Saturday Night Focus – Focus on 50 Cent

50’s Feuds Pt2

Fat Joe, Nas & Jadakiss

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.[8] 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”.[9] 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”[10]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”.

Sean Combs
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.[11] The feud was resolved, with both rappers appearing on MTV’s TRL and Sucker Free, respectively, stating that there were no longer problems.[12] 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 “b*tch n*gga” multiple times. Diddy reportedly walked away saying “I got too much money for this”.

Chamillionaire & Master P
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.”” [13]

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.[14] 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.” [15]

Cam’ron
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.[16] 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.[16] 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”.[17] Jackson responded by releasing “Hold On” with Young Buck.

Lil Wayne
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”.[41] Wayne never really responded to the song, although a 50 Cent diss track called “Louisianimal” did leak much later on November 17, 2008.[42] Jackson responded to Lil Wayne in January 2009 in a song entitled “Play This On The Radio”.[43] 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.[44]

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 “Get 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.[45]

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.” [46]

Young Buck
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
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 affiar with Chris Lighty’s wife.[55]

French Montana
On October 10, 2012 Bad Boy rapper French Montana started a feud with 50 Cent from an interview with Complex.com. “Yeah. You can’t beef with people because it’ll scare money away. In the streets you can strong arm people and take money but you can’t do that in the industry,” French said. “I feel like beef hurt him. I feel like it helped Ross unite people,” he explained using 50’s feud with Rick Ross as an example. “That’s why Maybach Music is one of the biggest labels. It just makes sense…Of course, Ross is on his fifth album. And like I said, he’s only getting bigger. This is going to be Ross’ first platinum album. He never went platinum. So when 50 came up, 50 sold 10 million. Then after his first album he just kept on going down. You think 50 could come out and sell 10 million now?” Later that day, 50 Cent responded to the interview via Twitter, tweeting “French Montana you ain’t Shit boy. You out your league talking about me you hoe.i read your little interview what the fucx is you high.” and “French your Shit so weak you never had a song by your self fool. Ain’t nobody’s waiting to hear your verse. Girl.” French responded with “damnnn homie last year u was da mannnnn homieeeeeee wat da fuuuckkk happen to uuuuuu.” 50 however, continued his barrage, retweeting disparaging messages from his followers as well as addressing French himself. “Do you realize this fool @Frenchmontana hasn’t sold one record and talking about sales,” he wrote. “Im not tweeting about this little fool No more. I’m a see him and he gonna explain that’s it.”[56]

Later on November 24, 2012 in an interview with DJ Drama on his Shade 45 radio show, French Montana 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. “You know Donkey ain’t doin’ to good. You know it’s bad over there.” he said.[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. “Frenchie, they got me the tape,” 50 accused when he appeared on Power 106’s Big Boy’s Neighborhood in Los Angeles that morning. “They got me the tape of his mother’s house, where his moms work at, the other cribs, the studios, stuff like that.”[58] French Montana would deny this on New York radio station Power 105.1 on the Breakfast Club morning show.[59] Later that day, French started a sales challenge with 50’s upcoming album, Street King Immortal with his, Excuse My French via Twitter. “@50cent if u really about Dat life lets drop our album da same day and see who sell more u had your turn old man,” he tweeted. He also wrote in another tweet “#Dunkeykong should send @Eminem & @adamlevine flowers for TRYINN to save his career come catch this fade monkey,” in reference to 50’s new single, “My Life.” 50 responded to French in a tweet that said “LMAO @Frenchmontana gonna find out what we already know. Puffy gonna run like a b!tch you on ya own boy.”[60]

On January 11, 2013 the beef seemed to have ended after French was interviewed on Hot 97. “I try to keep it entertaining,” he said, when asked about his feud with 50 Cent. He explained it by saying “Me and him don’t got no real problem. It’s just…I had said something on a interview he read. He’s probably just looking for anything. He read it, sent a Tweet out and I sent a Tweet back. Ain’t no problem with him. 50 is 50.” He then shared some respect for 50, explaining that he understands his success. He then put the feud behind him by saying “Ain’t no beef, man. I’ve been doing good. I had a great year. I want to keep going. That man already did his thing. I feel like it’s my turn now. I don’t want to go back and forth with him. He already did his thing. Now it’s my turn. Let me eat.” [61] In March 2013 French would confirm the beef was over.[62]

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