50 Cent is no stranger to having beef with fellow rappers for any number of reasons. He had beef with Fat Joe, but that is now water under the bridge.
People’s Party with Talib Kweli recently spoke to Fat Joe where he explained his beef with 50 Cent, and how it was squashed. In 2012, during the BET tribute to Violator manager Chris Lightly, Fif sent a peace offering, and Fat Joe accepted it. This is a move he has yet to regret.
“I’d never thought in my life that I would squash a beef with 50 Cent. I’m a real deal. So if we would’ve bumped at somewhere, it would’ve gone down physically, 100%. So, when Chris Lighty died, I went to the funeral by myself. Where I come from, integrity I have and morals I have is ‘I gotta pay respects to people that show love to the family.’ I showed up. 50 Cent was on the other side, I didn’t see him while I was there. When I leave, my phone rings. It’s Stephen Hill from BET. He’s like, ‘Yo, we’re doing the tribute to Chris Lighty on the BET Awards. We’re doing Missy [Elliott], we’re doing Q-Tip, we’re doing Busta, you, 50 Cent, this, that.’ He’s snack it in. I heard it. I was like, ‘Aye, 100%, it’s Chris, he saved my life.'”
“When I showed up to the BET Awards… You know, we’re on point, we’re super, super focused — that’s the only way I can explain it legally. We rehearse. I performed “Lean Back”, and then 50 Cent comes out. He ends up right where I am at. When the music starts, he puts his hand out. He says, ‘Peace. For Chris Lighty. Chris Lighty wanted peace.’ So, I’m looking at him, ‘Peace?!'”
“All I see it’s all that shit he’s got said about me. It’s like a f*cking movie going on right here. And then one second, I was like, ‘Yo, this dude is f*cking amazing.’ Through all this shit. So I shook his hand, ‘Peace.’ He said, ‘Peace, man. Terror Squad, G-Unit. For Chris Lighty.’ And that was that.”
Fat Joe said that the public reception was great. Fans were thrilled to see Fat Joe and 50 Cent squash their beef and bring positivity to the situation. This is something that really had a lasting impression on Joe’s life.
“I think we have an obligation, we have a responsibility to show these young brothers these beefs can be squashed. And you can become friends and family. It does not have to resolve to us killing each other.”
“A beef does not have to turn violent in the street. And I hope that everybody sees that all that shit they were saying to each other, and it’s peace, and now they are friends. It can happen.”
It would be nice if more rappers settled things like this. The rap game can get violent and petty as well. Thankfully, Fat Joe and 50 Cent can stand as two role models in the business that other rappers can hopefully look to as a source of inspiration.