50 Cent has seen his share of beefs, with everyone from Oprah to Rick Ross. It’s part of what keeps him in the spotlight. Here, we rank some of his biggest ones.
Ye and 50's feud happened in 2007 when they both came out with their albums 'Graduation' and 'Curtis,' respectively, on the same day. 50 was so certain that he would outsell West that he said he would retire from music if Ye beat him in album sales. "Let's raise the stakes… If Kanye West sells more records than 50 Cent on September 11, I'll no longer write music," Fiddy told hip-hop site SOHH.com. "I'll write music and work with my other artists, but I won't put out anymore solo albums." West went on to sell 957,000 copies in the first week compared to his 691,000. However, 50 didn't retire from the industry as promised.
Fat Joe and 50's beef began after 50 was upset that Joe and Ja Rule collabed on the song "New York" in 2004. 50 fired back at Joe in the song "Piggy Bank" which dropped the following year. However, they decided to squash their beef in 2012 when their hip-hop manager and Violator co-founder Chris Lighty died. They performed at the BET Awards that year in honor of their well-respected manager and friend.
50 and Oprah's beef is odd, to say the least. Back in 2015, the "In da Club" rapper tweeted: "I got a dog named Oprah and a cat named Gayle. LMAO." Oprah later commented that she was offended and did not take it as a compliment. However, the one-sided feud did not start there. 50 wanted to make an appearance on her daytime talk show 'Oprah' to promote his debut album 'Get Rich or Die Tryin’ back in 2003. Oprah declined to have him as a guest citing “the gun violence and misogyny in his lyrics” per the Independent. “She was completely against everything that was in my music,” he explained. “So she ain’t never going to have me on that show. I’m never going to reach that platform, which is confirmation of you being a huge success. So I just said: OK, if we can’t be friends, then at least let’s be enemies.”They later squashed it on Oprah's Next Chapter in 2012 but 50 claims to still have his dog and cat named after Oprah and her best friend Gayle King during their feud.
50 Cent poked fun at Madonna photoshopping a photo of the singer underneath a house like the Wicked Witch of the East from The Wizard of Oz. Madonna responded: "Here is 50 Cent pretending to be my friend," she wrote alongside a throwback photo of the two together. "Now you have decided to talk smack about me!"She added: "I guess your new career is getting attention by trying to humiliate others on social media. The least elevated choice you could make as an artist and an adult. You are just jealous you won't look as good as me or have as much fun when you are my age."After Madonna's response 50 tweeted his apology to the "Like A Virgin" singer: "I must have hurt Madonna feelings, she went and dug up a old MTV photo from 03. ok Im sorry i did not intend to hurt your feelings. I don't benefit from this in anyway. i said what i thought when i saw the picture because of where i had seen it before i hope you accept my apology."
50 made fun of Ashanti after her ticket sales started slipping back in 2018 and allegedly forced her to cancel one concert. "Do basement parties then it can still feel like it's lit. I don't know what to say. LOL," the rapper said on Instagram at the time. Ashanti later responded to 50 and clarified why the concert was actually canceled per TMZ: "Officer Curtis better cut it out. The school put out a statement to clarify it was a lack of promotion… Curtis is definitely a bully."
As you might already know, Vivica and 50 used to date back in 2003. The 'Set It Off' actress reportedly made comments about their past relationship referring it to as "ghetto love" and made comments that 50 was gay, per People. 50 did not take too kindly to Fox's remarks and responded, "Public service announcement stay away from the blue ones," the rapper wrote on Instagram referring to the blue pills from 'The Matrix.'
50 was mad at Rick Ross for associating with Fat Joe and MTV News reported that he even "warned" him to stay away from Joe in 2008. In 2009, Ross came for 50 in his song "Mafia Music" as he referenced the house fire where 50's ex Shaniqua Tompkins lived with his son Marquise Jackson. 50 fired back with the song "Officer Ricky" which made fun of Ross' past as a corrections officer. Additionally, 50 leaked a sex tape of Lastonia Leviston, who has a child with Ross, added his own commentary, and uploaded the video to the internet in 2008. Leviston sued 50 for exploiting her and won $5 million per the Independent.
After Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith got very honest about their relationship on a 2020 episode of The Red Table Talk which she hosts alongside her mother Adrienne Banfield-Norris and her daughter Willow Smith, 50 decided to chime in with his own opinion. Jada opened up about her "entanglement" with singer August Alsina which prompted 50 to ask 'The Fresh Prince' star, "But why she tell you that s--- on a show for everybody to see?" To which, Will explained, "We broke up so she did her and I did me." 50 took it up a notch and replied, "Then she said only SHE can give permission for somebody to blow her back out," which elicited a blunt "F--- you 50." The feud has seemed to simmer down for now but when do we ever know with 50?
50 and Floyd were once close; close enough, in fact, to start a business together, The Money Team Promotions. The business is no longer in operation due to the fact that 50 suggested his boxing pal was getting distant. The two began subtweeting each other on Twitter as Floyd wrote in 2012, "A male boxing groupie.. hold my belts because your album sales have declined." 50 fired back, "I can't hang out with Floyd no more, I'm tired of running from manny pacquiao," replied 50, referring to Mayweather's greatest boxing rival. Since then, the two have been at odds. Most notably, 50 routinely made fun of Floyd's reading ability. "Don't tell him I said this, I know he can't read this s--- LOL," the rapper tweeted in July.
Ja Rule's and 50's beef started over 20 years ago when 50 Cent claimed he was stabbed by the brothers who founded Ja Rule's record company Murder Inc. The brothers were later cleared of all charges but their feud has them going back and forth over social media still till this day.