News: SOHH Special Report Pt. 4: Rick Ross & 50 Cent, How Far Is Too Far?

Friday, Mar 20, 2009 4:15PM

Written by Danica Dow

In the final installment of a four part series on rap beefs and responsibility, SOHH asked rappers, the community, and industry experts to determine if 50 Cent and Rick Ross may have crossed the line in their current rap beef.

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The majority of SOHH.com's survey respondents (58.7%) think that rappers should keep their beefs within the confines of music but much of the 50 Cent/Rick Ross battle has existed outside of song format and included attacks on family members and unrelated persons. 41.7% of SOHH's survey respondents believe that such attacks should be off limits in rap battles.

"Attacking an artist is one thing but attacking family members is way out of line," said Lexie Perez of Str8nyc.com. "It literally puts these innocent bystanders at the center of the beef and readily available to be ridiculed. No one deserves that kind of negative attention, especially if they didn't consent to it." (SOHH)
"I think the attacks on family and unrelated people are out of line," agreed Anslem Samuel of NakedWithSocksOn.com. (SOHH)

During the course of his current beef with Rick Ross, 50 Cent released an internet video with the mother of Ross' son.

Last month, 50 took Ross' son's baby mother, Tia, shopping in Manhattan. The two also filmed a video where Tia accused Ross of having rented jewelry, leased cars and of lying about his correctional officer past. "You will be seeing more and her later, as we get a chance to do different things," 50 sneered in the video. "We have other things to do." (Vibe).

Chicago emcee Rhymefest told SOHH that he finds this type of invasion shocking though he does not place blame solely on the rappers.

"I find it even more shocking that women, mothers of our children, have sank to the level of endangering their own children in order to strike out against the father." (SOHH)

Tia was not the only additional party drawn into the drama. Photoshopped images of 50 Cent's son Marquise surfaced on the net and 50 released a diss video in which he threatened the mother of Ross associate DJ Khaled.

"I definitely was disturbed by the video 50's camp leaked of someone hovering over Khaled's mom's desk and images of her alleged home," Anslem Samuel told SOHH. That's somebody's mother. You don't do that." (SOHH)

But Houston based emcee Bun B is quick to point out that, "Yo momma" jokes have been a part of African-American humor since before the emergence of hip-hop.

"I come from the hood. We do what's known as ranking or cappin', playing the dozens. Momma jokes is always cool until somebody say one and take it too far. But that's your own personal feeling. These are two grown ass men with children. These niggas know the repercussions of whatever their actions is going to be." (SOHH)

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Of the survey respondents, 24.7% believe that violence or physical confrontations would be crossing the line but only 11.68% believe that talk of committing violent acts crosses the line.

"I say physical confrontations should be avoided," Angela Yee of the Shade 45 Morning Show told SOHH. "[But] talk of fighting or physical harm can be just that. Sometimes it can improve how a song sounds if it's done cleverly."(SOHH)
Be sure to check out Part 1, where the community announces a winner in the battle between 50 Cent and Rick Ross, and Part 2 where we explore the possibility of violence in rap beefs. Part 3 looks at the role of the media in promoting rap beefs.   

There were 1431 respondents to this survey, 92% male and about 8% female. Of the ages that participated, 45% were 19-25, 36% were 25-35 and the rest consited of 36 and over. Responses were compiled through twitter, industry poll and the sohh community. Other participating sites include KevinNottingham.com, HHLO.net, VicariousMusic.com, KeepItTrill.com, NakedWithSocksOn.com and 99problems.org.

[To see the survey results and to get the full scoop on the 50 Cent vs. Rick Ross saga, check out SOHH's Prime Beef page, where you can catch the diss videos, songs and interviews that started it all.]

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