Swizz Beatz + Timbaland Book Ja Rule For Next Verzuz Battle — But Not Against 50 Cent

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

captain Fat Joe and Murder Inc. vet Ja Rule are

scheduled to go head-to-head on September 14 in New

York City.


Swizz explained in the caption, “The summer ain’t over!!


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

go bad.”


Ja Rule responded, “I want all the smoke! I’ll behave

[laughs],” to which Swizz said, “That sounds like a

devilish ‘behave.’”


Once 50 Cent heard about the proposal, he responded in

a since-deleted Instagram post, which featured

a homeless person’s body with Ja Rule’s face

photoshopped onto the head and holding a sign that

reads “I will battle 50 Cent for attention.”

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.


Source: Tyshawn Smith

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