An excellent (and oft-overlooked) point: the focus of Summer Jam that year ended up being on Jay due to Nas' effigy controversy, even though Jay himself was half a world away at the time of the show. Nas, despite having the headlining slot, was relegated to a supporting part in the drama
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Nas was scheduled to be the featured performer at Summer Jam 2002, the annual concert thrown by powerhouse NYC radio station Hot 97, the year after he’d been dissed by Jay at the previous incarnation of the show. He ended up not performing after his request to hang Jay in effigy onstage was denied
Instead, Nas ran over to rival radio station Power 105 and gave a rambling, emotional interview that dissed Jay, Cam'ron, NORE, and others