One of the most ambitious and business-minded rappers to ever walk the corridors of Hip-Hop is Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. He grew up in the tough neighborhood of Jamaica, Queens, and could have quite easily ended up as a statistic of inner-city street violence. But armed with determination and endless drive, he made it all the way to the top. He is presently one of the richest moguls in the rap game. However there have been a lot of beefs and fights he’s had to endure to get himself to the top. In this article, we take a look at 50 Cent’s 10 most notorious rap-related beefs. Read on below …
10. French Montana
French Montana has been in the news a lot lately – especially in this past year. So it’s not surprising to hear that he had beef with 50 Cent at one point in time. The whole issue stemmed from a 2012 interview in Complex magazine in which French dissed 50 Cent for having lackluster sales of his latest album. 50 responded by saying that French Montana would never be in the same league as him. The back and forth continued to a Sirius FM interview with DJ Drama in which French Montana called 50 Cent a donkey and claimed that he was the most important rapper on Interscope (the same label 50 was signed to). This one seems to have blown over, because in 2013 Montana appeared on radio and said everything is all good and that they might even make some music together in the future.
9. Ja Rule
There have been many beefs in 50 Cent’s career but arguably the biggest one that started it all was his beef with fellow Queens rapper Ja Rule in the early 2000’s. The beef apparently started from the robbery of Ja-Rule’s chain. The person who stole the chain ended up being a friend of 50 Cent, so Ja Rule naturally thought that 50 Cent was involved in the theft. This beef escalated from there to the point when there was a violent exchange at the Hit Factory Studio in NYC, where 50 Cent was recording at the time. The sad thing about this beef is that Ja Rule was deemed the loser in the public’s eye, and his career never recovered. 50 went on to become a multi-millionaire involved in movies and lucrative business endeavors and Ja Rule has seemed to remain stationery for the most part.
8. Fat Joe
This is one of those rapper arguments that can be described as “Beef by proxy.” It began in 2004 when Fat Joe appeared on Ja Rule’s song “New York” which was supposed to be his big comeback song. The track was well-produced and it featured good verses from Fat Joe and Jadakiss. However 50 Cent ended up taking the approach that anyone who wasn’t with him was against him and as such, he extended his wrath to include Fat Joe as well. He made a song called “Piggy Bank” that addressed all his enemies and Fat joe responded in kind. This beef ended in a respectful way in 2012 when the two rappers came together to honor the recent death of Chris Lighty, a record label manager who was instrumental in both their careers.
7. The Game
After 50 Cent had established himself as a breakthrough rap artist on Interscope records with his debut album in 2003, he decided to put his crew on next. His crew was called G-Unit and it consisted of Lloyd Banks, Young Buck and Tony Yayo. The last member of the group joined in 2004, and he was a West Coast rapper by the name of The Game. But with all the beefs that 50 Cent was getting himself involved in, Game wasn’t necessarily ready to accrue so many enemies so early in his career. A rift appeared with G-Unit and in a short period of time, it escalated into a full-on beef. 50 Cent ended up going to Hot 97 radio in 2005 and saying publicly that Game had been booted from G-Unit because of disloyalty. The Game started a “G-Unot” campaign and over the years, different barbs have been thrown back and forth. This is one that may never get fully resolved because both rappers are successful & made men in their own right.
Rappers are supposed to be tough guys, but for being these hard men of steel, their feelings seem to get hurt pretty easily. In 2007, 50 Cent made a derogatory statement about Koch Records being a graveyard label for artists. At that point Cam’ron and the rest of his DipSet crew were doing a lot of business with that label. Cam’ron took offense to that and a war of words started between Fifty, Cam’ron and the label’s chief Alan Grunblatt. 50 Cent wasted no time and released a dis track called “Funeral Music.” Cam’ron hit back with a response called “Curtis” and the beef was fully on. Cam’ron went quiet after that and in a weird turn of events, members of Cam’s crew Juelz Santana and Jim Jones made some public appearances with the enemy 50 Cent. However in 2011, Cam’ron appeared on MTV’s Rap Fix Live and said that the beef with Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson is in his past and he’s moved on.
In 2005, 50 Cent put out a song that was meant to address all his enemies in the rap game. To the surprise of many, he ended up including Nas also on his hit list. For those who may not be too conversant with the rap game, Nas is pretty much viewed as the untouchable golden child, so it was really disrespectful for 50 Cent to even bring his name up. In the song he made fun of the tattoo Nas had gotten of his then wife Kelis and called him a “sucker for love.” Nas hit back with a song called “Queens Get The Money” in which he called 50 Cent a porch monkey hiding behind 8 Mile and The Chronic (works by Dr Dre and Eminem). Apparently the beef stemmed from all the way back in 2001 when 50 Cent claimed that Nas blocked him from appearing on a Jennifer Lopez song. However at Hot 97 Summer Jam this year, Nas and 50 Cent appeared on stage together at the same time, so apparently the beef is over.
4. Rick Ross
This beef started in 2008, and it’s one of those beefs that started for a totally stupid reason. There’s a reason why spouses and kids should be kept out of disagreements between grown men. This was the cause of the beef that happened between Rick Ross and 50 Cent. In 2008, 50 Cent’s baby mama Shaniqua Tompkins had to leave her house in Long Island due to fire damage. Rick Ross ended up making a joke about the situation in a song. The lyrics were: “I love to pay ya bills, can’t wait to pay your rent / Curtis Jackson baby mama, I ain’t askin’ for a cent / Burn the house down n****, you gotta buy another / Don’t forget the gas can, jealous stupid mother******.” 50 Cent of course took offence and he ended up seeking out Rick Ross’s baby mama and taking her on a shopping trip in NYC to spite the Miami rapper. The beef also included dis’ songs from members of both Ross’s and 50 Cent’s crews, but luckily, it never escalated into anything further.
3. Slow Bucks
This beef is another case of why kids and family members should be left out of rapper beefs. Slow Bucks is the head of a rap crew and clothing brand from the same Jamaica, Queens neighborhood as 50 Cent. 50 Cent has been going through some drama lately with his first baby mama who is the mother of his teenage son Marquise. Slow Bucks was aware of this issue and he posted pics of himself posing with 50 Cent’s son Marquise on Instagram. Fiddy took it as a sign of disrespect, and this past summer at the Hot 97 concert, 50 Cent apparently got his goons to snatch a chain from the Slow Bucks boss. The whole episode was captured on video, but Fifty claimed that he had no involvement in the issue. It seems to have died down for now but this is one that hopefully doesn’t flare up again.
2. Young Buck
It’s really tough being part of a music group, and it must be almost impossible to be part of a rap group because of all the magnificent egos that are at play. With all those dynamics mixed together, imagine if your group was G-Unit and your boss was 50 Cent. In the late 2000’s, the G-Unit collective started to unravel and one of the first to leave the pack was Tennessee rapper Young Buck. At first, it seemed that the reason for his departure was disloyalty by Young Buck, but later it was revealed that Buck owed his boss a lot of money he borrowed to pay his delinquent IRS taxes. Usually when you look deep enough, the problem always comes down to money and that seems like the main culprit of this rift. The crew has since settled their differences and they reunited for Hot 97 summer jam earlier this year.
1. Lil Wayne
This is another feud that 50 Cent can add to all his beefs. The origins of this one are not clear, but it began in 2007 when 50 Cent put out a dis song called “Part Time Lover.” It seemed like that song would go without a response until a leaked Lil Wayne track called “Louisianimal” surfaced later. The feud continued in 2008 in Los Angeles when Lil Wayne and his YMCMB crew were harassed by members of 50 Cent’s G-Unit Crew as they were leaving the set of a video. Apparently some chains were taken from Wayne’s crew and payments had to be made later to retrieve them. However it seems this beef has been settled now and 50 Cent even wished Wayne a speedy recovery after he suffered serious seizures in 2012.