After dis records, and old school style school yard teasing at (and leading up to) the MTV Video Music Awards, Fat Joe snapped. In an MTV.com interview, he explained what led up to the now infamous G-Unit comment.
“I said what I said because there’s only so much you can take,” Joe told MTV.com. “This guy is jumping onstage and nobody said anything to him. He did ‘Piggy Bank,’ I made my record [‘My 44’] and said I’m out of it. I’m done. Then you have Tony Yayo trying to dis me every chance he gets. 50 is making music videos about me. What am I supposed to do? I have to defend myself.”
At one point, the Terror Squad front man felt as though he would have to physically handle the situation during the show. I’m waiting to introduce the reggaeton dudes [and] he gets on the stage. I’m thinking, ‘OK, we’re about to fight.’ I’m like, ‘we’re about to get it on right here at the VMAs?’ “
Other reports also indicate that members of G-Unit could be heard yelling at Fat Joe during his stage time at the show.
The day after the awards show, 50 Cent commented on the beef, stating that he was done with it after the release of “Piggy Bank.”
“I made a two-bar reference on ‘Piggy Bank’ ’cause that’s all I got for him to let him know [my feelings]. Then his [album All or Nothing] comes out and only sells 100,000 copies. It’s obvious he doesn’t generate the interest of the general public, so he doesn’t generate mine either.”