NEW YORK, NY – Verzuz co-founders Swizz Beatz and
Timbaland have announced the next matchup for their
popular battle series. According to an Instagram post
shared on Thursday (September 2), Terror Squad
scheduled to go head-to-head on September 14 in New
Swizz explained in the caption, “The summer ain’t over!!
FAT JOE VS JA RULE. TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14TH. See
it LIVE in person. tickets available Tuesday, 9/7. 6PM PT
/ 9PM ET.
“Watch in the @triller app, on your TV with the @fitetv
app, or here on @verzuztv. Drinks by @Ciroc #VERZUZ
#TrillerVerz @timbaland the paperwork is in!!!! @fatjoe
Hip Hop fans are primarily excited for the event,
although many in the comment section wish Ja Rule was
going up against longtime adversary 50 Cent instead of
his “What’s Luv” collaborator.
In April 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic brought the
concert industry to a screeching halt, Fat Joe chopped it
up with Swizz Beatz for an episode of The Fat Joe
Show as Ja Rule listened in.
During the Instagram conversation, Ja Rule made it clear
he wanted to step into the ring with 50 Cent as Fat Joe
hyped up the idea.
“Ja Rule is sayin’ he loves Hip Hop first and foremost and
he wants to do this for the culture,” Joe said at the time.
“C’mon, you guys want the smoke for real.”
Swizz replied, “Tell Ja get the 20 and send me the 20. ”
Fat Joe then called up Ja Rule and put him on speaker,
telling him, “You got millions of people listening, so don’t
Ja Rule responded, “I want all the smoke! I’ll behave
[laughs],” to which Swizz said, “That sounds like a
He wrote in the caption, “Stupid #fryfestival” next to an
eyeball emoji, a misspelled reference to the infamously
botched Fyre Festival.
That once again sparked a contentious back-and-forth on
social media, and Ja Rule accused 50 Cent of being too
Even without 50 Cent’s participation, the forthcoming
event should be entertaining. Fat Joe has released 10
official studio albums, two collaborative albums, three
mixtapes and multiple singles. His most recent
offering, What Would Big Do 21 with DJ Drama, arrived
just last month.
Meanwhile, Ja Rule has dropped seven studio albums,
including four multi-platinum efforts: Venni Vetti Vecci,
Rule 3:36, Pain Is Love and The Last Temptation. Hit
singles include “Always On Time” with Ashanti,
“Mesmerize” also with Ashanti and “Reign.” Let’s see
who wins this one.