Hip Hop has a history of rappers who have had feuds, rivalry and some would say beef, for an ongoing period of time. But perhaps very few are as notoriously known as the 50 Cent and Ja Rule beef.
It’s a beef that on the record has been ongoing for nearly 25 years.
HOW IT ALL STARTED ACCORDING TO JA RULE
The story origins of the beef can differ depending on which side of the story you’re listening to.
Ja Rule will say that it started because of him confronting 50 Cent for being a clout chaser on his song How To Rob where 50 Cent dissed a bunch of rappers, by name.
HOW IT ALL STARTED ACCORDING TO 50 CENT
From 50 Cent’s side it can be said that the beef was further ignited due to Ja Rule and Murder Inc’s CEO, Irv Gotti, having very close relations to the person 50 Cent alleges had him shot, Supreme, aka, Preme.
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50 CENT GOES AT JA RULE
It is without a doubt that 50 Cent, at the least, dimmed Ja Rule’s career when he signed with Eminem and released dissed songs towards Ja Rule and Murder Inc, such as “Back Down,” the mixtape Automatic Gunfire and “I Smell P***y” on the G Unit Beg For Mercy album. And not to mention that previously 50 Cent took shots at Ja Rule on his song Wanksta and other mixtape songs.
At the time when 50 Cent was going his hardest at Ja Rule on wax during the early 2000’s, Ja Rule himself did not respond.
JA RULE’S RESPONSE
Ja Rule says that he did not respond because Murder Inc, his record label, was on federal trial and anything he said could and would be used against him and Murder Inc in the trial.
Therefore when the Murder Inc trial with the Feds was subsiding, Ja Rule released in October, 2004, the song New York, of which he took shots at 50 Cent.
In one of Ja Rules lines in the song he spits: Apprentice you’re fired, you’re no longer desired/ so take off them silly chains, put back on your wire/I’m on fire.
SO, DID 50 CENT END JA RULE’S CAREER?
Fast forward to today 50 Cent, and many of his fans, make statements that 50 Cent ended Ja Rule’s career. And on the surface it can certainly seem that way. Ja Rule is no longer the hit maker that he was in the early 2000’s and his record label, Murder Inc., is definitely not the powerhouse in music that it once was, to say the least.
And during a period of time many people wouldn’t listen to music by Ja Rule because 50 Cent made it seem like they would be soft and tasteless if they did, to say the least.
However, with all the disses and career casualties towards Ja Rule from 50 Cent, did 50 Cent really end Ja Rule’s career. Ja Rule, till this day, continues to have sold out concerts and shows, his music streams on Spotify reach nearly 7 million listeners per month.
What’s your opinion? Do you believe that 50 Cent did end Ja Rules career or not? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
And as always we like to close with a saying, quote or adage and today’s is: BE NOT GLAD AT THE MISFORTUNES OF ANOTHER, THOUGH HE MAY BE YOUR ENEMY.
Now, go forth and change the game!