Jay Z Or Eminem: Who Had The Better Verse On Renegade

One of the most hotly contested debates when it comes to who had a better verse is on the Jay Z song Renegade featuring Eminem.

This has been debated amongst hip hop heads and aficionados practically since the song was released on Jay Z’s Blueprint album on September 11th, 2001.

There’s much history behind the song and we’re going to get into some of it on this video and see if we can determine who actually had the better verse. Jay Z or Eminem?



One of the theories behind why many people say the Eminem verse was better than Jay Z’s on Renegade is credited to Nas. If you’ll recall when Jay Z’s Blueprint dropped in 2001 Jay Z and Nas were feuding and exchanging diss records at the time.

On the Blueprint album Jay Z dropped his legendary diss record, Takeover. On the song he takes shots at Nas, not subliminally as he had done previously, but by name.

In return when Nas dropped his Stillmatic album 3 months later on December 18th, 2001, he made a whole song addressing his feud with Jay Z, Ether. Nas dissed Jay Z vehemently throughout the whole song.

And one of the most iconic lines on that song that resonates till today is when Nas said “Eminem murdered you on your own s*!t.”

Hip hop fans took that line and ran with it. Whether they were Jay Z fans or Eminem fans that statement made by Nas 3 months after Jay Z dropped Takeover remains a hot topic of debate that seems to have no consensus in sight.

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But if we’ll rehash Nas’s statement, “Em murdered you on your own s*!t,” some people will argue that is a false statement simply because Renegade was originally an Eminem song featuring fellow Detroit rapper Royce Da 5’9.

The Royce Da 5’9 and Eminem version of Renegade can be heard online.

And at that it’s also been said that Renegade was a Royce Da 5’9 song featuring Eminem that was going to be released on Royce’s studio debut album Rock City (2002). However, it’s said Jay Z contacted Eminem for a collaboration and beat and Royce’s verses on Renegade were replaced with Jay Z’s for his Blueprint album (2001).

All of that to say, did Eminem really murder Jay Z on his own song when the song originally belonged to Eminem?

Eminem already had his verses laid down and Jay Z laid his afterwards replacing Royce Da 5’9s lyrics.

So would it be fair to say that Nas’s line “Eminem murdered you on your own s*!t” isn’t true simply because originally the song was Eminem’s and Jay Z was featured on it? Or is that too much of a stretch given that the song was officially released on Jay Z’s Blueprint album.


And as always we like to close with a saying, quote or adage and today’s is from Jay Z: I’M HUNGRY FOR KNOWLEDGE. THE WHOLE THING IS TO LEARN EVERY DAY, TO GET BRIGHTER AND BRIGHTER. THAT’S WHAT THIS WORLD IS ABOUT.

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