In the weeks leading up to the release of his latest album, Blood in My Eye, rapper Ja Rule had refused to grant interviews to any media outlets. His reluctance came despite the controversy surrounding him, his record label, Murder Inc., and the tenuous relationship he's had with his once-loyal fans.
That will change on Monday night when Ja Rule and Nation of Islam's Minister Louis Farrakhan sit down to discuss the feud between Ja Rule and rabble-rousing chart-topper 50 Cent. The conversation between the two was arranged by Murder Inc. head Irv Gotti and will be distributed to a number of media outlets on Monday, the eve of Blood in My Eye's release. It will air Monday on MTV at 7 p.m. ET and on MTV2 at 11 p.m. ET.
The feud between 50 and Ja is a beef whose once burning embers have seemingly died down in recent months. In fact, efforts to organize a sit-down between Ja Rule and 50 Cent by Minister Farrakhan and de facto hip-hop diplomat Russell Simmons have been dismissed by 50's camp as unnecessary.
In the confessional interview, Ja Rule and Minister Farrakhan discuss Ja's upbringing as a Jehovah's Witness, the origins of his beef with 50 Cent and the complicity of the public in fanning the flames of the rivalry.
Farrakhan has mediated rappers' beefs before — he negotiated a calming of tempers between Ice Cube and Common when the two were trading barbs on wax seven years ago.