Skull Gang member and Juelz Santana affiliate Hynief posted a picture on his Instagram this past weekend seemingly portraying JoJo Simmons in a compromising position when they met in Queens, New York, accompanied by the following description: “Guess who I caught y’all Lil punk ass Jo Jo [sic] that made the diss track look at his face when he ace! #facts shouldn’t pop shit if u not bout that life real niggas don’t care who u related too fuck nigga.” Hynief also reportedly forced JoJo to call and apologize to Skull Gang-founder and Harlem rapper Juelz Santana for a recent diss track.
In a just-released video interview with Crave TV 6, JoJo stressed non-violence, saying: “I’m not gonna talk no crazy shit. That’s what [Skull Gang does] and I do what I do at the end of the day, man. I grew up a very good kid and all that other shit. So they can stick to that violence stuff, but me…I’ma stick to just getting money. ‘Cause all I been around is money all my life. I ain’t been about all that thug [and] all that gun shit all my life so that’s not what I do. What I do is count money and fuck bitches and I travel the world. That’s all I do. I’m not about that violence shit. This ain’t no shit-talkin’ or none of that. This me keepin’ it real.”
In the video JoJo was backed by some more confrontational affiliates, self-described as members of the Crips, who seemed to throw some obvious threats towards any more violent action towards the second-generation Simmons emcee.
The feud originated earlier this year with the release of Juelz Santana’s song “Soft” featuring Rick Ross, Fabolous and Meek Mill. Released in early January, the Harlem, New York Diplomats member rapped: “Far as that dough goes / I’m Russell Simmons, you JoJo” in reference to JoJo’s uncle and Def Jam/Phat Farm founder Russell Simmons.
JoJo fired back at Santana with a full-out diss song of his own later that month called “Holy Water,” rapping: “Now how you gonna mention my uncle Russell / The industry forgot you fucker, you nothin’ special /…Simmons will not let you / Compare your money to my uncle / That’s just disrespectful / You’re not eligible.”