Virginia rapper Skillz has reflected on the release of his “Rap-Up 2010″ single and what references within the year-in-review track caught people off-guard.
Skillz specific mention of 50 Cent‘s failed attempt to end Rick Ross‘ career on the track turned heads at Sirius Satellite radio station Shade 45.
“One person has [approached me about mentioning them on a ‘Rap-Up.’]. I’m not gonna… like, it was so long ago that I’m not even gonna bring it up. And it wasn’t even an artist, it was a DJ per se. And it was only because what he did happened in like February and I brought it back up at the end of the year, so it’s like, ‘D**n, I was past this sh** and here this motherf****r come rapping about it again.’ You know what, I don’t never get any flak from artists. I never get somebody saying like, ‘D**n, you gon play me out like that, for real, ni**a?’ I believe that the reason it doesn’t happen is because I’m not making up anything. Like, everything that I say is true. Like, it happened. It ain’t like I made it up. 50 Cent did try to take out Rick Ross, it didn’t really work. Somebody called me today and told me they edited that part out on Shade 45. [Laughs]” (BET)
Within the track, Skillz commented on 50’s botched mission to try and hurt Ross’ career.
“50 Cent tried to take out Ross/Look like it ain’t work Fif, you might have to take that loss/Rozay, he had some heat/Had everybody from the ‘burbs thinking they was Big Meech/Ross had a good year, that’s fact/But him bagging Stacey Dash?/Mmm, I don’t know ’bout that.” (“Rap-Up 2010″)
In June 2010, 50 Cent said he never reached out to form a truce with Ross.
“I never had a conversation with him. My focus shifted during that record. A lot of times, earlier in my career, I was competing withartists because that was what I loved about hip-hop: The idea that battling someone was necessary to defend your spot and you had to take on all challengers — so I did that constantly. No one thinks that way now and everyone looks at me like I’m the Broad Street Bully. The younger kids coming up missed that time frame, and even the conscious rap is gone too. The stuff that Common Sense and Talib Kweli and Mos Def were rhyming about. What was socially conscious and responsible about the music has been replaced by hipster kids in skinny jeans and mohawks. Of course, that’s always been around, but it was usually confined to the Village. Artists have always had the opportunity to influence the culture, but now it’s the other way around: They’re trying to look like their audience to attract their audience. Now you can’t tell the difference between a Led Zeppelin fan and a hip-hop fan.” (Los Angeles Times)
Despite 50’s feelings, Ross later said he was not focused on dissing the rapper anymore.
“That’s the beauty of art,” Ross told us. “You can take it and channel it any way you want to. Of course, I realize I put a lot of pollution out there as well that I wouldn’t this year. That was a part of me learning. I’ll forever be attracted to some form or fashion of war. I feel it’s competitive but at the same time, I’m focused on my numbers. I’m focused on my business. I’m focused on my brand. I wanna see other things blossom around me, versus back-and-forth with nothing. For the most part, I feel when you prioritize your business, that’s the result — that’s the advice I’ve been given for so long. I’m trying it out.” (MTV)
Ross and 50’s dispute erupted in January 2009 and has continued ever since.
How it started: on Saturday January 24, 2009, Rick Ross came out with “Mafia Music” taking shots at 50 Cent. 50 Cent responded with “Officer Ricky (Go Ahead Try Me)” on Thursday January 29. Rick Ross went on radio the next day (Friday, January 30) and gave 50 24hrs to come up with something better. 50 Cent, before going To Venezuela, responded with “Warning Shot.” (This Is 50)
Check out Skillz’s “Rap-Up 2010″ below: