10 reasons why it was easy for 50 cent kill Ja Rule career

 Ja rule 2010

It was 2003 and 50 Cent took the game by storm with a mixtape a year before the single “Wanksta” aimed at Ja Rule. It seem like overnight Ja Rules’ career was destroyed. All the hype around 50 Cent he almost could have said anyone’s name and had the reaction, maybe. He chose to go after Ja Rule though. It was 03’ the only way to compare what happened and make sense of this is to compare it to the war in Iraq. As a country we didn’t like Saddam Hussein so when President Bush went in on Iraq for having WMDs and the injustice and torture of his people we rolled with it. 50 Cent jumped on Ja Rule when we as fans were getting tired of him anyway, no one said it out loud but it was something we all felt. So when Ja Rule had the disses thrown his way we all were cool with watching Ja Rule fall. So let’s get the list popping shall we.

 1. Over exposed

boondocks strip about ja rule

That Boondocks comic strip says it best, the guy was over exposed. You couldn’t go an hour without hearing Ja Rule on “urban” radio. The fact he like Jay-Z, DMX and Ludacris were dropping albums once a year, so they stayed on the radio. Ja Rule however during the height of his career was always on the radio even in small ways. I remember thinking was he on that Fat Joe song that had Ashanti but wasn’t sure until someone told me it was Ja Rule. I mean he’s not even really on there but that little piece in the hook. The guy being featured on so many R&B songs and having singers on his songs actually created a new category at awards shows. So people just got tired of his presence

2. Wrong place at the right time

Many of the fans who turned their backs on Ja rule once 50 Cent took shots at him really didn’t then and now even know Ja rule wasn’t 50 Cents’ first target. For a few tracks 50 Cent went at Sticky Fingaz and Jay-Z. Matter of fact 50 Cent himself on a track said he was putting beef with those MCs to the side to attack Ja Rule. Then the fact the 50 Cent was the focus of Hip Hop right when Hip Hop DVDs were really getting a lot of shine in the hood, so a indirect war on Ja Rule was formed. 50 Cent was on EVERY Hip Hop DVD that came out that year. He was new he had a story with surviving being shot nine times and he had a bone to pick with Ja rule. So when you saw and heard 50 Cent you heard the grudge against Ja rule.

 3. Ja Rule is not LL Cool J

Ja rule had the female audience on lock when he had the radio on lock. His singles were soft core and with that reason alone I NEVER copped a Ja Rule album, I did get a few singles here and there though. But the vibe was he was a rougher version of Nelly. Even now listening to songs where he did go hard before he blew up I’m not convinced with the hard threats and gun talk he’d do shit. He just didn’t have the support of the men. When LL got, to me and fuck what any LL fan says, his ass handed to him by Canibus we as men wanted to hear LL’s response. LL was known to whipe the lotion off, put a shirt on ad go to war, We didn’t know if ja Rule could do that and  no one cared anyway.

4.  It wasn’t Jay-Z vs. Nas

While 50 Cent was new and the shots he was taking at Ja rule were getting around, the Hip Hop world was more focused on the two Hip Hops lyrical giants with a commercial presence Nas and Jay-Z.  Almost every beef that wasn’t Jay and Nas was second hand shit. KRS vs. Nelly, Prodigy vs. Jay-Z, D Block vs. Roc-A-Fella, Jaz-O, vs. Roc-A-Fella and whatever was poppin on the West Coast at the time. Even when Busta, Eminem and G-Unit took shots at Ja Rule and Fat Joe went at 50 and JD was dissing Dre no one really cared. If you weren’t Jay or Nas it didn’t matter.

5.  It wasn’t Jay-Z vs. Nas

50 Cent can spit when he wants to and he really didn’t need to bring his A game against Ja Rule and I really don’t think he ever did. Ja Rule was never known as the illest spitter in the game. So it was new guy/former hustler vs. Hip Hop R&B thug…. Really how lyrical could that have been, how lyrically was it in the end, really?

6.  Ja Rule had no real team

It’s funny how everyone spoke on how Nas during the beef with Jay had no team on his side. When Nas showed up on the MTV VMAs 02’ or 03’ with Ja rule and Ashanti everyone thought they were a unit. Nas said they weren’t riding as a team while Murda Inc really didn’t give an answer. That no didn’t do shit for Nas because he handled his business with “Either”. However Ja Rule had a team of nobodies who weren’t even really that hot on the mic. By time Ja rule got Fat Joe and Jadakiss on the New York track he had already lost his hold on what audience he once had.

7.  Too arrogant

50 Cent was every where telling the story of why he had an issue with Ja rule while Ja Rule figured his status as Hip Hop/Pop star gave him a pass on getting in beef. I have those DVDs where Ja Rule acted as if 50 Cent was beneath him. He forgot beef is a part of Hip Hop like DJs, break beats and breakdancing. Even Nelly recorded diss records and didn’t shy away from questions about KRS-ONE. If Nelly could do it why not Ja rule?

8.  Ja rule didn’t jump in front of the beef in the beginning

All we were hearing was 50 Cent side of what happened, even in the Get Rich Or Die Tyin’ movie it was played out. Ja Rule never took the time to really put his side of it out there in the beginning, and with that people went with what 50 Cent was saying. By time Ja Rule did talk about what the beef really was about he was no longer that dude on the radio every hour. “Clap Back” wasn’t really that good even thought the beat was hot as hell. If he had taken his clout and got on air like Diddy did when the Lox called him out maybe he would have had a chance to come away with some dignity. He let the one sided battle go on too long.

9.  Ja Rule was an easy target

As much we as listeners may have been tired of Ja Rule the fact he wasn’t really doing shit ”Hood” hurt him.  The Summer Jam screen showing Ja Rule crying in one of his video to a crowd was a point on so many levels. Most of his singles on the radio came off too emotional for any rapper. From the titles of songs to the pictures in magazines and in stores front posters he really had became a soft dude thanks to his music and the imagme to coincide with it. The guy was singing on hooks, and writing a good deal of them as well as songs…. R&B songs.  A new guy coming in as a Hardcore rapper going against someone who is the face of a label named Murda Inc. looks more like a R&B artist you have a problem. Ja rule went with what was selling and fell into that role and became easy target for anyone. The thing is no one really out right knocked his hustle until 50 Cent came on the scene.

10.  Ja Rule

If Ja Rule could have just manned up and really just went back and fourth with 50 on the underground mixtape level instead of waiting for it to start effecting his mainstream audience he could have been ok. It seems everyone in those battle between02’ and 04’ other than Ja Rule have a name and some relevance in Hip Hop today. The Game still gets love, Fat Joe still calls on major dudes on songs,  even Nelly has a comeback popping. If he had just got his hands dirty he could lasted long enough to make the same point that Joe Buddens made when he was taking on G-Unit. That point being 50 Cent had become the rapper he was saying Ja Rule was. He didn’t though, he spent time side stepping the beef while 50 Cent was gaining momentum with his career. Ja Rule should be in the game right now, he is the farther of this whole sub-genre of Hip Hop/R&B. He just gambled and lost and never recovered from it at all.

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12 thoughts on “10 reasons why it was easy for 50 cent kill Ja Rule career

  1. I agree with the whole article 100%. When the beef was starting I remember 50 Cent had a diss song on the radio in the top 9 at 9 in Chicago! It was the one with 50 Cent, Eminem, and Busta Rhymes. 50 Cent’s underground songs were even getting played so his career was boosted and Ja Rule’s songs were really really played out at that point. But I recall buying Ja Rule’s Blood In My Eye which was an album full of diss songs and I liked it. I don’t feel bad for Ja or 50 Cent (nowadays). These guys hit the top and made so many millions you know it’s not going to last. Ja definitely made the mistake of not responding right away but that hip hop for you and he’ll be good financially.

  2. He will be if he invested his money wisely. Yeah 50 had the game on lock anything he was on was on the radio like it was an official single. That track ti Em and Busta the only thing I even remember about is Busta callin Ja by his government name, it was the funniest part of the song. Around that time I wasn’t into Ja like that, I’d cop a single here and there. But it is Hi Hop they’ll be ok.

  3. Yea he did but that didn’t much for him or Ja career. 50 had been shot 9 times, that was part of his selling, stabbing a man who took 9 shots one in the face doesn’t win points. But on some music shit pass, Ja and Vida there was no real spitters. Back then I would have rocked any G Unit song before I rocked a Murder Inc track. Blackchild a real street dude but it means nothing when it’s a beef that put in music. 50 never has to lay a finger on anyone in that crew, they haven’t may never recover from what he did to them musically

  4. Wow I had a hard time paying any attention to what you wrote due to the horrendous amount of grammatical errors.

  5. Thats all bullshit JA RULE IS JUST AS GOOD A RAPPER AS 50 IF NOT BETTER,…. FUNNY HOW 50 FRONT HARDCORE AND ASSRIDE TO THE TOP LIKE HE GANGSTA, WHEN THE REAL WANKSTA IS ALWAYS HIM, SET TRIPN, PAYIN WHITEY LIST GOES ON AND ON JA-RULE OUGHTTA HIT SOME RAPPS RIGHT NOW AND I’D TELL 50 AND REESE CUP SHUT THE FUCK UP MYSELF IF THEY OR ANYONE ELSE SAY SOMETHING NO BULLSHIT BET THEY WONT HACK ILL GO STRAIGHT TO THE TOP FOR KEEPN IT REAL THOUGH NOT ASSRIDEN LIKE 50 ONCE HE THOUGHT HE WAS HOT, ALL LEATHERED UP IN THE TIGHT VUTTON THIS IS THE NIGGA THAT NEEDED THE LOTION ON…….AGAIN FITHY AINT DOO DO SHIT HIS CLAIM TO FAME WAS A BOO BOO CATHEM AT THE MALL AND THROW HIS OWN OLD SHIT ATEM, JACK EVERYBEAT HE EVER MADE AND FADEM SILLY, STEP IN TO THE FUTURE AND ROCK ANY SHIT HE’LL EVER MAKE NO MISTAKE A FITHANDNEM QUAKE QUICK I DARE ANYDEM TO SPIT BACK AT DISS!

  6. Its funny how ya’ll tall about Ja Rule… He was the greatest Rapper/Musician of all times and all these faggots now just copy what he did – and he did first…. It was a personal beef between 50 and Ja, but all these other Faggots just dissed Ja Rule because he was a good target… they dissed him because he made a lot of rnb tracks and they said that Ja is not a real Rapper because he’s doing this… but years after Ja Rule made these Tracks, all of these faggots did the same, Busta, Eminem, 50.. they didnt had a real reason dissin Ja, it was just the hype around 50 and the problem was that Ja didnt really cared about all the things they said.. He was always a true human and never leaved Murder Inc, he could made all his music by his own, but he never forgot who his friends was from the beginning of his career… if if yall dont know, 50 was shot 9 times, but not 9 times at one time… and the bullet he got in his big fucking mouth was from God, because 50 has a really big fucking mouth and should never talk, he was the most fake ass rapper of all times, he’s more an actor in the rapgame… only thing wrong Ja Rule did, was dissin Eminem daughter… but even this shit I can understand at one point…. what would u do, if suddenly all Rappers dissin you? and
    just because of a faggot that
    u know for a long time… I think he was confused and all that… and in real, he never dissed her, he was just spoken some true shit, that Ems wife is a slut and his mother drug addicted…. but that was still wrong to say that in a point to Hailie… but in real, everybody should acceppt that Ja Rule is the Rapper after Tupac, who was giving the rapgame the most of all… he wasnt just a rapper, he made music from the bottom of his heart… and there will never be another one like him… he did it all as the first one…. Jay-Z made a rock album with Linkin Park… Ja Rule did Rock Music with Metallica…. Nelly made a rnb album, 50 made gay shit with ciara, busta with mariah carey, eminem with rihanna now… but Ja did first at 2000-2001…. its ironic because they dissed him for things which they all did later too…. and if u’re saying Ja Rule isnt a good Rapper – then u never really heard his music, because as a Rapper he did the same great job as a rnb musician… It’s still Murder! and when he said “Murder4Life” he was just honest, because he’s still a faithful guy for all parts of his earlier Murder Inc family… Ja is a man, he wasnt an actor for the rapgame, he was always himself! and thats what count! 50 is a snitch and always will be…

    • On the real Ja Rule changed the game for the better and worst. I agree most of these rappers are following his blueprint. Still back then the hood wasn’t riding with him so when 50 set his sights on Ja to take him out we didn’t care. In the long run Ja Rule and Nelly are the ones most of these new rappers are trying to be like.

  7. Ja rule lost the beef because 50 ran to the cops and had the feds raid Murder Inc. if Ja rule dissed 50 snitch he woulda been locked up with Irv Gotti and ja had a lot of love in Queens watch Murda 4 life video 50 was envious of that so when the feds had got off they case it was 2 late besides Ja was gettin attacked by Eminem 50 snitch busta rhymes d12 etc. nobody career woulda survived at the end of the day Ja still got love in NYC and everyone knows curtis is pussy a victim nigga got stabbed shot etc ja had 3 classic albums 50 only has one

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