Fat Joe, who recently sparked controversy with his inflammatory lyrics in a Verzuz battle, is making headlines yet again. This time the rapper has started a debate by comparing his fellow rapper Ja Rule to Canadian rapper Drake.

Fat Joe and Ja Rule had both gone live on Instagram on Wednesday to discuss their Verzuz battle from the previous night, when Joe began to compliment Ja Rule by comparing him to Drake.

No disrespect to your Hip Hop roots, you’re a pop star. I always tell everybody you was the Drake before Drake. You had hit after hit after hit after hit.

Ja Rule did accept the compliment in the spirit of jest, but he also admitted that it was high praise since Drake is considered one of the greatest of all time. Fat Joe agreed, but continued to defend his comparison.

He’s the GOAT, we not going there, but what I’m saying is for the youth who’s tuned in, they don’t realize that this guy Ja Rule had a run like Drake for years. Just hit, hit, hit, hit, hit, hit, hit, hit, hit, hit.

While Fat Joe’s comparison is a bold one, it is hard to dismiss it entirely, since Ja Rule did have a remarkable run in the early 2000s, selling more than 30 million records worldwide.

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Nitish Vashishtha

Nitish Vashishtha is a freelance writer/news correspondent from India. He’s written content for companies like ScoopWhoop and Sportskeeda. He’s been writing about pop-culture, current affairs and pro-wrestling since 2017. While pursuing Master's in Mass Communication with a special interest in Advertising, his key areas of creativity lie in designing, content creation and creative storytelling as well as fictional writing. In his free time, he likes to create new riffs on his guitar, learning about whatever piques his interest, reading books ranging from philosophy to speculative sci-fi and enjoys watching anything HBO (Succession FTW).

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