50 Cent’s most public feuds with other celebs
Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson rose to stardom as a rapper with his first studio album Get Rich or Die Tryin’, which he released in 2003. He had a great run with hit songs including “In Da Club” and “Candy Shop.” However, let’s be honest, he has not topped the charts in a minute. Sure, he’s made headlines for decades and he will be forever relevant. Nevertheless, as of this writing, he is more known for his celebrity beefs than churning out new music.
Sometimes, 50’s targets have the audacity to clap back at him. Other times, his foes try to take the high road with their responses, or just by not acknowledging his animosity at all. But, surprisingly, a lot of his feuds are actually pretty one-sided — and, oddly, most of them have something to do with money (Which could have something to do with the fact that 50 isn’t as rich as you may think). With social media becoming 50’s preferred beefing ground, his usual strategy is to unleash memes on Instagram and go for the jugular with his captions and interview comments.
50 Cent is a rapper, actor, producer, businessman, and father, in addition to some other titles, but there’s no doubt that he excels the most at being a social media troll.
50 Cent & Ja Rule will never move past their feud
When it comes to 50 Cent’s feuds, most roads lead to Ja Rule, since many of his other beefs relate to issues between the two rappers. They’ve been at odds since 1999, with 50 claiming in his book From Pieces to Weight, “My man robbed him for a chain, and then this guy named Brown came and got the chain back for Ja. Later, Ja saw me in a club with the kid who had robbed him.” However, Ja Rule denied any robbery took place during a 2007 MTV News interview. In 2000, Ja Rule’s Murder Inc. label mate Black Child stabbed 50 in the back (literally), but, originally, Murder Inc. CEOs Chris and Irv Gotti were charged for the stabbing. During a 2014 Hot 97 interview, Ja Rule said he and his crew beat up 50 and his friends outside of a club with a baseball bat.
Beyond the alleged violence, both rappers have channelled their animosity into music. In the 2007 track “Race Against Time II,” Ja Rule took shots at 50’s record label. 50 went after Ja Rule, his career, and even his children throughout the 2003 song “Back Down.” Ja Rule returned the favor during a 2019 interview, when he called 50 a “bad father”— and on and on it goes. Apparently, 50 will never back down, declaring in 2018 their feud will only end when “one of us gone.” To paraphrase 50 Cent, they”ll keep feuding or “die tryin’.”
Randall Emmett and Lala Kent felt 50 Cent's wrath
50 Cent and Randall Emmett were close friends and producers on the show Power. But perhaps the old saying is true: Never mix business and friendship. In April 2019, the rapper called out Emmett for owing him $1 million dollars in addition to posting clips of Emmet’s fiancée Lala Kent on the reality TV show Vanderpump Rules, bragging about the lavish gifts that Emmett had bought her. No one wants to hear about someone who owes them money spoiling a girlfriend with expensive presents, which led to 50 Cent posting (and later deleting) many memes about Kent and Emmett’s relationship.
The feud temporarily ended when Emmett paid off his debt a couple days later. However, Kent reignited the drama when she claimed she “dinged [his] ego” and that she had “receipts” to prove it during a September 2019 appearance on Watch What Happens Live. 50 Cent clapped back, accusing her of “being drunk 4 days straight.” In an Instagram Story, Kent defended her sobriety and accused the rapper of “cyber bullying.” Then, 50 Cent released (and deleted) a recording of him talking to his lawyer about the terms of the loan he arranged with Emmett. Days later, Emmett asked his former friend to “bury the hatchet” in yet another since-deleted Instagram post. In October 2019, Both Emmett and Kent told Entertainment Tonight that they wish 50 Cent “all the best,” seemingly marking the actual end of this feud. For now, anyway.
50 Cent 'used to love' his son Marquise Jackson
50 Cent and his oldest son Marquise Jackson used to be close. Their relationship changed in 2008 when Marquise’s mom Shaniqua Tompkins accused the rapper of trying to kill them in a house fire, which occurred soon after they got into a dispute over a lawsuit. Marquise was 10 years old at the time. Tompkins told the New York Post, “Who do I think did it? Curtis Jackson.” She claimed, “He threatened me on Monday that he was going to have someone visit me. My kids are in the house. Who would try to kill your own kids?” 50 Cent was filming a movie during the incident, but Tompkins took out a temporary restraining order, which meant 50 couldn’t see Marquise. He lamented the estrangement to MTV News, explaining, “My relationship with my son is changing because he and his mom aren’t friends anymore.”
In May 2020, 50 Cent told XXL, “I blamed it on [Marquise’s] mom for a long time, but it’s not his mother, it’s him.” When he was asked if he loves his son, the producer confessed, “I used to,” asking, “How long can you love something that don’t love you back?” He even called out Marquise for associating with his enemies, which includes being a Ja Rule fan. 50 Cent shared, “My grandfather would say, ‘If it rattle like a snake, if it slither like a snake, is it a snake or do you need to be bit?'” Yikes.
Floyd Mayweather doesn't know why he and 50 Cent have been feuding for years
50 Cent and Floyd Mayweather were once so close that 50 ran Mayweather’s businesses while the boxer was in jail for domestic assault in 2012, which may have been the origin of their beef. 50 Cent claimed that Mayweather owed him money for the work he did and their relationship was never the same. In 2012, 50 challenged Mayweather to “read one full page of a Harry Potter book,” clearly, poking fun at his former friend’s reported illiteracy. For the record, Mayweather has refuted the allegation.
In 2018, Mayweather posted a long rant aimed at his ex-friend, taking shots at 50’s feud with his son Marquise Jackson and his lack of recent musical success. He even mentioned 50’s nemesis, writing “You talk about Ja-Rule but you stole his whole style and ran with it!” He claimed that 50 “got herpes from DJ,” which might be a reference to Daphne Joy, the mother of the rapper’s second son Sire Jackson. The champ concluded his post with: “And by the way, don’t ask to borrow no more money from me.” Mayweather shut off the comments section on the post, which 50 Cent poked fun at, of course, in addition to implying that he didn’t write the rant himself. After all these years, Mayweather said on a February 2020 episode of the Drink Champs podcast that he “didn’t know what was going on” or why they went from friends to foes.
50 Cent is feuding with Oprah Winfrey… but she's not feuding with him
When 50 Cent first became famous he wanted to be on Oprah Winfrey’s eponymous talk show, especially since his grandma was a huge fan. He even named his dog “Oprah” in honor of the pop culture mainstay. However, she was not the biggest fan of his lyrics, so it did not happen. However, thanks to Winfrey’s BFF Gayle King, he appeared on Oprah’s Next Chapter in 2012 to discuss their one-sided feud, particularly his 2006 claim to the Associated Press (via Fox News) that Winfrey “caters to older white women” and took issues with themes found in his music. They seemed to make peace in that interview, chalking up their issues to some animosity that was solely on his part.
However, in 2019, 50 hit up his favorite battleground, Instagram, to accuse Oprah of only “going after black men,” like Russell Simmons and R. Kelly, during the #MeToo movement, instead of white men, including Harvey Weinstein and Jeffrey Epstein. Then, during a May 2020 appearance on Watch What Happen Live, 50 said that he “like[s] both” Winfrey and King, before revisiting his claims that they’re specifically targeting black men with their #MeToo interviews and documentaries. As of this moment, 50 is still bothered by Winfrey’s actions regarding the movement — and she still seems unbothered by this unilateral rivalry.
50 Cent v. Kanye West was just business — for one of them
50 Cent’s 2007 album Curtis, and Kanye West’s debut album Graduation, were set to release a week apart. However, West changed plans and dropped his music on the same day as 50. The competing album sales seemed like the perfect setup for a feud, but in reality, it was a genius marketing scheme. They even did a joint interview for Rolling Stone to promote their competition, with 50 claiming he would stop releasing music if West outsold him. West continued churning out hits, and although 50 didn’t actually stop releasing music, his songs just weren’t as successful as his early work. Instead, 50 seemingly focused on this one-sided feud for years.
In 2019, he posted a photo of West wearing clothes from his Yeezy line and wrote, “Welp now I know I’m not a style icon, I’m definitely not wearing that sh*t.” In May 2020, 50 referenced his 2007 sales battle with Kanye, writing in his book Hustle Harder Hustle Smarter (via Complex) that Jay-Z “took a lot of pride in Kanye’s victory.” He also theorized, “I think that’s one of the reasons he’s so disappointed in Kanye today.”
Speaking with Billboard in July 2020, 50 Cent slammed West’s presidential run as “a diversion and distract people.” And in a now-deleted Instagram in response to Kim Kardashian’s statement about West’s mental health, 50 Cent described West as “bugged out.” Meanwhile, West hasn’t publicly addressed his one-time rival in a long time.
50 was mad at Fat Joe over Ja Rule
50 Cent disliked Fat Joe for collaborating with Ja Rule on the song “New York” in 2004. Yes, it really is that simple. Then, 50 Cent slammed Fat Joe on the track “Piggy Bank,” which dropped in 2005. In 2012, MTV News reported that respected hip-hop manager and Violator label co-founder Chris Lighty, the man who discovered and managed both artists, died. That year, the two rappers squashed their beef and performed at the BET Awards in Lighty’s honor.
In a 2013 interview, 50 attributed their previous animosity to “the competitive nature of hip hop,” admitting that their feud “went on longer than it was supposed to.” In 2018, Fat Joe said he was attempted to squash the beef between 50 Cent and Ja Rule, which is easier said than done — and not-at-all realistic. At least 50 Cent and Fat Joe have been on good terms since 2012, even performing at a pre-Super Bowl concert with DJ Khaled in February 2020.
The Fat Joe feud sparked another 50 Cent feud with Rick Ross
According to MTV News, 50 Cent “warned” Rick Ross in 2008 “not to stay too close to Fat Joe,” with whom 50 was feuding with because of Fat Joe’s ties to Ja Rule, 50’s mortal enemy. Essentially, this beef originated as one of transference before it took on a life of its own. In 2009, Ross blatantly referenced the fire at the house where 50’s ex Shaniqua Tompkins lived with their son Marquise Jackson in his song “Mafia Music.” 50 Cent clapped back with a song called “Officer Ricky” which poked fun at Ross’ past as a corrections officer. Then 50 dove deep, posted a 2009 video interview with Tia Kemp, the mother of Ross’ son, who claimed his jewelry was rented and his cars were leased. He also exploited Lastonia Leviston, who has a child with Ross, leaking her sex tape and adding his own audio commentary to the footage in 2008. Leviston sued 50 Cent for $5 million and won.
In a 2019 radio interview (via XXL), Ross said he would collaborate with 50 Cent if he “still had value.” Soon after, 50 told Complex, “I don’t know what his value is to music culture at this moment,” claiming, “I don’t have interest in making music with him.” Well, at least they agree on one thing: they don’t want to make music together. The rest of their drama is just too much to unpack.
Bow Wow & 50 Cent feuded over dollar bills at a strip club
In June 2019, 50 Cent claimed that Bow Wow stole dollar bills that he brought for performers at a strip club. Bow Wow clapped back with a video of himself counting money, saying, “Man I can’t believe this man cappin’ like that. This man knew. He know I came in with my own bag.” In response, 50 Cent warned, “Don’t be ever doing sh*t behind my back.” Days later, 50 Cent revealed that Bow Wow gave him the money back so they are “cool and sh*t,” declaring that he was “wishing Bow Wow peace, happiness, all the blessings that could come to him.” He even asked people to leave Bow Wow alone on social media.
However, a couple months later, the rappers started beefing on Instagram again after 50 posted a thirst trap photo of himself in a bathtub. Complex reported that Bow Wow responded with laughing emojis. 50 revisited Bow Wow “playing wit the money.” Bow Wow accused 50 of “thirst trapping to get girls to show up at the party.” Then, 50 owned Bow Wow, commenting that rapper Future “took all of” the women from Bow, referencing Future having a baby/getting engaged to Ciara after Bow Wow dated her in addition to the two rappers both having children with a model named Joie Chavis. Although 50 and Bow resolved their strip club squabble, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re done roasting each other on Instagram.
50 Cent got 'entangled' in a spat with Will Smith
In July 2020, August Alsina claimed that Will Smith gave him “his blessing” to have a relationship with his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. After initially denying the singer’s claims, Jada and Will discussed the situation on her Facebook Watch show Red Table Talk. Jada attempted a slight dodge, claiming she and Alsina “got into an entanglement,” which became the buzz word of 2020, immediately inspiring countless memes. 50 Cent posted (and deleted) some of those jokes, poking fun at Will and Jada’s relationship, in addition to sharing his DM conversation with Will. When he asked Will if he was “alright,” Will responded, “Yes I’m cool, I appreciate your concern my brother.” 50 kept pushing, asking, “But why she tell you that s**t on a show for everybody to see?” To which, Will explained, “We broke up so she did her and I did me.”
However, the Power exec crossed a line when he replied, “Then she said only SHE can give permission for somebody to blow her back out,” which elicited a blunt “F**k you 50” from Will. 50 also shared a meme mocking Jada’s use of the word “entanglement.” It seems like this feud died down, however, just like the headlines about the “entanglement” itself.
50 Cent tried to block Wendy Williams from a pool party
In August 2019, 50 Cent posted a video that made it seem Wendy Williams could not get into his pool party at However, TMZ reported that she got in, bypassing 50, instead getting escorted to Snoop Dogg’s section. Apparently, Williams had no idea that 50 didn’t want her there until she heard about it later. A few days after, 50 posted a selfie of Williams with Tiffany Haddish, writing, “Tiffany wait, there’s a monster on your shoulder don’t move. What ever you do don’t look to your left. LOL Ugly motherf***er.”
About a week later, Andy Cohen asked Williams to name three nice things about 50 Cent, which prompted her to say, “He’s not a bad-looking man, I respect his hustle, and I was one of the first people to ever play his music. As a matter of fact, probably the first, on a cassette on the radio, where I got suspended for two weeks without pay.” When Cohen asked, “Does it piss you off that he comes after you,” the daytime talk show host said, “No. I understand him.” The rapper shared that interview on his Instagram, referencing the attempted pool party snub, writing, “Ok we gonna let you in TYCOON next time, but you can’t just be coming to my party’s wit no invite.”
While Williams was a formidable opponent for 50 Cent, she’s far from the first person he’s beefed with publicly and she will not be the last.
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