50 Cent gives a bit of insight on his conversation with sometimes-adversary Jay-Z.
There were many amazing scenes from this week’s Jay-Z/Eminem concert at Detroit’s Comerica Park – Shady and Hov on stage together, a public performance by Dr. Dre, a veritable who’s who of Hip Hop performances – but perhaps none more interesting than an image showing 50 Cent and Jay-Z chopping it up backstage.
The image, courtesy of thelifefiles.com, is one of many from a night that will go down in Hip Hop history. But behind the picture lies over a decade’s worth of history of what could be the greatest beef that never happened.
In an interview with MTV News, 50 failed to provide much concrete information about the conversation – which, perhaps, says more than if he had. “I know people were interested in what that conversation was like,” said Fif. “But they can ask Jay-Z. I take people’s actions as if it’s genuinely how they feel. I can only use what I saw you do as if that’s what you meant. I can’t understand what your motivation was prior to that.”
The well-documented tension between Jay and 50 began with 50’s 1999 Hit, “How To Rob,” a tongue-in-cheek track about the Queens rapper making his living by robbing fellow emcees.
Jay-Z, who was named in song, responded with a line of his own in “It’s Hot (Some Like it Hot)”: “Going against Jigga yo’ ass is dense/ I’m about a dollar, what the fuck is 50 Cents?”
In the years since, Jay and 50 have traded jabs, including 50 telling Hot 97’s Angie Martinez that Jay-Z was Hip Hop’s “coolest punk,” and Jay-Z telling Trevor Nelson of BBC, “Nobody is scared of 50 Cent.”
Do you think that this was ever real “beef”? What does it do for Hip Hop that these two are talking again? Leave a comment and let us know.