One of the few highlights getting everybody through 2020 has been the Verzuz battles between iconic artists and their beloved catalogues. Though some of the pairings have contained some real simmering tension (ahem Brandy and Monica) the overall vibe is friendly. Life is hard, let’s enjoy some low stakes streaming drama.
Ja Rule does not think a battle between himself and arch-nemesis 50 Cent would have that positive atmosphere. In a recent interview with HipHopDX, Complex reports that Ja Rule thinks he’d win, but it can’t happen.
“Listen, man,” he said “Everybody don’t want the smoke. Everybody don’t want this smoke. I got heat. Let me tell you something, when I do my shows, I can rock. I’m telling you, it’s like an hour of straight hit records. No filler. All crab meat, n—a. … All meat in that motherf—ing crab cake, n—a.”
He seems to know that the energy between the two of them would suck the fun out of Verzuz. So he proposed they have a boxing match and really put everything on the table.
“Listen, man, I love Verzuz, I love what it is, I love to see artists getting in there and doing the shit—but if I did one, if I did do a Verzuz, I would want my Verzuz to be fun,” he continued.
“That’s what Verzuz is supposed to be about—the celebration of music and the art, and the artistry. So, I would want my Verzuz to be fun, and filled with love in the room and s–t, and that sort of thing. I’m too old to be in Verzuz beef, and to be in with my team of n—as, all my team of n—as, we’re like, ‘Come on, man.’ I’m 44, dog. Just get a boxing ring and we get in there, and we do that. All this other funny nutty shit, we ain’t doing that, man.”
It’s hilarious that Ja Rule thinks he’s too old for an awkward Verzuz green room, but not for getting punched in the face by 50 Cent. Maybe they’re working together to make their own streaming deal with Apple TV where the iconic artists just wail on each other and no music is involved.