Saturday Night Focus – Focus on 50 Cent

50’s Feuds

The feuds of 50 Cent.
See also: Hip hop rivalry

50 vs The Inc.

Before signing with Interscope, Jackson engaged in a well-publicized dispute with rapper Ja Rule and his label The Inc.. Jackson claims that a friend robbed Ja Rule of his jewelry and that Ja Rule accused him of setting it up.[140] 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.[141] 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.[140][142] Rapper Black Child claimed responsibility for the stabbing, saying he acted in self-defense because he thought someone reached for a gun.[143]

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.[36]
In an interview with MTV, Ja Rule acknowledged his defeat against 50 Cent and stated that his 2009 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.”[144]

50 Cent vs The Game

Main article: G-Unit vs. The Game feud
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.[145]

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.[146][147] When the situation escalated, both rappers held a press conference to announce their reconciliation.[148] Fans had mixed feelings as to whether the rappers created a publicity stunt to boost the sales of the albums they had just released.[149] Nevertheless, even after the situation deflated,[150] 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”.[151]

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.[152] 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.[153] 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).[154] 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.[155] 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.[156] However, a couple days later, on Power 106, he stated that the treaty was only offered for one day.[157] 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,[158] and he apologized for his actions during the beef.[159] Tony Yayo said that neither Jackson (50 Cent) or G-Unit would accept his apology.[160] 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 Jay-Z, The Game and Young Buck.[161] 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

50 Cent vs Rick Ross

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.[162] 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.[163] 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.”[164]

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.[165]

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.”[166]

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 his chain.[167]

On January 30, 2013 50 Cent claimed via Twitter that the drive-by shooting that Rick Ross experienced on his birthday two days ago was “staged,” reigniting the feud again.[168]

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