50 Cent feuds

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American rapper and record producer 50 Cent, Curtis James Jackson III, is known for being engaged in feuds with other rappers, including Ja Rule, Nas, Fat Joe, Jadakiss, Cam'ron, Puff Daddy, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, and former G-Unit members The Game and Young Buck.

Murder Inc.[edit]

Before signing with Interscope, Jackson engaged in a well-publicized dispute with rapper Ja Rule and his label Murder Inc.. Jackson claims that a friend robbed Ja Rule of his jewelry and that Ja Rule accused him of setting it up.[1] However, Ja Rule claimed the conflict stemmed from a video shoot in Queens because Jackson did not like seeing him "getting so much love" from the neighborhood.[2] In March 2000, while at The Hit Factory studio in New York, Jackson had an altercation with Murder Inc. associates. He was treated for three stitches after receiving a stab wound.[1][3] Rapper Black Child claimed responsibility for the stabbing, saying he acted in self-defense because he thought someone reached for a gun.[4]

An affidavit by an IRS agent suggested that Murder Inc. had ties to Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff, a New York drug lord who was suspected of being involved in the murder of Jam Master Jay and the shooting of Jackson. An excerpt of the affidavit read:

The investigation has uncovered a conspiracy involving McGriff and others to murder a rap artist who has released songs containing lyrics regarding McGriff's criminal activities. The rap artist was shot in 2000, survived and thereafter refused to cooperate with law enforcement regarding the shooting. Messages transmitted over the Murder Inc. pager indicate that McGriff is involved in an ongoing plot to kill this rap artist, and that he communicates with Murder Inc. employees concerning the target.[5]

In an interview with MTV, Ja Rule acknowledged his defeat against 50 Cent and stated that his new album, The Mirror, will not be continuing any past feuds that he has engaged in. He said: There was a lot of things I wanted to say, and I didn't want there to be any bitter records on the album. Because I'm not bitter about anything that happened [in the past few years].

In May 2011, it was confirmed that both Ja Rule and 50 Cent squashed the feud. Ja Rule said "I’m cool. We ain’t beefing no more. We’ll never collaborate. That’s just what it is. You don’t have to be at war with somebody, but it’s also kind of like U.S. and another country that they may not get along with. We don’t gotta go to war, but we’re not friends either. But we can coincide inside of a world. He’s doing him, and he’s not thinking about me, and I’m doing me and I’m not thinking about him." On November 18, 2013 they appeared to be on the same flight with no problems on board. [6]

Fat Joe, Nas & Jadakiss[edit]

Before releasing The Massacre, Jackson recorded a song "Piggy Bank", a response to Ja Rule's song "New York", which was leaked before the album's release. The song takes aim at rappers including Fat Joe, Nas, and Jadakiss.[7] Fat Joe responded with a song, "My Fofo", accusing Jackson of taking steroids, hiding in his home, and being jealous of The Game. Jadakiss also responded with a song, "Checkmate", and said that Jackson was trying to "create a buzz for his new album".[8] The "Piggy Bank" music video portrays animated caricatures of Jadakiss (as a Ninja turtle), Fat Joe (as King Hippo from Mike Tyson's Punch-Out), Nas (as a kid chasing a "milkshake" truck in a Superman costume), and The Game (as Mr. Potato Head). He also disses all of them on the beef version of his single "Window Shopper"[9] Kelis, Nas' then-wife, responded to the song on her single "Bossy".[citation needed] Nas later responded with "Don't Body Ya Self (MC Burial)." Nas later dissed 50 on the song "Street Ridaz" on Game's mixtape "Brake Lights". The feud between Nas seems to have ended, however. In January 2014 the beef between Fat Joe and 50 Cent ended after the death of their mutual manager Chris Lighty, and appeared on a track titled "Free Again".

Sean Combs[edit]

Jackson spoke negatively about Bad Boy Entertainment mogul Sean Combs and recorded a song, "Hip-Hop", revealing the reasons behind his negative feelings: primarily, a contract dispute over Mase. In the song, he implied that Diddy knew about The Notorious B.I.G.'s murder and threatened to expose him through former associates.[10] The feud was resolved, with both rappers appearing on MTV's TRL and Sucker Free, respectively, stating that there were no longer problems.[11] The feud reignited in 2010 with 50 Cent dissing Diddy, saying his music "sucks".

Their feud was again reignited at the 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards. 50 Cent was seen getting in a confrontational argument with Diddy backstage. 50 Cent was overheard calling him a "bitch nigga" multiple times. Diddy reportedly walked away saying "I got too much money for this".[citation needed]

Chamillionaire & Master P[edit]

In 2007, in an interview 50 Cent was asked why he doesn’t stop cursing in his music such as artists like Master P & Chamillionaire. 50 Cent responds “those guys don’t sell records”. When 50 Cent was told Chamillionaire is a platinum selling artist, 50 Cent dissed them by saying “well go tell him to go do gospel records then if he’s so f**kin’ righteous. I can write around the curses if I want to, but you can't tell me to write around the curses. First of all, there's a clean version of the record available anyway, if people don't want to hear that content."” [12]

Chamillionaire, replied in a vlog; "I'm not about that anymore, I don't want to deal with all that." Chamillionaire stated that he isn't here to play games.[13] Master P also responded in the same way Chamillionaire responded. He said; "Curtis Jackson's comment motivated me. There are a lot of immature people in the world. Oprah Winfrey is absolutely right, we need to grow up and be responsible for our own actions. I paid for Curtis's first rap tour through the south. He was such a humble guy at the time. Most artists' mission is to sell records. My mission is to help save and change lives." [14]

Cam'ron[edit]

On February 1, 2007, Cam'ron and Jackson had a live argument on The Angie Martinez Show on Hot 97 radio. Jackson commented that Koch Entertainment was a "graveyard", meaning major record labels would not work with their artists.[15] Cam'ron then ridiculed the record sales of G-Unit members Lloyd Banks and Mobb Deep by stating that Jim Jones outsold their albums despite being signed to an independent label and that his group, The Diplomats, had a distribution deal from several labels.[15] Both rappers released "diss" songs with videos on YouTube. Jackson suggested in "Funeral Music" that Cam'ron is no longer able to lead The Diplomats and that Jim Jones should take his place. Cam'ron responded with "Curtis" and "Curtis Pt. II", in which he makes fun of Jackson's appearance, calling him "a gorilla, with rabbit teeth".[16] Jackson responded by releasing "Hold On" with Young Buck.

The Game[edit]

Although he was close with The Game, before The Game released his debut album The Documentary, they soon became at odds. After its release, Jackson felt The Game was disloyal for saying he did not want to participate in G-Unit's feuds with other rappers and even wanting to work with artists they were feuding with. He also claimed that he wrote six songs on the album and was not receiving proper credit for his work, which The Game denied.[17]

50 Cent performing at a concert in 2007

Jackson later dismissed The Game from G-Unit on Hot 97 radio. After the announcement, The Game, who was a guest earlier in the evening, attempted to enter the building with his entourage. After being denied entry, one of his associates was shot in the leg during a confrontation with a group of men leaving the building.[18][19] When the situation escalated, both rappers held a press conference to announce their reconciliation.[20] Fans had mixed feelings as to whether the rappers created a publicity stunt to boost the sales of the albums they had just released.[21] Nevertheless, even after the situation deflated,[22] G-Unit criticized The Game's street credibility. The group denounced The Game and announced that they will not be featured on his albums. During a Summer Jam performance, The Game launched a boycott of G-Unit called "G-Unot".[23]

After the performance at Summer Jam, The Game responded with "300 Bars and Runnin'", an extended "diss" aimed at G-Unit as well as members of Roc-A-Fella Records on the mixtape You Know What It Is Vol. 3. Jackson responded through his "Piggy Bank" music video, which features The Game as a Mr. Potato Head doll and also parodies other rivals.[24] Since then both groups continued to attack each other. The Game released two more mixtapes, Ghost Unit and a mixtape/DVD called Stop Snitchin, Stop Lyin.

Jackson posted a cover of The Game's head on the body of a male stripper for "Hate It or Love It (G-Unit Radio Part 21)" mixtape, as a response to The Game displaying pictures of G-Unit dressed as Village People.[25] Although he was signed to Aftermath Entertainment, The Game left the label and signed with Geffen Records to terminate his contractual obligations with G-Unit (although others claim Jackson pressured Dr. Dre to kick him off).[26] G-Unit member Spider Loc had also began to insult The Game on various songs. In addition, The Game released "240 Bars (Spider Joke)" and "100 Bars (The Funeral)" both attacking G-Unit, Spider Loc and others. Jackson's response was "Not Rich, Still Lyin'" where he mocks The Game.[27] Lloyd Banks replied to the Game on a Rap City freestyle booth session. The Game quickly released a "diss" record called "SoundScan" where The Game pokes fun at Lloyd Banks' album Rotten Apple falling thirteen spots on the Billboard 200 chart and disappointing second week sales. Lloyd Banks replied on his mixtape Mo' Money In The Bank Pt. 5: Gang Green Season Continues with a song called "Showtime (The Game's Over)". Lloyd Banks states that Jackson wrote half of The Game's first album The Documentary and pokes fun at The Game's suicidal thoughts.

In October 2006, The Game extended a peace treaty to Jackson, which was not immediately replied to.[28] However, a couple days later, on Power 106, he stated that the treaty was only offered for one day.[29] On The Game's album, Doctor's Advocate, he claims that the feud is over on a few of the songs.

In July 2009, The Game stated the beef was squashed with help from Michael Jackson and Diddy,[30] and he apologized for his actions during the beef.[31] Tony Yayo said that neither Jackson (50 Cent) or G-Unit would accept his apology.[32] Since then, The Game continued his old "G-Unot" ways at live concerts. Jackson released "So Disrespectful" a diss song on Before I Self Destruct targeting The Game and Young Buck.[33] Game later responded with the song "Shake", poking fun of the music video for 50's single "Candy Shop", quote, "Me and 50 aint agreeing on shit so I had to (Shake) Aint no telling what he putting in that protein (Shake) Seen the candy shop video look at this nigga (Shake) And thats the same shit that made the nigga Young Buck (Shake)". He also takes shots at Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo, in which he says, "I'm surprised that Lloyd Banks and Yayo didn't (Shake) Wasn't selling no records Jimmy Iovine said (Shake)". Game also dissed G-Unit several times on the song "400 Bars".

In September 2011, 50 Cent dissed Game on the song "Love, Hate, Love", in which Game responded to on his twitter, saying he was going to diss him back after his tour was finished, quote:

[@50Cent I'm on tour doin shows but as soon as @avanterose find a studio for me i'm killin yo "Planet of the Apes" face havin ass nigga

Rick Ross[edit]

In January 2009, Rick Ross started a feud with 50 Cent because he supposedly looked at him the wrong way at the BET Awards. However, Jackson told news sources that he did not even remember seeing Rick Ross there.[34] In late January, a track entitled "Mafia Music" by Rick Ross, leaked onto the Internet. There were several lines that seem to diss Jackson. Days later, Jackson released "Officer Ricky (Go Head, Try Me)" in response to Rick Ross's disparaging remarks on his "Mafia Music" song. The next day Rick Ross appeared on Shade 45, and told Jackson to come up with something better in 24 hours.

Before going to Venezuela, Jackson uploaded a video entitled "Warning Shot", where he warns Rick Ross: "I'ma fuck your life up for fun". In addition, Jackson released the first of a series of "Officer Ricky" cartoons. Early February, Jackson once again made a video which he uploaded to YouTube where he interviews "Tia", the mother of one of Rick Ross's children. She verifies his being a correctional officer and claims his whole persona is fake and fraudulent.[35] On Thursday, February 5, 2009, The Game, who Jackson has a long-standing "beef" with, called up Seattle's KUBE 93 Radio Station. When asked about the beef between Jackson and Rick Ross, The Game sided with Jackson and said that things are not looking good for Rick Ross. However, he offered to help Rick Ross get out of this situation, stating "Rick Ross, holla at your boy, man," and "50 eating you, boy."[36]

On his album Deeper Than Rap, Ross references Jackson in the song "In Cold Blood". A video for the song was released that portrayed Jackson's mock funeral. Upon release, Ross stated that he has ended Jackson's career.[37]

In an interview, Jackson said: "Rick Ross is Albert From CB4. You ever seen the movie? He's Albert," he added. "It never gets worse than this. You get a guy that was a correctional officer come out and base his entire career on writing material from a drug dealer's perspective such as "Freeway" Ricky Ross."[38]

Their feud was reignited recently at the 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards. Members of G-Unit (Kidd Kidd, Mike Knox, Tony Yayo) and 50 Cent are seen on video beating up Gunplay, a member of Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group. Gunplay's Maybach Music diamond necklace was also taken during the brawl. Days later, 50 Cent made an appearance at a Bowling Alley in Washington D.C. sporting the victims chain.[39]

Lil Wayne[edit]

After hearing word that Lil Wayne had prepared a song for him after 50 made some unkind remarks, 50 lashed out at Wayne first on August 17, 2007 with the song "Part Time Lover".[40] Wayne never really responded to the song, although a 50 Cent diss track called "Louisianimal" did leak much later on November 17, 2008.[41] Jackson responded to Lil Wayne in January 2009 in a song entitled "Play This On The Radio".[42] As of August 14, 2009, the controversy between Jackson and Lil Wayne seems to have ended after Jackson appeared and performed at Lil Wayne's America's Most Wanted Musical Festival stop in Anaheim, California.[43]

G-Unit members 40 Glocc, Village Boo & Spider Loc decided to take the feud with Lil Wayne to the next level in mid-2008. Lil Wayne and Birdman are seen on video being surrounded and taunted on a One-Way street by the G-Unit members and their entourage after leaving Wayne's "Got Money" video shoot in L.A.. Since Wayne and Birdman did not step out of the vehicle, it is still unclear whether or not the people in the car were actually in fact Lil Wayne and Birdman, or if the video was staged event.[44]

A month later, a video on YouTube surfaces of G-Unit members 40 Glocc and Village Boo holding Young Money chains. They claim to have been snatched from Lil Waynes closely associated Young Money artist Tyga. The Chains were eventually bought back by Lil Wayne. 40 Glocc explains why the chains were taken from Tyga. "Lil Wayne dissed the whole crip card on a song worldwide," 40 says. "He said if you ain't swoop gang, you are under water food chain ... meaning a (crab). That's real live bangin' on wax if you ask me, so I had to expose the chumps. Especially after the chain got bought back in cash money." [45]


In 2013, nothing else has happened with the 50 Cent and Lil Wayne beef, but it does seem to have been squashed as they have both been spotted together at Floyd Mayweather Jr. boxing fights. 50 even wished Wayne well after he suffered from a seizure in 2012 and imitated his hilarious deposition videotape in an interview.[46]

Young Buck[edit]

After numerous rumors of a "beef" within G-Unit, Jackson officially dismissed Young Buck from the group, in 2008. He later assured that he was still signed with the label.[47] Numerous slander songs then arose on the internet from both camps, with Young Buck appearing in a music video of former rival The Game.[48][49] Jackson then leaked a taped phone conversation between himself and Young Buck, which showed one of the true reasons for the falling out; Jackson was owed money by the Southern rapper. Young Buck later stated the conversation took place over a year before the leak.[50] The two camps have since released a multitude of songs against each other, with the feud settling down by 2009, with Young Buck stating he's been working on his latest album, which is still to be released under the G-Unit label.[51]

In April 2012, after being ousted from the crew back in 2008, Young Buck has entered talks to work with the label. Days after indicating that he would be open to re-teaming with his old crew at G-Unit Records, Young Buck now confirms that he has begun negotiations with the label about making his return. Buck provided the update in a recent interview stating "I'ma be honest with you," he said, "Finally we're at a point where we're having some kind of negotiations with what they're going to be able to do for us at G-Unit."[52] The Nashville, Tennessee native said he was ready to make his return to music, whether as a part of G-Unit or not. "Y’all are gonna be hearing from me," he said. "I don't want to put a timing on it, but the wait is absolutely over, and we're just trying to figure out what's the best situation for us, where I'm gonna go." Buck stated in an interview after a concert in California April 4, 2012. Young Buck's last album was the 2010 independent release The Rehab. It’s been a rough go for Buck since he was expelled from 50’s crew in 2008, he has run into financial troubles and he recently escaped an attempted drive-by shooting in his hometown. Although it doesn’t look like the rapper has straightened out his relationship with 50 Cent, but he says the label has finally agreed to negotiate. The negotiations may not lead to a new deal between Young Buck and G-Unit, but the rapper remains optimistic and explained that it’s only a matter of time before he ends up finding a place to take his talent.[53][54]

Slim the Mobster[edit]

On August 12, 2012 former Dr. Dre protegee Slim the Mobster went to Twitter to diss 50 claiming that he forced Interscope to stop the promotion and distribution of Slim's album. He implied that 50 had connections to the Feds to prosecute anyone who crossed his path.[55] The beef continued in November with 50 Cent responding that Slim was dropped from Aftermath Entertainment with Slim responding that 50 had an affair with Chris Lighty's wife.[55]

French Montana[edit]

On October 10, 2012, Bad Boy rapper French Montana started a feud with 50 Cent, after mocking 50 Cent's current album sales in an interview with Complex.com. Later on that day, 50 Cent responded to the interview via Twitter, tweeting that French was not in the same league as him and had yet to establish himself as a solo artist. They would then trade insults over twitter.[56]

On November 24, 2012, in an interview with DJ Drama on Sirius XM's Shade 45 radio show, French insulted 50 Cent, calling him a "donkey" and proclaimed that he is the most important person on Interscope, where he and 50 are both signed.[57]

On November 30, 2012, 50 Cent claimed that French Montana helped him put together the 2009 video "A Psychic Told Me" that took aim at DJ Khaled and his family.[58] French Montana would deny this on New York radio station Power 105.1 on the Breakfast Club morning show.[59] Later that same day, French started a sales challenge with 50's upcoming album, Street King Immortal with his, Excuse My French saying that they should release their albums the simultaneously. He also seemed to harshly criticize 50's single "My Life" in another tweet.[60]

On January 11, 2013, the beef seemed to have ended after French was interviewed on Hot 97. He explained the feud by suggesting that 50 and him had no real problem, and that 50 misinterpreted something he had said in an interview and was "probably just looking for anything." French added that 50 already had his time in the spotlight and that he felt "it's my turn now[...] I don't want to go back and forth with him[...] He already did his thing."[61] In March 2013 French confirmed the beef was officially over, and even stated he and 50 might make music together in the future.[62]

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