And you thought this year’s summer jam was a scorcher…

Once upon a time, the Summer Jam stage played host to beefs that ran a little deeper than real Hip-Hop vs. pop rap, Peter Rosenberg vs. Nicki Minaj (which might be a Pay-Per-View worthy battle). Back in 2002, at the height of his war of words with Jay-Z, the irascible Nas skipped his slated Summer Jam performance and took to Hot 97’s NY rival Power 105 with anger to spare:

“I’m here to let my people know why I am not at the Summer Jam,” he said on former Hot 97’s DJ Steph Lova’s show. “I been bamboozled, hoodwinked and the whole nine … I’m here to let my people know that I was dissed this morning and told what I couldn’t do on the show. Which is really outrageous and shows that the wrong people are in power … It’s really out of hand and I’m not going for it.” (MTV)

It appears that what Nas was told he couldn’t do at the show was lynch an animatronic model of Jay-Z. Check out the video below, which features a special effects company building a robotic (and pretty creepy) model of Jay-Z and an accompanying gallows.