Miami rapper Rick Ross has rarely commented on his one-time feud with fellow artist 50 Cent, but during an interview with Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club this week, the Maybach Music Group founder finally offered his thoughts on his past rift with the Queens emcee.
Ross referred to his beef with Fifty as “buffoonery” and revealed that he didn’t succumb to his feud with the rapper because he never felt it was personal and was more focused on “real things.”
“Was the fact that I never really felt that personally,” said Ross, in regards to his feud with 50 Cent. “You know, at the end of the day where we come from when it’s real you see real things happening. I got homeboys. I got to look at they kids and they no longer here. I got they moms and the holiday time. That’s what be on my mind sometimes. So, I done dealt with real things in real life. So, when you see that type of—I just call it buffoonery or whatever it is, I was enjoying it too. So, it’s like I could have fun too with it. You know what I’m saying? And then at the end of the day I always felt like I’m the one with nothing to lose. I was like this a bad decision for homie to make. You gotta do your homework. You gotta watch—you gotta know what’s going on before you just, you know what I’m saying?”
With his past feud with 50 Cent, Ross also offered his take on the alleged beef between Drake and Kendrick Lamar, a rift that was reportedly sparked due to Kendrick’s verse on Big Sean’s “Control.” While sharing his thoughts on the issues between Drizzy and K-Dot, the MMG wordsmith revealed that he’s currently more concerned with making money than feuding with any other artists.
“It’s really how you feel personally,” said Ross. “If K-Dot—I haven’t really been looking at the situation close enough for me to see that he coming at Drake. That might have went over my head, but at the end of the day it’s like when me and Wale sitting down and me and Meek sitting down. At the end of the day, when you looking at the business perspective, it’s dudes that’s making moves we won’t even remember in 30 days. It’s so many dudes you could go back to the covers of magazines and you haven’t heard their name. So, if they fall into that class, we don’t even waste our time on them. But if it’s somebody else, we gotta make sure they understand who we are. We could fix that. That go for anybody in the rap game…So, when I look at it, it’s like at the end of the day who want a problem with us? At the end of the day that ain’t even why we came here. We want to get money. We want to clique up with you. We want to break bread.”
The beef between 50 Cent and Rick Ross first surfaced in early 2009 over what was allegedly an indirect encounter at the BET Awards and led to the release of a handful of parody videos, diss records, and ironically, increased album sales.
In a 2011 interview with MTV News, Fifty stated that his beef with Ross was more of a battle than a beef.
“Over time, if you personalize everything that is said in each competition…This is why they changed the terminology from ‘battling’ to ‘beefing.’ It was always that battling was a part of the culture; they didn’t do that until Tupac and Biggie Smalls’ situation,” said the Jamaica, Queens rapper. “That’s when it became taboo to actually mention an artist’s name.”