Terror Squad member Fat Joe and G-Unit head 50 Cent are proving hip-hop beefs can be forgotten by teaming up for a new DJ Kay Slay track called “Free Again.”
According to reports, the unexpected collabo is expected to appear on Slay’s upcoming Rhyme Or Die album.
Who would have thought we’d be getting a 50 Cent and Fat Joe collaboration 10 years ago? The two New York-born artists have linked up for ‘Free Again’, a new single off of DJ Kay Slay’s upcoming album ‘Rhyme Or Die’. Produced by StreetRunner. “It’s an anthem when I rant, f*ck you think I am, Kanye? / I had them wearing vests, now these n**gas wear dresses” raps 50 Cent on ‘Free Again’, which was premiered by Hot 97’s Funk Flex. Kay Slay brought the record to Funk Flex and went on air to talk about how the record came about: “When Joe got home, he said Slay I got a verse, I got a beat, do whatever you wanna do with it…Joe didn’t know what I had in mind, but I felt this was something that should be done.” (Direct Lyrics)
Last year, 50 admitted the Joey Crack beef went on for way too long.
“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.” (MTV)
Back in December 2012, Fif said late pal and business partner Chris Lighty could not stand seeing both rappers going at each other’s necks.
“Chris [Lighty] wanted that [beef] to go away for a long time because he had a relationship with Joe,” says 50, who Lighty managed until his death. “Joe never did anything to me. I never actually physically did anything to Joe. It’s really hip-hop — this music and people being competitive — and over time, you forget what the actual source of the situation is.” (Billboard)
A month prior, 50 credited Joe’s loyalty to their late friend for helping end the dispute.
“Chris would always talk to me like, ‘Why don’t y’all sit down or try to let that go?’ … I’d tell him, ‘Get outta here,’ all the time. When he passed, Joe showed him a lot of respect. He ain’t have to. I worked the closest with him, it changed my perspective on it. And then you gotta look back at what exactly’s the reason, what caused it. He’s got a lot more pride than most hip-hop artists. It was just the way he was raised. He was being loyal because someone had did something for him, being loyal to that, that’s what created that energy [between us coming together].” (Boos-A-P)
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