tour with Large Professor

from Jay Z – Takeover Lyrics on Rap Genius


Large Professor has confirmed this story in various interviews. The incident took place in Washington DC in the early 90s (back when DC was the murder capital of the US).

Nas and Jay-Z were on the same tour, Nas with Large Pro’s group Main Source and Jay with The Jaz. After the show was cut short by promoters, angry fans followed the rappers back to the tour bus. Taking no chances with the DC crowd, young Hov pulled a Tec-9 semi-automatic from a duffel bag.

We were figuring we were gonna have to knuckle down. Jay came outta nowhere, reaching in his gym bag like, “Don’t even sweat these niggas. I got that.”

We don’t know whether this was Nas' first Tec, but the line is definitely based on an actual event.

Note: Jay’s “Me! That’s who!” in the background is another reference to Tony Montana in Scarface.

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