Beef in Hip-Hop
The hip-hop world is a constant struggle, and at times seems like war. Vicious rhymes are being thrown back and forth daily from rappers trying to prove their street credibility. 50 Cent and Ja Rule, both products of the mean streets of southeast Queens came head to head in early 2000. The violence between the two have helped to sell records. But when is the price too high? Violence, both verbal and actual, has been escalating to a level not seen in a while in these hip hop fueds. 50 Cent also Curtis James Jackson III was apart G-Unit. Ja Rule also known as Jeffrey Atkins was apart of Murder Inc. In Ja Rule’s “Blood in My Eye”, the violence is verbal—“I’ll probably go to jail fo’ sending 50 to hell”—but a few years before, it was physical. In March 2000, outside the Hit Factory studio on West 54th Street, 50 Cent was beaten and stabbed by Lorenzo, his brother Christopher, and a Murder Inc. rapper named Ramel “Black Child” Gill. The feud between the two has even drawn bad blood between other rappers, D.J.’s, and many hip-hop publications; The Source (anti–50 Cent) and XXL (pro) have been denouncing each other in editors’ letters and burning copies of each other’s magazines. It’s even spread to other continents: In July, a member of Ja Rule’s posse threatened to break the neck of a D.J. in Durban, South Africa, just for playing 50 Cent’s song “21 Questions” after Ja Rule’s set. 50 Cant feels that his real street credibility gives him unimpeachable authenticity, separating him from hip-hop’s fake gangstas, whom he derides as “wankstas.” “I think the industry would prefer a studio gangsta rather than someone who actually comes from that background, because it’s less of a risk,” 50 told me. “ ’Cuz you’re investing money in this person as an artist—and shots could go off.” For many years this went on until it finally fuemed out.
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