E-40 and Too $hort’s recent Verzuz battle once again showed that you can have a good head-to-head face-off between two artists from the same city. Ja Rule agrees, but also believes it doesn’t apply to the highly requested matchup that would put him against arch-rival 50 Cent even if he wanted to do it.
When Swizz Beatz and Timbaland were successful in pulling off Brandy and Monica’s Verzuz and the tense showdown between longtime rivals Gucci Mane and Jeezy, they showed that it was possible for individuals who are or may have been at odds to come together and put on a historic show for their fans. Ja Rule and 50 Cent have since been mentioned as a highly requested matchup, but a battle between the longtime foes will probably never see the light of day.
In an interview with HipHopDX, Ja Rule confirmed that a Verzuz with the “Many Men” rapper “ain’t gonna happen.”
“Listen, man. Everybody don’t want the smoke. Everybody don’t want this smoke. I got heat,” he explained before touting his extensive catalog.
“Let me tell you something, when I do my shows, I can rock. I’m telling you, it’s like an hour of straight hit records. No filler. All crab meat, nigga. This ain’t the joints with the — you know what I’m saying? All meat in that muthafucking crab cake, nigga. It’s all meat, nigga.”
The Pain is Love star clarified that, at his age, his ideal Verzuz would “be fun” rather than one centered around beef — which he would prefer to resolve in a boxing ring.
“Verzuz is supposed to be about the celebration of music, and the art and the artistry. So, I would want my Verzuz to be fun and filled with love in the room and shit…that sort of thing,” he said.
“I’m too old to be in Verzuz beef and to be in with my team of niggas, all my team of niggas, we’re like, ‘Come on, man’. I’m 44, dog. Just get a boxing ring, and we get in there, and we do that. All this other funny nutty shit, we ain’t doing that, man.”
The “Put It On Me” emcee’s disinterest in facing 50 Cent in a Verzuz is a far cry from sentiments he expressed in the early months of quarantine. Shortly after the Verzuz platform was created, Ja said that he was open to a battle with his years long enemy. “I want all the smoke,” he told Fat Joe at the time. “I’ll behave.”
Look below for Ja Rule’s interview with HipHopDX.
Ja and 50 are no where near the same space that Gucci and Jeezy are in, for one they were never friends, and at this point never will be.