Last week, 50 Cent made headlines as he usually does: for causes totally unrelated to his present-day musical profession. “At $15 a pop you may’t lose,” he posted on Instagram together with a screencap of a information story stating he’d purchased 200 entrance row seats to Ja Rule’s live performance in Arlington, Texas, on November 9 — simply to make sure they’d be empty. The phenomenally petty gesture (which we nonetheless have to attend one other week and a half to see if it bears extra meme-able fruit) was the most recent salvo in a beef between the 2 rappers that goes again practically 20 years, stemming from an alleged theft dispute within the late 1990s and quashed in 2011, solely to be revived 4 years later by — what else — Drake and Meek Mill’s personal feud.
50’s personal historical past of pugnacious pettiness is equally prolonged. As you’ll see under, he virtually kicked off his profession sniping at anybody he might see with the bare eye; after a time period within the early 2000s marked by near-death experiences, authorized troubles, and his meteoric ascent with 2003’s debut Get Rich or Die Trying, there didn’t appear to be a single second through which 50 wasn’t biting again towards somebody — or, sometimes, biting first. His strategies of revenge have been intelligent, eye-rollingly silly, good for a shallow chuckle, or criminally despicable, generally unexpectedly. He is aware of easy methods to make a superb villain, a attribute that has since eclipsed his personal musical profession totally.
What follows is an exhaustive-as-possible chronicle of 50 Cent’s public pettiness, which has solely raged forth with rising depth within the always-online period of social media. A couple of fast notes: Besides the abstract of the Ja beef above, the extremely publicized “rivalry” between 50 and Kanye across the time of their released-on-the-same-day 2007 albums, Curtis and Graduation respectively, has been excluded since, arguably, stated rivalry was a publicity stunt meant to gin up album gross sales in an period the place albums merely weren’t promoting anymore. We’ve additionally excluded the numerous, many occasions 50 has merely weighed in on present occasions — his self-insertion within the at the moment ongoing Nicki Minaj–Steve Madden feud is an efficient instance of this, in addition to his opining on Kanye’s admission to having gotten cosmetic surgery.
Oh, and yet one more factor: Don’t blame us when you discover minor slight or two has been neglected right here. The man merely likes to combat on-line, to the purpose the place it’s practically not possible to maintain observe of the targets.
August 1999: Lest you assume 50 Cent’s pettiness wasn’t baked into his profession since day one: His debut single, “How to Rob,” drops because the lead single for his in the end unreleased LP Power of the Dollar (it was additionally featured on the soundtrack to that 12 months’s Omar Epps–LL Cool J crime drama In Too Deep). Over a Trackmasters beat, 50 describes actually robbing a who’s who of widespread musicians on the time, from Lil’ Kim and Jay-Z to Keith Sweat and Kirk Franklin(?!). Wikipedia claims that the tune additionally featured digs at Mariah Carey and ex-husband Tommy Mottola — digs that had been allegedly lifted from the observe after Carey threatened to depart Columbia in the event that they weren’t wiped from the tune. Fact or fiction? Stranger issues have occurred!
February 2005: 50 goes on New York City radio station Hot 97 to publicly excommunicate the Game from his G-Unit group, following an interview the latter gave to the station the earlier week that the previous characterised as “disloyal.” 50 additionally claimed that he saved the West Coast rapper from getting dropped by Interscope and that he authored extra songs on the Game’s debut from that 12 months, The Documentary, than was beforehand reported. Afterward, an altercation between the Game’s entourage and several other people leaving the radio station results in a nonfatal capturing of 24-year-old Kevin Reed of Compton, California.
March 2005: 50 Cent’s sophomore full-length The Massacre is launched, which incorporates “Piggy Bank,” a sensible diss observe aimed toward Ja Rule, Jadakiss, and Fat Joe following the previous’s 50-dissing traces within the earlier 12 months’s single “New York.” “Piggy Bank” additionally licks pictures at quite a lot of rappers starting from Lil’ Kim (once more) and Shyne to Sheek Louch and Nas; the accompanying animated video options extra visible disses to rappers just like the Game, in addition to a pink-hoodie’d rendition of Cassidy getting punched within the face (itself a response to the video for Cassidy’s “B-Boy Stance,” which featured homophobic gags directed at 50).
August 2005: Post–“Piggy Bank,” the confrontation between 50 and Fat Joe escalates, with the latter taking purpose on the former on “My FoFo” (from Joe’s album All or Nothing) and through that 12 months’s Video Music Awards. “I knew Fat Joe would reply first,” 50 states at a pre-VMAs press convention, noting in practically the identical breath that All or Nothing bought a then-paltry 110,000 copies in its first week of launch. “It’s apparent he doesn’t generate the curiosity of most of the people, so he doesn’t generate mine both.”
July 2006: 50 superimposes the Game’s head on a male stripper for his DJ Whoo Kid mixtape G Unit Radio Part 21: Hate It or Love It Verse 1 (the title referring to 50’s verse on the titular Game single).
February 2007: An on-air verbal sparring match with Koch Entertainment’s then-GM Alan Grunblatt on Hot 97 shortly turns right into a feud with Cam’ron, as the 2 argue about album gross sales and business points after Grunblatt passes the telephone to the Harlem rapper. An alternate of diss tracks ensues — 50’s “Funeral Music,” Cam’s “Curtis” — and nothing a lot else comes of it, with Cam claiming the meat was quashed in 2011.
May 2007: “Well, Master P doesn’t promote CDs anymore,” 50 tells a gaggle of reporters throughout a BET press convention when requested his opinion in regards to the No Limit founder’s plans to begin a document label dedicated to releasing information with out profanity or demeaning language towards black girls. “You can inform him I stated it. Cameras rollin’, proper?” The feedback set off an editorial response from P, and 50 would later seem on Rap City in a considerably tables-turning look with P. To be truthful, he did partially stroll again the feedback the next month in a two-part interview with AllHipHop.com …
June 2007: … But naturally, he takes pictures elsewhere at different rap targets, claiming that he punched Ja Rule within the face and referring to Cam’ron as “the very best bowling pin I ever met in my life … You can simply fall again and he simply going to proceed to do issues to make [himself] look loopy.”
September 2007: 50 resurrects his spat with Fat Joe on Rap City, calling him a “coward” for refusing to confront him to his face …
January 2008: … And then does the precise reverse just a few months later with “Southside (Ni**a),” a stray diss observe through which 50 makes an attempt to poke holes in Fat Joe’s allegedly precarious monetary dealings.
February 2008: After Fat Joe fires again with a diss observe of his personal, “I Won’t Tell,” 50 performs the tune throughout an look on NYC radio station Power 105 whereas stating with a smile, “This is formally trash proper right here.”
March 2008: Rick Ross will get caught within the crosshairs of 50’s beef with Joe: “I additionally complimented [Ross] that he had the No. 1 album. I stated, ‘Just don’t stand too near this fats piece of …’” It’s the primary gesture in an extended — and much messier — battle between the 2 rappers.
January 2009: Following Ross’s 50-dissing “Mafia Music” and an alleged private affront on the earlier 12 months’s VMAs, 50 goes on the offensive with two tracks aimed Ross’s manner: “Officer Ricky (Go Ahead Try Me),” the title referencing the earlier 12 months’s revelation that Ross was briefly a corrections officer, and “Warning Shot.” He additionally releases an “Officer Ricky” animated brief that turns right into a semi-recurring collection on 50’s web site.
February 2009: Jeez, what a month: 50 kicks it off by escalating the Rick Ross feud by releasing a video interview with the mom of Ross’s son, through which he additionally takes her buying. As the meat continues, 50 releases (and finally deletes) one other video purportedly spying on DJ Khaled’s home, together with footage of what 50 claims is Khaled’s mom sleeping at a desk with threatening statements. (“You push, I punch. You stab, I shoot,” he later describes his beef technique to Miss Info.) Things couldn’t get any pettier and grosser …
March 2009: … And then, invariably, they do. Along with the fourth installment of the “Officer Ricky” animated shorts, 50 releases a trailer for a purported intercourse tape between Ross and the mom of one other of his kids, Lastonia Leviston. A couple of days later, he posts the entire thing, with added commentary from 50 himself. Pretty despicable! Unsurprisingly, Leviston would go on to sue 50 the next 12 months for emotional misery and unauthorized use of her face or picture.
September 2009: “Did 50 Cent Throw a Jab at Jay-Z on ‘Flight 187’?” screams an MTV News headline speculating about 50’s observe from the mixtape The 50th Law (which can also be the title of his junk-philosophy guide co-authored by junk-philosopher Robert Greene). “Jay rockin’ that Urkel look, isn’t he from Marcy?” he spits on the reduce, “They say he rising dreads and now he’s speaking like a Yardie.” Per week later, 50 tells the outlet that the jab wasn’t actually a jab, type of: “… [I wrote the song] out of the angle of me mentioning issues I believed had been fascinating … I stated numerous fascinating issues on the document, however they concentrate on Jay as a result of his album is releasing,” referring to the approaching The Blueprint three.
October 2009: “He’s more durable in his head than he's in actuality,” 50 tells Complex whereas revisiting his feud with Fat Joe from just a few years prior with the next assertion about Joe and related haters: “It feels nice as a result of all people’s taking note of them and speaking on the radio about them. Mind you, whereas they’re going out and doing all of this speaking, I’m simply chilling.” Apparently, stated “chilling” contains taking a shot at Jay-Z later within the interview (“You can’t be gangster Jay from Marcy and be the nice man Jay-Z on Oprah. You simply can’t.”) and releasing one other Fat Joe diss later that month in video type, “Fat Joe’s Funeral.”
November 2009: Another extraordinarily private shot throughout the bow at Ross — this time, images of 50 taking one in all Ross’s kids to Floyd Mayweather’s mansion. It’s the final time (for some time, anyway) that 50 would take purpose at Ross — in addition to the Game, who was one of some topics of 50’s ire on the Before I Self Destruct observe “So Disrespectful.” (The two ended up ironing issues out at a strip membership in 2016. Here’s to completely happy endings!)
August 2010: After Fat Joe disses 50 but once more within the intro observe to his album The Darkside Vol. 1, 50 responds in usually mature style one other YouTube skit: “50 Cent is basically depressed proper now,” goes the outline of “50 Cent Loves Fat Joe.” “He simply heard Fat Joe’s album and came upon that he solely bought 5,000 copies his first week.” (The album truly bought 12,300 copies in its first week.) The video seems to be the ultimate salvo within the 50–Fat Joe beef; two years later, Joe claims on a remix of Slaughterhouse’s “Goodbye” that late mogul Chris Lighty inspired the 2 to bury the hatchet.
September 2010: Not even 50’s grandmother is secure, because it seems.
September 2012: Gunplay — a Florida rapper who additionally counts himself as an affiliate of Ross’s Maybach Music Group — will get in an alleged altercation with members of 50 Cent’s entourage backstage on the BET Awards. Should be effective.
October 2012: Or not! Gunplay’s chain — allegedly snatched within the earlier altercation — makes an look round 50’s neck within the video for his Young Jeezy–that includes “Major Distribution.”
January 2013: Following an incident through which Ross crashes his automobile whereas allegedly being shot at, 50 weighs in with typical nuance: “Hahaha fats boy hit the constructing? lol it seems to be staged to me. No gap’s in da automobile.”
March 2014: A shortly deleted ’gram from 50 a few story insinuating that Ross, Diddy, and business mogul Steve Stoute are engaged in a sexual relationship collectively. Gee, marvel why he selected to delete that one!
May 2015: Just just a few months earlier than Leviston wins her lawsuit towards 50, he tries to sue Ross for his personal linking to the intercourse tape — claiming that Ross ought to cowl the ensuing judgment if he loses. The audacity! It’s the primary of some authorized tangles between the 2, marking the second that Ross and 50’s practically decade-spanning feud reaches the courts. (It additionally wouldn’t be the final time 50 makes an attempt this protection: While suing the legislation agency that represents him in February 2017 following a chapter submitting, 50 cites the agency’s failure to show Ross’s culpability within the lawsuit.)
August 2015: 50’s not a fan of Meek Mill sharing a video of the previous pushing someday G-Unit compatriot Tony Yayo into bushes: “That’s us enjoying,” he commented on the since-deleted Insta earlier than alluding to Meek’s affiliation with Ross’s MMG, “however you do be round some ni66as I'll placed on there head. No bullshit.”
September 2015: This one’s a bit of complicated, so bear with me: In a countersuit towards landscaper Jonathan Zamudio, who claimed that Ross kidnapped and pistol-whipped him, the rapper names 50 Cent as a co-conspirator who tried to border Ross for the alleged crimes. Why would he assume such a factor? Maybe it was a since-deleted Instagram from 50 earlier within the month posing with Zamudio, claiming the person as a “pal.” But who is aware of, actually?
November 2015: 50 and Ross take a break from combating within the courts … to combat on Instagram, as a jab from 50 over Ross’s clothes line escalates to mentions of 50’s son and ensuing threats. Meanwhile, 50 decides to weigh in on Meek Mill’s feud with Drake: “That ‘Back 2 Back’ shit was hearth,” he tells an viewers in Sweden earlier than quoting just a few traces from Drake’s diss observe. Oh, and he additionally proclaims himself a “troll” in an obvious risk to former romantic paramour Vivica A. Fox, following feedback she made concerning 50’s sexuality on Watch What Happens Live. Busy month!
December 2015: Another lawsuit — this time from 50, who information a $2 million declare towards Ross for rapping over “In Da Club” on his Renzel Remixes.
January 2016: “I used to be the most important L he ever took,” Ross tells Rolling Stone about his ongoing feud with 50. The ensuing response could be very mature: “When it’s all stated and executed, I'll have his head,” 50 states on a since-deleted ’gram, accompanying a photograph of a hyena holding the top of an antelope in its mouth. Very literal! Meanwhile, 50 briefly shifts his petty gaze from Ross and again towards Meek Mill, over (of all issues) charitable donations to assist the Flint water disaster. Near the tip of the month, he posts a video of a youthful Meek praising 50 over Ja Rule on Instagram with the caption: “Damn Meek what occur man? You obtained confused I perceive shithead.”
February 2016: “That child is just not that shiny,” 50 tells DJ Sense in an interview, persevering with his confrontation with Meek and characterizing the latter’s then-roiling feud with Drake as “a particular type of silly happening over right here.”
May 2016: Was making enjoyable of an autistic teenager the bottom 50 Cent ever sunk? Maybe! Kind of laborious to inform, although — additionally, there’s all the time the long run. 50 points an apology in addition to an $100,000 donation to Autism Speaks, marking an all-too-rare admission of guilt.
September 2016: “Man actual life is gonna begin sooners than you assume,” 50 posts on Instagram (since deleted, naturally) together with a countdown marking the tip of his child-support funds to estranged companion Shaniqua Tompkins, mom to 50’s son Marquise. Not falling removed from the tree, Marquise points his personal invective: “Just don’t overlook to inform me completely happy birthday that day trigger u missed just a few.” This is an efficient time to say that 50 claimed he was quitting Instagram earlier within the 12 months, amid mounting authorized points.
May 2017: Another dig at Tompkins and the problem of kid assist, with an Instagrammed photograph of a person in a commencement cap with the caption: “Graduating from little one assist. Twenty years. To all my brothers, grasp in there.” After detailing how a lot he’d allegedly paid to this point, Tompkins replied in type, declaring that he nonetheless had 5 months of funds left: “Calculate the hours you missed out of your son!”
March 2018: After the discharge of a considerably specific report detailing the state Ross was present in after being discovered unresponsive and finally hospitalized for pneumonia, 50 posts a screenshot detailing the report on Instagram with the caption “No remark.” Naturally, he finally deletes the ’gram.
October 2018: The Ja Rule ticket stunt wasn’t the one feud 50 engaged on this month: After actor Michael Okay. Williams obtained into it with him on social media a few disputed declare involving incarcerated business man James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond, 50 takes to Instagram to submit a since-deleted homophobic jab incorporating intercourse scenes from Williams’s efficiency on The Wire. Some individuals by no means develop up!