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Hip hop beef that immediately took the world by storm

Hip-hop and rap artists defend their honors like warriors, but sometimes it just gets a bit catty. These creatives build their reputations off of the control and power they have over their image, making their harsh hip-hop beef warranted and particularly volatile.

Nowadays, it’s hard to separate which music disses are solely orchestrated as publicity stunts and which are not.

Regardless of the intentions, disses have been keeping the rap & hip hop scene exciting and engaging since the medium’s start. Here are some of our favorite moments of hip hop beef of all time:

1. Control — Big Sean ft. Kendrick Lamar & Jay Electronica

Big Sean starts out claiming he doesn’t need to call out other rappers and Kendrick later follows by explicitly listing out the artists he hopes to destroy, including none other than Big Sean.

To be featured on a track and diss the artist featuring you is exactly the type of raw authenticity that makes Kendrick a living legend.

Nowadays, rappers use diss tracks to get attention and streams for themselves and the other artist. I’m not judging that as much as I’m just pointing out facts.

Kendrick dissing artists on another rapper’s song ends the back and forth as it starts it. This hip-hop beef if surely one for the books.

2. Roxanne’s Revenge — Roxanne Shanté

In 1984, legendary producer Marley Marl was heated after music group UTFO canceled their appearance on his radio show.

The group gained a lot of traction for their song Roxanne Roxanne, which told the story of a girl who refused interest in them regardless of their cars or money.

To get back at them, Marl elicited the help of 14-year old Queens rapper, now known as, Roxanne Shanté.

She was well known throughout her neighborhood for winning freestyle battles against rappers who were decades older than her.

Marl offered her a pair of jeans if she freestyles Roxanne’s Revenge, a song dissing UTFO from a woman’s perspective.

Shanté’s song exploded and peaked the charts at No. 22 while UTFO’s got no higher than No. 79. Roxanne’s Revenge is said to have invented hip-hop beef and has cemented Shanté in history as one of hip hop’s first female legends.

3. I Smell Pussy — 50 Cent’s rap beef with Ja Rule

Some of the most genuine hip-hop beef of all time have come from the ongoing feud between 50 Cent & Ja Rule.

Their beef started in 1999 when Ja Rule was robbed at gunpoint by one of 50 Cent’s affiliates. Since then, the two and their crews have had verbal and physical altercations.

In 2002, 50 Cent silently issued a police order of protection against Ja Rule before dropping yet another diss track, “I Smell Pussy.”

In 2013 Ja Rule publicly announced that 50 Cent won the beef, but that hasn’t stopped 50 from continuing to diss Ja.

Aside from their lyrics, no blow comes close to 2018 when 50 Cent bought out the first 200 rows of Ja Rule’s concert so he’d perform to an empty venue:

4. No Vaseline — Ice Cube

Ice Cube was the first member to leave N.W.A. in 1989. He believed their manager Jerry Heller was unfairly compensating the group.

While allegations around Heller’s contribution or detriment to N.W.A. remain controversial, Ice Cube had a lot to say about their professional relationship on No Vaseline.

Ice Cube kept silent on the group in his debut album AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted. Then, N.W.A. released 100 Miles Runnin’ and Dr. Dre said:

It started with five but yo one couldn’t take it.

So now there’s four ’cause the fifth couldn’t make it.

The number’s even. And now I’m leaving.”

Dr. Dre

Ice Cube takes a turn on each member of N.W.A. and their manager in the iconic lyrics of No Vaseline.

This hip-hop beef became so obvious that Cube’s producer Sir Jinx says they never wanted to beef with the group. But, crowds perceived their disputes as Ice Cube simply standing up for himself.

5. Killshot — Eminem’s hip hop beef with Machine Gun Kelly

Eminem and Machine Gun Kelly’s hip-hop beef started in 2012 when MGK called a viral picture of Em’s 16-year old daughter “Hot as fuck.”

For a few years, MGK implied that Eminem was below him and out to get him through indirect accusations over interviews and his lyrics

I understand his frustration, but it’s common knowledge that coming Eminem is automatically a lost battle.

In Killshot, Eminem refers to MGK as Stan, rehashing his song about a fan who obsessed over Em to the point of insanity. The lyrics cut so deep, even 50 Cent commended their ruthlessness.

While this is one of Eminem’s most aggressive songs, my favorite lyrics have to be the somewhat more lighthearted:

“But how you gonna name yourself after a damn gun and have a man bun?”


6. Hit ‘Em Up — Tupac’s rap beef with the East Coast

It’s sacrilegious to write about hip hop beef and not feature the most memorable lines of the 90s East vs. West Coast feud.

Tupac started taking shots at East Coast artists after suspecting they were behind his near-death shooting and robbery at New York studio Quad Recording Studio.

Months later while 2Pac was in prison, Biggie dropped Who Shot Ya? This song was recorded long before the incident, but on account of its timing, 2Pac took it as a direct attack.

Pac started planning his diss track in prison and in his rhymes took intense blows at East Coast rappers’ girlfriends, careers, and physical appearances.

While the verses themselves are merciless, nothing hits as hard as the last minute and a half of the song when 2Pac stops rhyming and blasts his opinion on the East Coast in some of the vilest lyrics rap has ever seen:

“Well, this is how we gonna do this: fuck Mobb Deep!

Fuck Biggie! Fuck Bad Boy as a staff, record label, and as a motherfuckin’ crew!

And if you wanna be down with Bad Boy, then fuck you too!”


7. Barbie Dreams — Nicki Minaj

One of Nicki’s favorite parts of this song was the reactions she got for it. Barbie Dreams pays homage to 90s hip hop from its vintage beat to its aggressive nature. In her 2018 song, Nicki addresses rapper by rapper speaking about their controversies and stirring the pot.

Regardless of this being one of the most honest and outspoken rap lyrics of our time, Nicki claims this isn’t a hip hop beef track but instead a joke and tribute to diss tracks from the 90s.

Nicki is no stranger to beef, on and off her tracks, as she’s been seen engaging in altercations with Cardi B, Mariah Carey, and Remy Ma, to name a few.

Taken as a joke, this song is extremely fun and celebrates rap and hip hop culture and beef in some of the most unconventional ways possible:

“Used to fuck with Young Thug, I ain’t addressing this shit.

Caught him in my dressing room stealing dresses and shit. I used to give this nigga a lisp test and shit.

How you want the puthy? Can’t say your s’s and shit.”

Nicki Minaj

8. Ether — Nas’ hip-hop beef with Jay-Z

In 2001, Jay Z released Takeover with producer Kanye West. The song is seen as a methodic essay addressing his beef with Nas, who was noticeably at a lower point in his career after releasing what is regarded as his weakest work, Nastradamus.

Takeover strategically comments on blows Nas has taken on Jay Z in the past, calling him a fake hustler and questioning his sexuality.

As a response, Nas opens Ether with a deep “Fuck Jay Z” and states that Jay already lost the battle because he doesn’t have what it takes.

Upon its release, the hip-hop beef was so obvious, radio stations claimed it was the end of Jay-Z’s career. While both songs are regarded as some of the best diss tracks of all time, Ether clearly takes the cake.

Since then, Jay Z accepted his defeat and the two squashed their beef leading to their mutual success through collaborations.

9. Duppy Freestyle — Drake and Pusha T’s beef still looms large today

Drake’s beef with Pusha T stems from 2011 when T profusely called out the Canadian rapper for using ghost writers. Since then, the artists have had back and forth disses, taking shots at each other’s labels and close friends.

The same day T dropped his album Daytona, directly dissing Drake for his lack of originality, he responded with Duppy Freestyle.

Drake claimed to have written verses for Kanye in the past – T’s mentor – and followed the song with an invoice to T’s label for his services.

10. Shether — Remy Ma

In 2006 Remy Ma was the self proclaimed Queen of Rap and a year later Nicki followed with her own claim of the title. The dispute led to no bad blood and the two were on good terms for years to follow.

That is until Ma was released from prison and repeatedly took shots at Nicki through her lyrics. Minaj indirectly responded with these lines on her Make Love feature:

“You see, silly rabbit, to be the queen of rap/You gotta sell records, you gotta get plaques/S, plural like the S on my chest.”

Ma took it as a direct offense and released a 7 minute diss track over the beat of perhaps the most iconic diss track of all time: Ether. The lines are brutal, paying proper homage to Nas.

These instances of hip hop beef remind us that rappers get roasted too

Even the highest and the most esteemed creatives can be publicly humiliated and put in their place.

But then again, it’s hard to have a huge ego in an industry where everyone relies on their enormous ego, too.

Rap beef, especially between female artists, can be spun by the media to harshly pin people against each other.

However, it’s valuable to address the cultural roots and contributions that feuds have offered hip-hop and rap.

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What separates the good from the great? A look into GOAT rappers

It has become fashionable to throw around the term GOAT lightly, whether that’s in music, sports, or another field.

Matter of fact, when it comes to internet consumption, many serious happenings are treated as mockeries or made light of when they truly do not deserve to be.

A prime example is Kevin Durant’s MVP acceptance speech. Winning that award took everything in that man’s being to achieve. Yet, the only thing internet trolls focused on was generating memes from his tears and heartfelt sentiments attributed to his single mother. 

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Kevin Durant shares an honorable moment with his mother. (Sue Agrocki, AP)

Kevin Durant will go down in history as one of the most prolific scorers in the NBA game so yes he would be considered in GOAT talks.

Don’t worry, we’re not here to focus on athletes. It was just too strong an example to pass up. Ultimately, we are here to thoroughly appreciate what comprises a legendary artist, and what separates the very good, from the GOAT rappers.

What makes a GOAT in music?

Through and through, a hip hop GOAT is vulnerable.

They are unafraid to confess their shortcomings and share their adversity for the sake of self-progression. It is in these moments that the audience truly becomes aware of the intricacies and specialties that an artist may offer.

Unfortunately, many hip hop artists refuse to go beyond the surface of drugs, guns, money, clothes and acquiring women. Solely, because the majority of out-of-touch/dismissive executives deem this to be popular.

Sure, there is a competitive nature to the sport of rap but the embrace of such hypermasculine and hyper aggressive lyrics contribute to much larger issues as a whole.

“Rap is not intended to be taken seriously, it is merely entertainment.”


Everyone seems to love a braggadocious artist like 50 Cent whom many would consider their GOAT and rightfully so. What everyone seems to overlook is the rigid and narrow version of manhood that he portrays. 

“Cause I hustle baby – this rap sh*t is so easy – I’m getting what you get for a brick to talk greasy.”

(Wanksta, 50 Cent)

The primary element that ails hip hop as a whole is the perpetuation of limited means of expression. What this means is that there are only so many ways that a hip hop artist can reach the masses.

Too often, hip hop deals with violence and degradation, because that’s what the executives decide 

With no regard for decent human existence, many artists fall victim to the label trap. They continue to propagate these indecent lyrics and chalk it up to “business.”

Who cares who it may hurt or what effect it may have because it’s all about the benjamins right?

In reality, these militaristic lyrical styles only generate further preoccupations with violence.

Thus, those who deploy these shallow words only advance the industries’ agenda to promote imagery and tales that exploit the devaluation of black bodies for profit.

A real GOAT in music embraces what it takes to be a true man by taking a hard introspective look inward.

They step outside of that marginalized box and ditch the mindset that they must perform the “hard” role to bolster their credibility. 

Record label executives like Russell Simmons make it extremely hard for a starving artist to succeed. 

Hip hop artists too commonly find themselves at the mercy of their label

Couple the rigidity of executives with all of the out-of-pocket studio fees, lawyer costs, production payments etc. – the only time these artists see any profit is through a signing bonus.

Hence, they must obey the spoonfed formula that the record company forces into mainstream society. That is why it is not far-fetched when Kanye West considers music industry executives as modern-day slaveowners.

Money distorts morals – but not for true GOATS in music

An authentic GOAT does not reinforce negativity because he/she knows there is already too much hatred in this world. Unfortunately, many emcees sacrifice their artistic integrity in exchange for monetary benefit.

Regardless, hip hop as a whole must reject silence and stoicism that contributes to further emotional trauma. These practices have been proven to further the desensitization and normalization of violence in America.

Every connoisseur of the culture must take steps for growth by deciding what is appropriate and utilizing hip hop as a space to further large-scale conversations about race, class, and gender.

A real GOAT like Master P or Nipsey Hussle owns their masters and becomes the sole proprietor of every musical output and endeavor that they labor.

Real rapper GOATS like Kendrick Lamar or Childish Gambino confront the true sources of oppression with valuable lyrical content that rejects the status quo.

A real GOAT like Joey Bada$$ or Talib Kweli uses their platforms for abstract power exertion by productive means.

Real GOATS in music like Kid Cudi, Logic, and Lupe Fiasco create awareness around critical issues such as suicide.

Hip hop does not merely operate in a vacuum. It is an implication of large-scale ailments that continue to harm our youth and cause superstars in the making like Pop Smoke to lose their ability to take precious breaths.

With that, here are my top 7 GOATS in rap.

Ultimately, everyone’s GOATS are subjective. But think about how your favorite really has affected the culture

7) Eminem – His wordplay and intermingling of phrases are unmatched.

6) Busta Rhymes – He reinvents the wheel, is always current, and adapts to inevitable change

5) Jay-Z – Has never fallen off, is the most business-savvy. He is a social justice warrior and mogul in every sense.

4) Big L – The slickest, most flamboyant ruthless rhymer there ever was.

3) Big Pun – His continuous flows are downright unmatchable and is the only Latin artist to ever go 2X platinum.

2) Notorious B.I.G. – Stylistically untouchable, he is a true general, commanding presence, smooth.

1) Tupac Shakur – An undeniable hit-maker, has an undying work ethic, a catalyst, and Black Panther.

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Music vs. The World: These Verzuz battles will get you BIG mad

As exciting as they have been, with more Verzuz battles to come, we got bored and thought we would create a list of match-ups that may be fun to see play out. Founded by super producers Timbaland and Swizz Beatz, who started the battle wave, have fostered friendly hit-for-hit between music icons.

Their battle has been followed by acts like songwriters, The Dream versus Sean Garrett, recording talents Ryan Teddy versus Benny Blanco, hip hop legends Rza versus DJ Premier, and famously the glitch-filled episodes between Teddy Riley and Babyface.

We thought we would create a list that expanded on the idea of the illustrious Verzuz battles. We would love to hear your angle on some of these battles listed, and who you think should go head to head while we are still battling COVID.

Tyler, The Creator vs. Asap Rocky

Apart from the pranks, their friendship hasn’t really been tested.

Lil Uzi Vert vs. Playboi Carti

Let the dreads fly with these two, as they go back and forth on dropping music – or not.

Travis Scott vs. Kanye West

The ‘gawd’ Yé has made gospel off the back of Travis Scott’s original sound. And let’s not forget their sneaker collabs.

Chalrie Wilson vs. Ronald Isley

These two have timeless vocal cords.

Beanie Sigel vs. Meek Mill

I think these two need to just call Smack for a URL rap battle.

Keyshia Cole vs. Lil Mo

These Superwomen can really tug on the emotional chords and still rock with your favorite rappers.

Usher vs. Chris Brown

Both started making music in their teens and have the dance moves to tear up any rug.

Ghostface vs. Raekwon

Learning these two had real beef before rap, it’s only right they put their tracklists up against each other.

Funk Flex vs. DJ Clue

These two have always been on opposite ends about their crafts.

J. Cole vs. Kendrick Lamar

I’m confident everyone could agree that this would be one for the history books.

Red Hot Chilli Peppers vs. Green Day

Shirtless rockers and the “Emo” kids collide.

ELLA Mai vs. Alicia Keys

I’d love to hear and compare vocals and lyrics as these two can really help you tell someone “I like you” and hopefully spark romance.

Eve vs. Remy Ma

These veteran Rap Mistresses are nothing to play with and they have records to prove it.

50 Cent vs. Ja Rule

50 still has the power. And Fyre Fest – you owe us, Ja.

Saweetie vs. Megan Thee Stallion

Whether you’re into “eight-figure” dudes or just straight ‘savage’, a battle between these young women seems – pretty – fun.

Sonny Digital vs. Metro Boomin

Battle of the beats, this would slap so hard.

Dizzee Rascal vs. Skepta

Grime’s finest has got to get a piece of the action.

Vybez Kartel vs. Mavado

These two have been at it for some years.

Nickelback vs. Creed

This may be the most epic deep bellowed screamfest of all time.

Eminem vs. Logic

I kind of just want to see these two in a boxing ring gloved up, LOL.

Bieber vs. Timberlake

Battle of the Justins. Who’s stealing more hearts?

Jeezy vs. TI

From bandannas and tipped fitted caps to three-piece suits and lapel pins, these two have come a long way from the trap.

Lil Wayne vs. Future

Who can put out more music in a single studio session?

Nicki Minaj vs. Cardi B

I think we are way over due for this.

Jay Z vs. Nas

The eternal flame burns – ether.

J Balvin vs. Bad Bunny

Who runs the Latin music world?

Will Smith vs. LL Cool J

Born the same year, these two rappers turned actors might as well find something to do during the quarantine.

Mary J. Blige vs. Janet Jackson

Mary may not be as good a dancer, but the music can stack up to Janet.

Diddy vs. Suge Knight

“To all you artists out there, who don’t wanna be on [IG Live] where the executive producer’s…all up in [your stories], all on [your post] dancin’…then come to Death Row!” – Suge Knight.

Could you imagine – Bad Boy and Death Row in today’s era?

Fantasia vs. Jennifer Hudson

Who is your American Idol?

Davido vs. Burna Boy

Like David and Goliath – Davido and the African Giant – straight out of mythology. How epic this could be.

Darius Rucker vs. Jimmie Allen

Country music is lit! Storytelling at it’s finest. Two different generations but don’t sleep. Heard of Lil Nas X?

Kane Brown vs. Sam Hunt

‘Cause Country Music is so lit.

Britney Spears vs. Christina Aguilera

Pop queens face-off for the ages.

Brandy vs. Monica

Who does the boy really belong too?

Alchemist vs. Harry Fraud

The smokers’ lounge is now open with beats that will make you believe even you can write a rhyme or two.

Lil Kim vs. Foxy Brown

Brooklyn is still the livest borough, so put your lighters up.

GoldLink vs. Anderson Paak

This might just be the most jazziest musical duo overall.

MC Lyte vs. Queen Latifah

As far as women empowerment goes, this might be as good as Jill Scott versus Erykah Badu.

Gucci Mane vs. 2 Chainz

Big Guwap and Tity Boi. The most lavish battle to take place all the way down in the ‘A’.

Pharrell Williams vs. Rick Rubin

Two music gods walk into the studio… Need we say more.

Birdman vs. Master P

This one is for the cash money getters. Those that know no limits.

Lil Jon vs. Diplo

Turn down for what?

Snoop Dogg vs. Snoop Lion

If you ever wanted to live a second life – here you go!

Madonna vs. Lady Gaga

These gender bender brands don’t care how you were born as long as you came to dance.

Migos vs. Beasty Boys

These Big 3 might not be fair but worth a mention. Hasn’t been many trios this tight in hip hop.

Wale vs. Complex

Wale won’t let them off the hook.

Sean Paul vs. Elephant Man

Dancehall has always been a flashy genre and we all got busy pon di river to these artists here.

Shaggy vs. Mr. Vegas

Mr. Boombastic better keep his head high.

Daddy Yankee vs. Tego Calderon

Fat Joe can be the referee. Make sure you bring the gasoline.

Trey songz vs. August Alsina

You may want to keep your girl close.

Talib Kweli vs. Q-Tip

NEW YORK – OCTOBER 27: Talib Kweli and Q-Tip attend Q-Tip’s “The Renaissance” album release party at the Bowery Hotel on October 27, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)

Makes sense.

Mos Def vs. Black Thought

A lot of food for thought between these two.

Jodeci vs. Dru Hill

The “Ooo yeahs” would go so hard.

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Get Rich or Die Tryin’ turns 16: Is it the greatest debut hip-hop album ever?

Is Get Rich or Die Tryin‘ the greatest debut hip-hop album of all-time? Well, Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson sure thinks so.

In case you forgot, the G-Unit CEO took to Twitter this morning to remind everyone that today Feb. 6, 2019, was the 16th anniversary for his wildly successful LP and jokingly compared it to Michael Jackson’s greatest hits.

50 is a master of all trades, which, for him, has been both a blessing and a curse.

His business ventures, plays in Hollywood, and trolling tantrums have come to overshadow his current music and if he keeps it up it could end up doing the same for his classics.

With today marking the 16th the anniversary of the LP, the statement poses a formidable question that deserves consideration: Is GRODT the greatest hip-hop debut ever? Is it as farfetched as it seems?

There are a lot of great debut hip-hop albums. Biggie’s Ready to Die comes to mind and what Clipse was able to do with Lord Willin‘ back in 2002 was a moment in time; then when you factor in Wu Tang’s 36 Chambers and Jeezy’s Thug Motivation 1:01, picking a clear ‘best’ seems impossible.

But if any album had a case, it’s GRODT.

50 Cent had the hype, the story, and the numbers. If you were around in ’03, you would know he had the streets on smash, too. If Fifty doesn’t get it with his portfolio, who does?

The Hype

Before signing to Shady Records, Aftermath Entertainment, and Interscope Records for what was at the time an unprecedented $1 million deal, 50 Cent had been releasing mixtapes, building his name in streets of South Jamaica, Queens.

His 2002 Guess Who’s Back mixtape was inescapable at the time and got the city to embrace him in a major way, so when they saw the 27-year-old paired up with Dr. Dre and Eminem a year later it took him to another level.

That’s what made Get Rich or Die Tryin’ so stinkin’ successful — the build-up and anticipation.

Larger-than-life origin story

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What else has largely helped Fif’s case?  His harrowing backstory.

In 2000, he survived an attack where he was shot nine times in front of his house. He was also dropped from his label and was left hanging out to dry by most.

Showing his business prowess young, he flipped his truth and sold it to Hollywood for a script, producing the biopic, Get Rich or Die Tryin’ to go along with the album. Needless to say, it was a hit.

But the fact that you got a real-life ‘gangsta’ story with 50 was why a lot of people flocked to him and his penchant for melodies and catchy hooks helped them there.


Last but certainly not least, 50 Cent did numbers.

Get Rich or Die Tryin’ sold over 800K copies in its first week and has since been certified Diamond by the RIAA, with the two singles  “In Da Club” & “21 Questions” featuring the late Nate Dogg and “P.I.M.P.,” going number one in the country.

The movie helped it earn a Grammy nod in 2004 and although it has a poor review on Rotton Tomatoes, it is a cult favorite.

50 Cent talks a lot of shit — probably the biggest to do it — but when it comes to his debut LP he might actually be on to something. Of course, other compelling cases will be made, but on the 16th anniversary of Get Rich or Die Tryin’ let’s all pretend to agree, for now.

The unlikely pair of 50 Cent Chris Albrecht could push Starz to the top

With an overwhelming amount of content and an array of distribution platforms, the landscape for television has shifted dramatically over the past decade.

Yet, Starz CEO, Chris Albrecht is more than well-versed in the television market. In the decade prior, he was the CEO of HBO and the creative force that has instrumentally shaped what TV looks like today.

Now, pair the knowledge of an entertainment industry veteran, with that of the rap superstar, actor, businessman and entrepreneur, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, and you get a recipe for a pair who could change the industry, again.

50 Cent may be the household name, but Albrecht is responsible for providing content for millions of people to watch in their households. His tenure at HBO is noted for changing the landscape of television by creating a seemingly endless stream of critically acclaimed series, such as Oz, The Wire, Sex and the City, The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, Deadwood, Band of Brothers, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Entourage, along with several other programs.

While the business partnership between the music mogul and the media mogul may seem like a new iteration of The Odd Couple, the pair is taking full advantage of the Golden Age of TV. Indeed, the major success of the Starz crime-drama series Power is testament to this.


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Since teaming up, the two businessmen have produced five seasons of the gritty crime-drama, with a sixth on the way. The show has also produced one of the most dedicated fan bases in the social media age.

It was announced last year that 50 Cent signed an exclusive, multi-series and multi-million dollar deal with premium cable network Starz.

According to Variety, the deal is worth up to $150 million and is linked to 50 Cent’s production company, G-Unit Film and Television Inc., which he founded in 2003.

Both on screen and off, Jackson proves, again and again, that the star can deliver content people want. 50 Cent is one of the most recognized rappers today and he is responsible for creating one of the most prolific rap artist/group labels. His venture into acting and entrepreneurship (with his stake in Vitamin Water) has led to his net-worth hitting monumental heights.

The duo sat down for a curated talk at Business Insider’s Ignition conference in December last year. Jackson recalled that when he pitched his series ideas to Albrecht, the star admitted,

“I was essentially requesting the biggest deal in premium cable history.”

During the discussion, 50 explained how the company’s willingness to grant him a large amount of creative freedom to develop and produce graphic content, largely informed his decision to stay with the premium cable channel. He compared the serial content of his hit series to creating “ten R-rated feature films.”

In discussing the deal, the Starz CEO Chris Albrecht insisted that he wasn’t just looking to produce a single show with the deal, but a brand. He said,

“The sky is limit when you are in business with this guy,”

For some time now, Albrecht has been dedicated to not just producing new shows but the Starz brand itself. The 58-year-old executive has been formulating and configuring how explicit the content on the premium cable channel needs to be in order to make a significant dent in the market.

While Jackson is reveling at the artistic freedom he can leverage with the premium cable channel, at the same time, Albrecht is trying to formulate content that mediates between the explicit and family friendly.

According to GQ, Starz pays hundreds of millions of dollars each year for the exclusive rights to air movies by the Walt Disney Co., Pixar, and Sony.

On what’s next to come, 50 will make his debut as a director in Power this season and Starz is already developing three spin-offs of its hit series, one of which, includes a prequel orientated around 50’s character, Kanan.


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I’m on set working on my directorial debut episode 603 #bellator #lecheminduroi

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Additionally, 50 Cent is calling on the public for actors for his upcoming series about the Detroit-based BMF drug organization. The rap star announced on his IG that casting for the film will be held in different cities across the nation.

The film, under his production company, G-Unit Film and Television, will definitely be one of the most highly anticipated films whenever it comes out.

With 50 Cent pushing the envelope with some of the most gripping and graphic content on television, Chris Albrecht will be there making even more game-changing moves that could push the Starz network to the next level. We’ll be watching, that’s for sure.

50 Cent takes his talents to Twitter after being way too hot-boy for IG

50 Cent is back at it again with the jokes, but this time he might have gone too far. As if he would care anyway, the man is a straight up savage!

The Get Rich or Die Tryin’ rapper posted a lewd picture of  Teairra Marí post fellatio on his IG, milk mustache, and all. Best believe the caption was brazy. It read, “Damn baby, This reality TV shit going too far @misstmari what you doing this for? get the strap.”

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Since it’s timely posting, the picture has been deleted by the photo-sharing social network. Still, that didn’t stop over 50,000 people from seeing it.

Damn man as if Teairra Marí couldn’t be any sicker. Yesterday afternoon, an ex-lover hacked her IG and violated her timeline. That video will be on the internet forever. I’m talking Xvideos, The Fappening, and all that. You already know I had to peep.

Back to 50 Cent’s savagery. After the “Piggybank” gangsta realized IG took down the pic homie said #censorthesenuts and goodbye to his 17.9 million followers.

But he’s been wildin’ on Instagram for a minute now, gunning pretty much every rapper, co-signing Tekashi69 and posting some of the most hot-boy videos the web has to offer. It’s a shame that he’s no stepping away from the social media platform.

The caption that reads on his last post says, “I’m leaving IG, I’m going back to Twitter. They take shit down off my page without notifying me. #censorthesenuts.”

C’mon FIF, everyone knows that IG is on their shit when it comes to posting hot-boy shit on their servers. IG’s term of use reads:

“You may not post violent, nude, partially nude, discriminatory, unlawful, infringing, hateful, pornographic or sexually suggestive photos or other content via the service.”

Next time read the fine print dawg. Plus you are not going anywhere sucka because you know we can’t live without your trolling on IG. This goodbye to IG is a troll in itself.

If you needed any reason to follow 50 on Twitter now, you can see that he’s not letting up and is going to be talking just as spicy, if not spicier, than he was on IG.

Low key we need yo “Akademics, Eneyce, Geno Green wearing, MECCA model in the face ass, ” as ASAP Rocky beautifully clapped back.

Don’t believe me? Peep the NY diss battle for yourself. The comment war had me wheezing.

5 ways Tekashi 6ix9ine can actually claim the ‘King of NY’ crown

When claiming the music throne of your city you can expect haters to call you a jester in the court of rap royalty. Especially if your name is Tekashi 6ix9ine.

If you’ve been under a rock the 21-year-old, rainbow haired, blood gang member, and Mexican-American Brooklyn rapper claimed last month that he is the King of New York via IG. In the video 6ix9ine said,

“A lot of people feel some type of way that I’m the king of New York, I feel you, but if I wasn’t the king of New York, don’t you think somebody would’ve stopped me by now? Don’t you think somebody would’ve put an end to that? If I wasn’t the king of New York, y’all wouldn’t even wanna pay me no mind. Y’all be like, ‘Just let that f*****g clown talk.’ Y’all be so caught in y’all feelings cause y’all know it’s true.”

Can you blame 6ix9ine for claiming NY is his kingdom? He does have a point.

Besides Cardi B, it seems as if no other rapper from NY measures up with 6ix9ine’s hit records. To add to his confidence, fellow NY royal rapper, 50 Cent, has co-signed 6ix9ine’s throne siege.

The unicorn rapper has had his hit song “Gummo” appear on the Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs list twice at the No. 5 and 8 spot respectively.

Plus with the arrival of his debut album Day69, he was able to garner two more tracks on the Billboard charts “Billy” and “Rondo” which ranked at 38 and 31.

Lest we mention that most can’t help but get hype to 6ix9ine’s music.

Not only does his musical track record dub him a rap king (at this time) but his first studio album debuted at the No. 3 spot on both the  Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Top Rap Albums early in March.

The only problem with him claiming NY as his kingdom is that you can’t just claim the throne and hold a musical scepter over all the kings before you. There are rules to this game.

Here are five ways 6ix9ine can actually claim the throne with no beef.

1. “Real G’s move in silence like lasagna…”

The “Best Rapper Alive,” Lil Wayne, rapped those bars in “6 Foot 7 Foot” seven years ago and no one has forgotten the wisdom he gave in that global hit song.

In 2011, Weezy F Baby “the key to the ladies” was at the top of his game. He released three Top ten Billboard tracks that year. Still, homie never claimed himself the king of New Orleans. Instead, he let the numbers and his music do the talking.

I suggest you take a lesson out of Wayne’s book 6ix9ine. He had already been in the game for 14 years at that point and still stayed humble AF.

Just saying, you should follow suit, homie.

2. Get your face, brand and music in Times Square

You can claim the rap throne of NY all you want 6ix9ine but until us New Yorkers see a billboard with your face printed on it in Times Square, sorry to say, but you aren’t even close.

A king of NY like Diddy throws himself and his brand up on the Big Apple’s skyscrapers so that everyone can see him as the king looking down on his empire. Same with Jay-Z.

Can you name another rapper who hyped up their album like 444

Jay-Z really went above and beyond to prove his presence is godlike by taking out probably the most expensive ad space in the world. Where you at 6ix9ine? The king of my state is all over the city that never sleeps.

3. Think before you clap back and react to the hate

No one should have to “test your gangsta.” For Pete’s sake, it’s 2018 homie. Learn from the rap gods before you like Tupac and Biggie whose offensive lyrics and words got them killed. RIP.

The beef wasn’t even that crazy where they had to set one other up but music is so powerful that some crazy cook might take action, you feel me. 6ix9ine we all fuck with your music but move gracefully dawg.

If not for yourself, do it for us. Your music is to fire to fade away. Don’t die on me!

4. Keep giving back to the people

This is good, as a great king always remembers the people within his empire. Only a foolish king would forget them.

Giving back is always good karma. It creates a bond between you and your fans that will be very hard to break in the future. This is what a king needs followers who will never sway because of what he has done for them or what he can do for them.

These are the people buying your music or giving you streams. The journey to the throne could be tough but it’s important to never forget where you came from. Keep those who helped you close to your heart.

5. Let love be the guiding light when it comes to beef

That above video is a snippet of Snoop Dogg telling the story of how Nas almost washed Tupac when he and the late rapper crossed paths in Central Park, NY. As Snoop says in the snippet, this is some real gangsta shit.

Tupac at the time was just about to debut a diss track and confronted Nas regarding its release. Nas said he had a love for Tupac and shook his hand but little did Tupac realize, Nas had close to 100 goons with him.

Instead of being the aggressor and absolutely scrubbing Tupac he didn’t and approached the situation with love. This to me is possibly how Nas conquered NY by keeping his cool, approaching a situation with love and pouncing on his opposers at an appropriate time.

6ix9ine you should do the same. Don’t let the hate get to you and always remember that a soft answer will always turn away wrath. Still, do you but do you smartly homie. We all fucking with the movement.

Bless up young Prince of NY!

How Lil Wayne and Nas’ beef low key shaped the rap game today

Let’s rewind it back to a simpler time. It’s 2006. You’re probably in middle school or high school trying to bring “Sexy Back” like Justin Timberlake or obsessed with Borat.

Jay-Z’s retirement has left a void in New York, and N.Y. MCs found themselves fighting for the crown.

50 Cent is beefing with every rapper in the Big Apple (with good reason). T.I. is claiming “King of The South,” and Lil Wayne just declared himself the “BEST RAPPER ALIVEwhile Nas is leading the “hip-hop is dead” crusade.

His reasoning is because New York is the Mecca of hip-hop culture, and with NY artists beefing with each other, ‘hip-hop’ is killing itself. Think of it as your childhood home. It groomed you to be the person you are today.

Your childhood memories would be lost if your house was ever sold or washed away. Put it this way, if a rapper from the South was claiming king in an era where Southern hip-hop wasn’t as mainstream, hip-hop is dead. Due to the lack of media outlets and exposure, rappers from the South were viewed as simple, lacking substance and slow.

We are still in 2006. Lil Wayne is out to prove he is the best rapper alive. Remember, Nas is saying hip-hop is dead; even after the release of Weezy’s now critically acclaimed album, Tha Carter II. This ignites a fire in Wayne.

The disrespect that Wayne is getting from Nas is asinine. The lyrical assault displayed on C2 was flawless. Inspired, Wayne went back to the lab and dropped another classic, Dedication 2, within a 5 month span.

Nas is still not giving him the credit he deserves. The amount of classic material Lil Wayne is about to release… to this day in 2018, is still unmatched.

Wayne dropped Dedication 2, Like Father Like Son, I Can’t Feel My Face with New York artist Juelz Santana, Lil Weezy Ana, Drought 3, The Carter 3 Files, and countless features all building up to his album, Tha Carter III. 

It’s 2008 and Lil Wayne is gearing up for the release of his biggest album to date. He’s not worried about the sales because Tune knows he will at sell at least a milli (y’all catch that? lol).

Weezy’s still out to prove that he is the BEST RAPPER ALIVE, and at this point, he is putting Southern hip-hop on his back. On “Dr. Carter” he proves it. In the track “Gossip” he says,

“Stop, analyzing, criticizing, you should realize who I am and start epitomizing”

“Dr. Carter” is a lyrical onslaught full of subliminal shots to Nas that would change the landscape of the rap game forever. What “Dr. Carter” is doing is pulling the plug on New York hip-hop and bringing the crown to the South.

In 2007, at the BET Hip-Hop Awards Wayne performed “Gossip”. Responding to Nas telling him that he’s the best rapper in the game and he doesn’t care about his props. In 2008 he would change the rap game forever. Once again to quote the track,

“You don’t have to pick me to win the title fight, but I’m a wear that championship belt so tight.”

It took years for Nas to make “Hip-Hop is Dead” and it took Wayne two years to craft the perfect song to respond. The first verse on “Dr. Carter” addresses concepts and originality.

When Nas dropped “Hip-Hop is Dead” he did it as a concept. It was his campaign to help him sell records.

Wayne sees this as Nas lacking originality and conceptual ideas that actually push the culture forward. Tunechi is mocking Nas because his music isn’t popping and is ridiculing Nas because he only has one style while Wayne has several.

Wayne raps:

“All I need is ONE MIC” (one of Nas’ best songs) All I need is one take, like hey brighter than a sun ray, gotta pistol on the playground watch the gunplay”

This is a direct diss to Nas. In Nas’ song, “I Gave You Power”, he compared himself to a gun.

Lil Wayne is saying that he’s that much smarter than Nas and he’s essentially playing with him like a kid. Nas sees what Wayne is doing, but won’t acknowledge him as one of the best. Wayne understands this and that is why he is dissing him so effortlessly.

Displaying that, when it comes to rap, he’s that much better than Nas, Wayne goes on to explain to the world not to be like Nas, but to be yourself.

Weezy also says “gotta work everyday, gotta not be cliche….gotta have faith,” he understands that’s cliche and that’s why the first verse ends with a flat line because he was telling you what society tells you to get you motivated. It’s an extended double entendre. Be yourself and you’ll always win. On “Dr. Carter” he says,

“So I stopped writing, Now I’m like lighting and you ain’t Vince Young so don’t clash with the Titan.”

In the second verse it’s all about respect. When Nas said hip-hop is dead, it was disrespectful to the rap game and to Wayne personally.

Weezy is not tripping anymore because he knows Nas’ career is dying off. Nas also criticizes rappers for using other rappers rhymes. Most notably, he’s criticized Jay-Z for biting lyrics.

Jay-Z said when he uses a Biggie line, it’s to embrace his legacy. This second verse is used to pay his respects to Kanye, Jeezy, and Swizz Beats. Nas made a career off rapping over samples to criticize the use of others work in your own work is hypocritical.

That is what Weezy aims to show Nas. He also says Nas can’t battle Wayne bar for bar because he couldn’t keep up and that’s why his career is dying. So Lil Wayne gives Nas a Vicodin, tells him to relax and watch how easy it is for him to run the rap game, killing his career in the process.

In the last verse, Wayne brings it home with his own unique style. His swag and confidence on the track brings his words to life to the point that you can see it vividly. The rap game is alive through him.

If it wasn’t for Wayne’s hard work and sacrifices, there wouldn’t be Future, 2 Chainz, Lil Uzi Vert, Young Thug, Drake or Lil Yachty, Kodak Black and many more of your new favorite artists.

Not only did he diss Nas, but he dissed Nas while birthing a whole new era of hip-hop.

Lil Wayne is the real reason why the South continues to run the rap game today.

Peep the original article on The Speez Channel.

50 Cent’s most savage moments prove he’ll cut ass on anybody

50 Cent has sold controversy his whole career. His first big single before Get Rich or Die Tryin’  was the song “How To Rob.”

In that song, 50 spends 4 minutes explaining in detail how he’d go about robbing each rapper in the industry. Since then, 50 has given no fucks when talking about anything, if it exists he has an opinion.

Yesterday was the 8th anniversary of 50’s classic troll of Fat Joe.

In the video posted to the Queens rapper claimed Joe’s music was so bad it gave him “noise poisoning.”

The troll shows 50 crying and hugging his son while whining “it hurt me” and “I don’t care about the money… it sucks.” No matter how you feel about 50, that video is hilarious and is the epitome of 50’s trolling.

Fat Joe wasn’t the first and damn sure wasn’t the last guy 50 cent violated freely. Throughout the years 50 hasn’t missed a step when coming for people’s necks.

In honor of this legendary troll here’s 5 more people who 50 cent has had a blast cutting ass on.

Rick Ross

Bro. Do y’all remember this shit?

For those who don’t know, 50 Cent lost his home to a fire in 2009 and Rick Ross poked fun at the situation on a track. After that it was on between the two rappers but 50 came DIRTY.

This was around the time his website was popping due to all his comedy skits. 50 responded by dropping two videos featuring Rick Ross’ baby mother and his kids.

In the videos the baby mother exposes Ross as a former correctional officer while 50 hugs and kisses all over his kids.

God forgive me for laughing but this is one of the most savage ways to handle a beef ever. This shit was evil and I love it so fucking much.


50 has been coming at Diddy for years now. At this point I don’t think it’s actual beef but that doesn’t make it any less funny.

I swear if 50 didn’t rap he would’ve got his breakout doing comedy. 50 has always made a point to come at the person on top and Puffy’s been the guy on top for years now.

Whatever their relationship is I hope 50’s jokes never end.

Ja Rule

You know, it’s really sad what happened to Ja Rule. In 2017 his name is laughable musically, but he was huge before 50 came in the game.

When 50 Cent took over the rap game his mission was to kick everyone he didn’t like to the curb. Ja Rule just got the worst hand in that shit.

Floyd Mayweather Jr.

“The check say Golden Boy, that mean you work for Oscar bitch?!” This feud was mad fun because these two are brothers.

No one can talk about Floyd the way 50 did and he definitely talked about that man. Fif challenging the undefeated boxer to read Harry Potter was funny as hell.

After lessening the challenge to a page of Cat in the Hat, Floyd responded challenging 50 to take a picture with all his kids. Why is everything 50 involved in so savage?

Irv Gotti

50 still doesn’t like the Co-founder of Murder Inc. The two hip-hop stars have had problems since the destruction of Murder Inc. (courtesy of 50).

As always, 50 hasn’t let off his neck and takes every chance he can to throw a quick jab at him.

Recently in his interview with The Breakfast Club, when asked about Irv’s competing show on BET, 50 immediately made it clear that he was going to have that show taken off ASAP.

50 Cent says Trump offered him $500k to appear during campaign

While on a press tour promoting his new BET show 50 Central, 50 Cent spoke on president Trump reaching out to him during last year’s presidential campaign.

While on Hot 97’s ‘Ebro in the Morning,’ 50 claimed that Trump offered him half a mil to appear alongside Trumpito on the campaign trail. 50 said,

“Before he got elected, they were having issues with the African American vote. They wanted to pay me $500,000 as part of the campaign just to make an appearance. I was like, ‘Nah, that’s not good money.’ That’s not worth it!”

Definitely not worth it. The Hot 97 crew went on to roast Kanye West and Steve Harvey for appearing alongside Trump at his own house, essentially punking themselves and letting Trump use them to boost his own image. But 50 doesn’t allow himself to be punked.

50 spoke on Trump earlier this week while on The View (yes 50 Cent was on The View, it’s a beautiful new world) saying, “We gotta get rid of him,” to a round of applause from the studio audience.

Shouts out to 50 for not letting himself be used by the overly-tanned loser in the White House.

As for 50’s new show 50 Central, it’s a mix of sketch comedy, stand-up, musical performances, and hidden camera pranks. 50 Cent told XXL about the vision behind the show,

“The platform itself is supposed to be the place where aspiring talent—whether it’s an aspiring artist or artist that has a hit record—it belongs on 50 Central. It’s diverse. It’s a little edgy. Like, when you went to go see a stand-up comedian, the language that he would use to make you feel like you’re actually with the person being in the neighborhood you come from.”

50 Central premiered last night to raucous reviews.

Keep hustling, Fif!