It all started a long, long, time ago, when hip-hop beef was REAL and thriving.
In the midst of 50 Cent’s infamous feud with Ja Rule, 50 began firing shots at everyone and their mama, literally, but Fat Joe and Jadakiss were the direct target of 50’s wrath.
Mad over their collaboration on Ja Rule’s smash track “New York,” 50 began a feud that has lasted over a whole decade, give or take a few years.
This past Saturday, 50 Cent and Fat Joe officially buried their beef during a Chris Lighty tribute set to air on BET’s Hip-Hop Awards.
Fat Joe spoke out about their truce, and credited Chris Lighty and his untimely death for the reason he decided to patch it up with 50.
Although 50 and Joe have been beefing for eight years, many people still don’t know what happened between the two New York rappers and how deep the beef actually was, so GlobalGrind decided to break it all down for you.
Check out the history of 50 Cent and Fat Joe’s beef below!
In 2004, Ja Rule linked up with rappers Jadakiss and Fat Joe for his acclaimed hit “New York.” During the time, 50 Cent was involved in a heated rap feud with Ja Rule, who dissed him in the first couple of bars on the track, rapping:
“Apprentice you’re fired, you’re no longer desired/So take off them silly chains, put back on your wire/I’m on fire.”
50 Cent had a few words about Fat Joe and Jadakiss’ involvement with the record, and the beef ensued.
Soon after Ja Rule’s “New York” was heating up the airwaves in New York City, 50 Cent released “Piggy Ban,” which was a diss record directed at Fat Joe and Jadakiss. “Piggy Bank” was featured on 50’s sophomore album The Massacre, which sold 1.1 million records in the first week.
Fat Joe fires back at 50 Cent with “My Fofo,” which is featured on his sixth studio album All Or Nothing. All Or Nothing reportedly moved about 106K in the first week.
In February 2005, Fat Joe calls into Hot 97’s Kay Slay and calls 50 Cent a “coward” and accuses him of being on “steroids.”
“Them steroids is getting to him. He ain’t built like that. These dudes is hilarious to me….That dude ain’t the truth. His name should be Vince McMahon because he likes to create hype.”
Later on that year at the 2005 MTV VMAS, Fat Joe fires shots on stage while presenting an award to reggaeton artist Daddy Yankee.
Fat Joe said:
“I feel safe with all the police protection—courtesy of G-Unit.”
Fat Joe later said 50 was taunting him from the crowd, prompting him to have an outburst on stage.
“Then he’s walking around, and when I’m waiting to introduce the reggaeton dudes, he gets on the stage. I’m thinking, ‘OK, we’re about to fight.’ I’m like, ‘We’re about to get it on right here at the VMAs?’ “
50 responds by saying:
“Before I put out my record, I knew Fat Joe would respond first,” 50 said of the song. “It’s pride, Latino pride. You can’t escape that…It’s obvious he doesn’t generate the interest of the general public, so he doesn’t generate mine either. I just had to let him know. ‘Cause the kid in the schoolyard who doesn’t want to fight always leaves with a black eye. It’ll make a coward brave when they see you’re afraid.”
In 2007, on BET’s Rap City, 50 Cent calls Fat Joe a “coward” for not confronting him face-to-face.
In 2008, 50 Cent releases another Fat Joe diss record “Southside (N*gga),” which fueled rumors about Fat Joe’s financial status and owing the IRS.
Fat Joe and his lawyer spoke out against those claims, stating Fat Joe did NOT owe the IRS in back taxes.
Fat Joe drops a new single “I Won’t Tell” featuring J.Holiday, and 50 Cent goes on Power 105 to make fun of Fat Joe once again.
In March 2008, Fat Joe fights back and disses 50 again.
During an interview with Complex in 2009, 50 talks about his beef with Fat Joe.
“He’s tougher in his head than he is in reality, as far as his Don Cartagena sh*t is concerned. It feels great because everybody’s paying attention to them and talking on the radio about them. Mind you, while they’re going out and doing all of this talking, I’m just chilling. I’ll send them out like they’re a rap fan so they can market me. So everywhere they go, ‘nobody cares about your record or what you’re doing.’ The number one question is ‘So what’s up with you and 50?’ They’re not smart enough to come up with a new disrespectful way to talk to me because I’ve heard everything you could f*cking think of. Then I move away because I’m competing with another artist, and the spotlight moves with me because I’m actually creating the material and generating the interest. So when I move to do that, you’re in darkness … to the point where you drop your [first week] album sales to 8,000 copies.”
Later on that month, 50 Cent releases “Fat Joe’s Funeral,” a video where he fake cries about Fat Joe’s death.
In 2010, Fat Joe dissed 50 Cent in the intro of his tenth studio album The Darkside Vol.1, stating:
“We gone throw the biggest party when Curtis die.”
50 Cent fires back after Fat Joe’s album bombs on the charts. 50 Cent claimed Fat Joe only sold 5,000 copies in the first week, but according to Billboard, The Darkside debuted at number 27 on the Hot 200 with a little over 12,000 copies sold in the first week.
During an interview with VLAD, Fat Joe responds to 50 Cent’s claims he only sold 5,000 copies in the first week and talks about 50’s own downfall. Things eventually quiet down between 50 and Joe.
In 2012, Fat Joe hops on Slaughterhouse’s “Goodbye (Remix)” and raps about his beef with 50 and how his longtime friend Chris Lighty urged the two men to bury the beef.
“I know you couldn’t stop the 50 sh*t/But I ain’t never look at you no different Chris/You was my mentor, you started me/That’s why you’ll forever be a part of me/I pray to God to forgive him/And when you get the heaven tell Pun we’ll miss him.”