50 Cent usually reserves his strongest disses for those who speak badly about him. But when Rick Ross spoke some harsh words about the “In Da Club” rapper, he gave a response that could be considered gentlemanly.
Ross is in the throes of promoting his new album “Port of Miami 2,” the sequel to his debut album “Port of Miami” that dropped in 2006.
On Wednesday the former prison guard stopped by “Big Boy’s Neighborhood” on the Los Angeles station 92.3, and the radio host asked him if he’d ever collaborate with 50 despite their ongoing beef.
The two rappers have been enemies since 2008 when 50 was still beefing with Fat Joe. Today 50 and Joe are friends, but back then 50 warned Ross not to befriend the “Lean Back” rapper or he’d have beef by association.
Then one year later, Ross dissed 50 in his cut “Mafia Music,” and the beef, which is still unresolved, kept on going.
“Honestly, I’m a businessman,” said Ross when he answered Big Boy’s question about working with 50. “If 50 Cent still had value, I may have been done it. But, not being funny, homie just ain’t that dude no more.”
The Miami rapper then referenced 50’s 2005 cut with The Game “Hate It Or Love It,” off the Compton spitter’s “The Documentary” album. Ross said if 50 still made music in the same way, he’d be all for a collaboration.
“We was riding through L.A. smoking to ‘Hate It or Love It’ yesterday,” Ross explained. “That sh–was dope. We was saluting Cool & Dre. That’s Miami who did the production. Game and 50 Cent, that was dope. If he was still making music like that, of course.”
50 was told about Ross’ comments when he was doing a press run for his show “Power” since its sixth and final season starts on August 25. And very calmly, the New York rapper articulated why he feels Ross has no music value. 50 also said he doesn’t care what the Floridian rhymer said about him.
“I don’t know what his value is to music culture at this moment,” said Fif. “I never made music with him. I don’t have interest in making music with him. A lot of these guys, even when you make reference to music culture and stuff like that, they’re one-trick ponies, so they’re going to be gone.
“In hip-hop, they say it’s not what have you done, [it’s] what have you done for me lately,” 50 added. “So you could get next to the guys that got momentum and try and survive based on that, but it’s not a lot going on there.”
Despite 50’s music not pulling in the numbers like it used to, some might say he’s still maintained total relevance through his social media presence, his hit show “Power” and his various business ventures.
Ross, meanwhile, also added more titles to that of rapper, by being the founder of the record label Maybach Music Group and by helping to turn his artists Meek Mill and Wale into household names. Ross also owns several Wingstop locations.
After the words of both rappers hit the Internet, people kept talking about 50’s response.
“Maturity. I’m shocked but proud of you @50cent,” someone wrote on Instagram.
“I ’m actually proud of his response this time 💯,” wrote another.
But one person said 50 really wanted to respond angrily but couldn’t because he was handling business.
“50 can’t respond the way he wants to respond yet cus he doing a press tour for power but wait til he get home 😂,” that person wrote.