Rick Ross To Release Before I Self Destruct Before 50 Cent

Miami MC plans mixtape with same name as Fif's upcoming LP; L.A. Reid and Russell Simmons comment on beef.

[artist id="2000082"]Rick Ross[/artist] said he's going to drop Before I Self Destruct before [artist id="860639"]50 Cent[/artist] does.

The Miami rhyme lord has just finished production on a mixtape that has the same title as 50 Cent's upcoming album. This follows 50 Cent announcing he's helping the mother of Ross' son put out a book called "Tia's Diary: Deeper Than Rap," which mirrors the title of Ross' March 24 album, Deeper Than Rap.

Meanwhile, the "Biggest Boss" is absolutely not censored in his war of words with 50 Cent, according to the head of Ross' label. Island Def Jam Chairman L.A. Reid told MTV News on Saturday night that there is no truth to the rumor that the exec is keeping Ross from talking to the press about the beef. "I never had that kind of conversation with anybody. I don't even know what that is," Reid said.

Although Reid condones Ross' freedom of speech, he doesn't endorse the beef with 50. "I love Rick Ross," he said. "I consider 50 a friend. I don't encourage anything that represents ignorance and nonsense. I just hope these two guys are smart enough, mature enough and rich enough that this shouldn't last. I haven't been following it, honestly, but Rick Ross is my artist. I support him. I support his artistic beliefs and dreams. 50 is my friend and a fellow superstar in our business. I respect him and his legacy. I hope they work it out."

Russell Simmons echoed Reid's sentiments on the red carpet of Clive Davis' pre-Grammy party. "If it's like pro wrestling, if that's how they view themselves, then it's part of the entertainment," Simmons said. "It's not something I would advise still. I always like to play high notes. I've gotten older. I see that is usually where I've had the longest, most stable impression — doing something that's higher and more inspired. There's a lot of talks about the beefs that's going on, particularly the 50 Cent [vs. Rick Ross feud]. They're both very talented. Neither one of them needs that to be hot. ... It's always a little edgy. I worry about them. I haven't gotten involved. I hope they settle it, and it goes away."

It doesn't look like Simmons and Reid's dreams will be fulfilled anytime soon. Tuesday morning (February 10), Ross' camp released a cartoon depicting the G-Unit as homosexuals and 50 Cent as a steroid user. This is a response to an ongoing online series 50 has dissing Ross and [artist id="1800901"]DJ Khaled[/artist].

On Monday, TheSmokingGun.com released court documents from a case in which Ross' criminal record, or lack thereof, was called into question. While Ross has often claimed affiliation with a Miami street gang, his lawyer challenged a police officer to prove the rapper's gang connections during a recent gun-charge deposition; he could not.

There's music too. The G-Unit recently released a song called "I'll Be the Shooter (Officer Ricky's Done)," while Ross put out a snippet to a song called "Valley of Death."

And on Tuesday evening, Ross released another G-Unit dis track, titled "Push 'Em Over the Edge." On the song, Ross raps over Eric B. and Rakim's "Know the Ledge" beat.

"Damn, you ratted on Preme, damn near ratted on Queens," Ross raps. "You're not half of Jay-Z, not Nas, a fake Saigon, maybe."