Their fates are intertwined.
Many hip-hop feuds have ultimately led to a tenuous, and occasionally concrete, place of common ground. Yet those who find themselves beefing with the eternally spiteful 50 Cent are seldom so lucky. Least of all Ja Rule, the original melodic thug, who previously dominated mainstream charts at the onset of the millennium. While their infamous beef largely took place between 1999 and 2004, the fallout has never truly dissipated. Recently, 50 and Ja have taken to exchanging social media shots and memes with increasing intensity.
Last week, 50 Cent allegedly copped two hundred Ja Rule tickets, for the sole purpose of thinning out the visible crowd. Yesterday, Ja Rule claimed to have started a riotous chant of "Fuck 50 Cent," further proof the animosity extends to their respective fanbases. In any case, the disrespect was not lost on 50, who took to Instagram to issue an ominous prophecy of sorts.
"South Side rules apply, it's never over," writes 50. "We may take a break, but it ain't over till one of us is gone. Get the strap." This is, of course, in response to Ja Rule's original offer: "#PULLUP." Clearly, the men share an intertwined fate, destined to be hurling threats and petty barbs when black hair has greyed and muscles have atrophied.