that "kanye made jay-z who he is today" remark is beyond outrageous. ye laced him with great production albeit, but my god, a brother still gotta rap. "i heard muhfcukas sayin they made hov/ok so/make another hov"
and what is this myth, that big wasn't commercial. BIG was the biggest commercial success hip-hop had seen during his era.
and please, anybody who says Jay bit BIG's style, please back that up with some sort of explanation or evidence. They didn't rap anything like each other.