During the 2000s, the feud between Murder Inc. and the conglomerate of Shady/Aftermath/G-Unit Records captured the imagination of hip-hop fans. The focal point of the battle was the feud between fellow Queens rappers Ja Rule and 50 Cent. Afer the dust had settled, the Inc. quietly closed up shop after federal racketeering indictments and dwindling of sales sent the label into tale spin. Meanwhile, Rule, the label’s biggest star, found himself in the pen after a serious of legal problems including a gun charge and a conviction on tax evasion put the rapper away for several years.
Ja Rule and his fellow partner, Irv Gotti, in Murder In.c is ready to shed light on the label’s demise in a new interview conducted by Angie Martinez for Hot 97. Rule and Gotti are ready to admit that they were the losers in his famous battle with 50 Cent and G-Unit in the mid-2000s.
“We took the L.” Gotti frankly told Martinez.”We were in my office, me and Rule right, and Flex was about to play “In Da Club,” right? So Flex plays in the club, that was record was dope. I looked at Rule and told him, “We have a problem.”
During the interview, Rule revealed to Martinez why he thought they lost the battle to 50 Cent. Part of the problem stemmed from the label’s inability to respond to 50 Cent due to their impending racketeering case that was on-going during the feud. He also mentioned that there were things going behind-the-scenes that were preventing Rule’s visibility compounding on their lack of response.
“There were things that were behind-the-scenes that you don’t see that made us seem more irrelevant.” Rule revealed. “We couldn’t go to award shows. [50's camp] would make calls like ‘Well, if Murder Inc. is in the building, they are not gonna perform this year.’”
Gotti and Rule touched on a variety of other subjects in the interview including Rule’s mind-state after the feud that lead to his arrests, the label’s current relationship with the Inc.’s prior star, Ashanti and the details that went into their federal case.