Music rivals 50 Cent and Fat Joe may reportedly bury their beef or at least sideline it in light of their late close friend Chris Lighty this weekend at the BET Hip Hop Awards in Atlanta.
According to reports, this will all go down Saturday (September 29) during a taped Lighty tribute.
The upcoming BET Hip Hop Awards awards may have a fairly epic surprise in store. Sources familiar with the situation have told Complex that 50 Cent and Fat Joe will share the stage at Saturday evening’s taping of the show during a tribute performance to the late founder of Violator management–and a trusted advisor of both artists–Chris Lighty. The tribute will also feature Violator acts Busta Rhymes and Missy Elliott performing a medley of their hits. BET’s Vice President of Communications Tracy McGraw refused to confirm the details of Complex’s report. When asked if BET could deny the same thing, McGraw explained: “That’s a good question. I think we’ll just go with ‘Could not confirm.'” (Complex)
Earlier this month, 50 said Lighty’s passing would not unite him with rap rivals.
“Nah,” Fif said when asked if Lighty’s passing would encourage him to extend an open hand to music rivals like Fat Joe and Rick Ross. “You know what I think? A lot of times it’s people who choose not to like you. Regardless, you could be across the street from you, they don’t have to have a conversation or have anything to be a source of why they feel that way about you. You can’t [have] that conversation with some of these people so I don’t look to resolve any of that, I just move forward without focusing on it.” (“The Rickey Smiley Morning Show”)
In early September, both Fif and rival Fat Joe attended Lighty’s New York funeral.
Rap royalty turned out en masse Wednesday for the farewell of fallen hip-hop mogul Chris Lighty. A constellation of stars — many of them wearing pins emblazoned with Lighty’s face — crowded a Manhattan funeral home to pay their respects. Sean Diddy Combs, Fat Joe, Rev. Run, Missy Elliott, Michael Bivens, Wyclef Jean, Ed Lover — each stopped by the open casket where Lighty was laid out in a black suit. The mourners also included rappers Lighty had worked with like 50 Cent, singers like Mary J. Blige and Lauryn Hill, celebrities like Gayle King and Nick Cannon, and other rap moguls like Andre Harrell, Lyor Cohen and Mona Scott-Young. (New York Daily News)
On Fat Joe’s “Goodbye” remix Lighty ode, he even acnkowledges the late music executive’s attempt to cease their beef.
“I know you couldn’t stop the 50 sh*t/But I ain’t never look at you no different Chris/You was my mentor, you started me/That’s why you’ll forever be a part of me/I pray to God to forgive him/And when you get the heaven tell Pun we’ll miss him” (“Goodbye” Remix)