News: 50 Cent On Rap Battling Jay-Z, "It Would Be Great For Hip-Hop"

Saturday, Nov 14, 2009 7:00AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

50 Cent recently discussed the benefits of going at Jay-Z on wax with a rap battle, however, he said the outcome would likely not end well for the losing emcee.

From Fif's perspective, the rap game could use a lyrical beef of that magnitude.

"Well, it would be great," 50 explained in an interview. "It would be great for hip-hop. It would probably be interesting, but I don't think one of us will survive it. I don't have a relationship with Jay-Z. We're just both a part of hip-hop culture. We're not friends. We don't call each other to talk at leisure." (MTV)

50 struck heads over the week when he surprisingly shared some taunting words toward Hov on his Beanie Sigel collaboration track, "I Go Off."

"Yeah, you changed man," 50 says toward the song's completion. "You let the money change you, Jay. You used to be from Marcy, [Brooklyn] n*gga. Now you a pass the Grey Poupon a** n*gga. You don't want the shooter? I'll take him. [laughs] N*gga, feed the wolves or else the wolves feed off you. Eat your a** alive! I live by a combat's creed. Strategy. Your move, n*gga." ("I Go Off")

Fif previously drew attention toward his issues with Jay after name-dropping him, and a slew of other artists, in last summer's "Flight 187" music video.

"187, 187, departure from the 'hood, destination h*ll or heaven," Fif raps. "They puttin' pressure on me, son, now they want me to snap/End up like X and Whitney in my mansion smoking crack/I'm paranoid, I'm feeling like n*ggas is trying to get me/Forget the kids, I'm shaving off my f*cking head like Britney/Man, Dre won't mix my records now I need to talk to Jimmy/I'm falling back in my own ways I'm riding with the semi/Who's calling me -- on the other line with Diddy/But I don't wanna talk, right now my day is going sh*tty/Why is Jay rocking that Urkel look, isn't he from Marcy?/They say he growin' dreads now he talkin' like a Yardie/Man everything is changing, I don't understand a thing/I guess this is that bullsh*t that all the money brings." ("Flight 187")

While recently backing up Kanye West's VMA 09 outburst, Jay laughingly teased 50's rap image.

"I think he would have done that if that was 50 Cent, no one's scared of 50 Cent," Jay explained. "I want everybody to be clear, no one's scared of 50 Cent. So I just think that's what he believed. I think it was rude, I thought it was in appropriate. And I told him this much, but I don't think he was wrong." (BBC 1)

Check out 50 Cent & Beanie Sigel's "I Go Off" collaboration below:

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