During the height of their well-publicized rap feud it didn’t seem that 50 Cent and Fat Joe would ever reach an accord. Unfortunately it took the death of their mutual manager Chris Lighty to bring peace between the two titans. Looking back on it all, Fif says it should’ve ended a long time ago.
“Fat Joe, that was interesting. The competitive nature of hip-hop forces us to compete,” 50 told MTV News correspondent Josh Horowitz when he walked the red carpet for the premiere of Will and Jaden Smith’s new sci-fi flick “After Earth” on Wednesday. “It was one of those things that it went on longer than it was supposed to with that one.”
It all started in 2004 when 50 took exception to a Fat Joe guest appearance on Ja Rule’s “New York” record. Fif and Rule were in the middle of a rap beef that at times got physical, so the G-Unit CEO took Joe’s allegiance with Ja as disrespect. For years, 50 and Fat Joe would hurl insults back and forth, making dis songs like “Piggy Bank” and “My Fo Fo,” but after Lighty passed away last August, the two buried the hatchet and performed together at last year’s BET Hip-Hop Awards.
“I thought someone would die,” Fat Joe told MTV News correspondent Sway Calloway when he appeared on “RapFix Live” on May 23. “He had a lot of respect for Chris Lighty, I had a lot of respect and we went over there. We did the tribute together and no disrespect to him in the universe, but he put his hand out. So when a man sticks out his hand for me, and he says ’Yo, this for Chris, it’s peace,’ it’s peace.
“And I don’t anticipate ever having a problem with him again in my life,” Joe continued. “Because once I give you my word and I give you my hand, it’s love. It’s nothing else.”