Talking Shit

Rick Ross versus 50 Cent: What's Beef?

Forgive us Miami. For the past few days, a Rick Ross/50 Cent war of the words has been all over the internets and we're just getting around to reporting on it. Blame it on the fact that a headline containing "Curtis Jackson" and "beef" made us think that it was 2001, Dubya was back in office, and well, it kind of sent us into a "8 more years of this?!" tailspin. We're chill now though, because this 50-brand beef is with Rick Ross, and it's fresh.

Apparently, Fitty is a little hot that the Bawss mentioned his recent baby mama fire-ama situation in "Mafia Music," an over 4-minute hookless diatribe on which Rick comes with lyrical guns blazing. No chorus and no mercy. At the 3:05 mark, Ross says: "I love to pay ya bills, can't wait to pay ya rent/ Curtis Jackson baby mama, I ain't looking for a cent/ Burn the house down/ You gotta buy another/ Don't forget the gas can, jealous, stupid muthafucker."

Curtis no likey that shit.

And the man who has basically made a career out of rap beef - with Ja Rule in '03, The Game in '05, and Kanye in '07 - took to the internets to air out his frustration with his '09 victim. Not only did 50 create the requisite response, titled "Officer Ricky" and a cute lil' cartoon titled "Locked Up" which stars a bearded character with the same name, he also hit Youtube with a video in which he called DJ Khaled "a faggot" and told Ross "I'm deciding to fuck your life up. Rick Ross I'm gonna fuck your life up - for fun."

How sweet.

We love a good battle, and we can admit that the Boss' Corrections Officer past did bruise our hip-hop sensibility a bit. BUT Fitty's lyrical revenge was lacking and "Mafia Music" is crack. Therefore, we must agree with Ross' Friday night declaration: "We gonna give him 48 hours. Time to come up with another [song]!"

Until then it looks like another one of your publicity stunts and we're rockin' with Rick, Fif.

Update: 50 is hitting Ross hard. He's released a video where he's "interviewing" the mother of Ross' son Tia Kemp. Tia tells her story, Fitty gloats, and then he takes her fur shopping while Stevie Wonder's "Isn't She Lovely" plays in the background. Check it out here and pick sides. 50 or Ross?

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Raina McLeod