New York rapper Mr. Cheeks has opened up about his past beef with 50 Cent and downplayed the severity behind their brief war of words in the early 2000’s.
According to Cheeks, 50 sparked their tension by name checking him on a record.
“Me and 50 had our little corny rap war or whatever,” Cheeks said in an interview with Mikey T The Movie Star. “It wasn’t really serious. We got to him because it’s just what it was. I’m in the hood with it. I wasn’t even in the hood — I was out in Miami, chilling, and [my man said,] ‘Yo kid, what’s up with your man 50 talking like he’s reckless?” I’m like, ‘What’d he say n*gga?’ ‘N*gga said he got your name in the record.’ So I heard the record and you know what it was. Plug me in n*gga. Let me get me a little track, n*gga and let me go. But that was a little fun sh*t. Whatever man, it wasn’t that serious. N*ggas made it out to be and I just put it in. I’m an O.G., n*gga, of course, so you know I got to lay it down. It ain’t no [MC] Hammer coming after Jay-Z. I don’t even understand that. But you know, that’s what it is. My sh*t is official.” (Movie Star Status DVD)
On 50’s “I’m So Hood” 2003 Beg For Mercy single, 50 used a line to taunt Cheeks.
“Uncle Rock, a wino, he won’t put the ‘gnac down/Eric had the jump shot but he’s smokin’ crack now/The Lunatics, the Lost Boyz, Cheeks sh*t is wack now/Country blew trial, them crackers got him on his back now.” (“I’m So Hood”)
Cheeks later got at 50 on wax with the release of “In 50 Cent’s Dreams”.
Cheeks collaborated with new R&B crooner Ryan Young debut single Sweet Luv and also released a “Diss track” aimed at 50 Cent called “In 50 Cent’s Dreams”, where he brings up the accusation of 50 being a snitch. (Wikipedia)
The rapper has a career in the music business spanning over 20 years.
Before establishing himself as a solo artist in the early 2000s, Mr. Cheeks made a name for himself as a member of the Lost Boyz in the mid- to late ’90s. Cheeks and the other members of the Lost Boyz practiced a sincere, literate, non-sensational style of New York hip-hop. As a result, they never attained substantial commercial success, yet garnered substantial critical acclaim and were underground favorites. But when Freaky Tah met an unfortunate demise, the Lost Boyz soon broke ranks and remained quiet. Cheeks resurfaced in late 2001, though, and he came with a more mature outlook on life that informed his rhymes with a greater sense of knowledge and truth than before. (All Music)
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