Hip-hop always has a lot to talk about, especially within the last year. The biggest event that took place in 2015 was undoubtedly Meek Mill's battle against Drake, which led to an air of excitement that the rap game hasn't seen in years. The back-and-forth may have been one for the ages and set off a domino effect with implications that could alter the course of rap history (and is still showing signs of life), there's been another pot of bad blood brewing that could dominate the headlines and social media trends throughout 2016. And that showdown involves 50 Cent and rap's current Public Enemy No. 1, Meek Mill, who've found themselves at odds with each other in recent weeks.
The sudden turn of events came as a surprise to most, but has been heating up and catching the attention of the people, who have enjoyed the rhymes, memes and tweets that have been a byproduct of the two rap titans' spat. But contrary to popular belief, the friction between these two is not by chance at all and could've been seen coming from a mile away if you read between the lines.
More than any musical genre, rap is as much about mental warfare as much as it is verbal. Nevertheless, Meek and Fif seem intent on going at it until only one rapper is left standing. We've compiled a complete timeline of the beef between 50 Cent and Meek Mill just in case you've been missing out on the action.
Meek Mill Comments on G-Unit HorseplayAug. 14, 2015
Speaking out of turn can be a catalyst for bad blood, which Meek Mill learned this past August after commenting on a clip that showed 50 Cent manhandling G-Unit member Tony Yayo and tossing him in the bushes in embarrassing fashion. Despite many fans poking fun at Yayo, 50 took umbrage with Meek Mill joining in after the rapper reposted the clip on his own Instagram account along with a caption, reading "Yayo getting dumped in the bushes by 50,” followed by crying emojis. While it isn't known if Meek Mill was laughing along with Tony Yayo or at him, 50 Cent deciphered Meek's post as the latter and commented on the post with a prickly response of his own. "That's us playing, but you do be around some ni66as I will put on their head. No bullshit," 50 wrote, more than likely in reference to Meek Mill's association with Rick Ross, Trav, and Slowbucks, all of whom the G-Unit general has had issues with. Being that Meek Mill has been on record in the past professing his respect for 50 Cent as an artist and a street figure and had never spoken ill of him, this exchanged serves as the genesis of their ongoing battle and set the chains in motion for what is looking to be an epic war of words and memes.
50 Cent Sides With DrakeNov. 8, 2015
Notorious for being an instigator when it comes to speaking on matters going on in hip-hop, 50 Cent took time during a performance in Sweden in November to voice his opinion on Drake and Meek Mill's rhyme war. After saying "That 'Back to Back' shit was fire," Fif stated that the fact that Meek Mill started the beef made the song even better and compared the battle to when a schoolyard bully takes on more than he bargained for. "Nigga poked at him. Nigga started the shit" said 50. "It was like you picking on someone in the schoolyard, and he picked on him, and the motherfucker [fought back]." It would make sense that 50 would side with Drake given his checkered history with Meek's superior, Rick Ross. However, 50's comments were not taken lightly by Meek Mill, who would respond in a way that was both unexpected and brazen.
Meek Mill Disses 50 Cent on "Gave Em Hope"Jan. 16, 2016
Meek Mill may have been slow to respond to all of the adversity and vitriol on wax, but when he did, the impact was immediately felt. Gifting fans with an EP titled 4/4 on Jan. 16, Meek silenced whispers that he was moving past his beef with Drake with a litany of shots directed at his rival throughout the tape. However, he surprised many with his words aimed at 50 Cent on a track titled "Gave Em Hope." After referencing someone "popping shit" on Instagram -- most likely alluding to the Tony Yayo incident -- he continues to dig into Jamaica, Queens bully with lines like, "I got 50 reasons say you're taking dick / And it's 50 reasons I should kill, nigga," before Meek boasts that he's "Got the richest chick, she from your hood." Meek also shames 50 for taking a picture with the housekeeper that levied charges against Rick Ross and posting it up Instagram, as well as his recent financial woes, rapping "You know the game, if you cosign a rat, you forever a rat / We were never with that / You tried to go 'Money' May with that paper, but now you in debt cause you never were that." Needless to say, the gauntlet as officially thrown, with Meek rising to the occasion and putting the onus on Fif.
50 Cent Says Meek Mill's Career Is OverJan. 17, 2016
Meek Mill's 4/4 track, "Gave Em Hope" was the talk of the internet due to his bars dissing 50 Cent and attempting to poke holes in the rapper's street credibility. As expected, it didn't take long for 50 to respond with a few words of his own. Taking to Instagram, Fif seemed to be amused by Meek's onslaught and proceeded to poke fun at the rapper, writing, "LMAO Hey shit head, your career is over already.you better focus on getting Nikki pregnant so you can at least get child support girl. new meek emoji lol," as the caption for a meme intended to humiliate Meek. After the initial post, Fif unleashed an avalanche of disparaging memes while promising to return fire on his upcoming Kanan Reloaded tape.
Meek Mill Calls 50 Cent Broke and MiserableJan. 17, 2016
50 Cent's series of memes disrespecting Meek Mill may have entertained his hecklers, but did nothing to deter Meek from deciding to double up on the diss track and taking to social media with a retort of his own. Posting a photo of himself carrying stacks of money, Meek tore into 50 with a caption that gave a rundown of his misfortune, writing, "U pop shit on social media 24/7 ... U never in the places everybody b at.... The whole queens say you a rat.... Ross baby mom hit you for that check you sick .... Ross finished you "career over? He also brings up the lack of success of 50's G-Unit artists, as well as his fractured relationship with his son. "All you artist that came under you broke" ya son hate you smfh! Ya swag on below "0" lol hold up..... U always hating on puff and Hov other go getters from ya city. Meek ends his diatribe by concluding that 50 is miserable and is losing his allies by the day. "U going broke and you miserable .... U really miserable bro.... You like 40 on the internet all day Mayweather ain't got tickets for you nomore .... Ya liquor is piss... U really miserable and don't really have friends ... You scared to play the mixes everybody b at! U never played with me in person because u know how we rocking lol I'm done wit you ..." Critics may have pointed at Meek's lack of urgency in responding to Drake, but this time proved to be different with Meek clapping back in timely fashion.
Tony Yayo Says "Fuck MMG"Jan. 17, 2016
50 Cent and Meek Mill's battle may have been evenly matched, but that would soon change when G-Unit member Tony Yayo decided to jump into the fray. Known for his undying loyalty to 50 and the G-Unit cause, Yayo let his sentiments be known in regards to Meek Mill and MMG as a crew. "Tired of this shit niggas only respect violence fuck MMG and any nigga that roll with em. "Talking about you 40 with the 40....................... Where," Yayo wrote as a caption for an Instagram meme. The photo featured Drake's "Back to Back" line mocking Meek about being on Nicki Minaj's tour. Yayo kept the jokes going by including a photo of a skeleton with the words "Waiting for DC4," a shot at Meek's mixtape. "It's over for MMG Meek your boss a cop we the streets for real," Yayo wrote, throwing jabs at Rick Ross' past as a correctional officer. And given Yayo's history involving rap beefs, his words, though humorous, are not to be taken lightly and fanned the flames of the firestorm that was imminent between the two crews.
Irv Gotti Gives His Thoughts on 50 Cent and Meek Mill BeefJan. 17, 2016
Irv Gotti is very familiar with the brand of warfare that 50 Cent will bring in his quest for victory after having danced with him during the rapper's meteoric rise to power. The renowned producer and music executive put down his two cents in regards to Meek's own current squabble with his former foil. In an Instagram post that has since been deleted, Irv Gotti backed up Meek's claims of 50 being a snitch, pointing to the much-debated order of protection that 50 allegedly filed after a bloody run-in with members of Murder Inc. at the Hit Factory in 2000. After acknowledging Meek Mill as an ally, Irv Gotti proceeded to reiterate his statements of 50 regarding 50, writing "Everyone knows he [50 Cent] took an order of protection out against myself. My brother Chris. And Blackchild. After we whipped his ass and poked him up. His baby mother just exposed him for that. Everyone knows the REAL." Irv Gotti also warned Meek to be wary of fighting his battles on social media and the public's history of overlooking concrete evidence in favor of what entertains the most. Sounds kind of familiar, doesn't it?
Meek Mill Urges 50 Cent to Donate to Flint Water CrisisJan. 18, 2016
Hip-hop has been a contact sport since the birth of the culture and while scuffles on wax may be exciting, some fans believe that rapper's energy could be put into something more worthwhile than rap beef. One such Twitter user brought this point up while calling out Meek Mill and 50 Cent to donate to the water crisis ongoing in Flint, Mich. Meek, who is known to be one of the more charitable young rappers in the game, agreed, but also took it as an opportunity to score a point in his battle with 50. Promising to donate 50,000 in a response to the tweet on his Instagram, Meek challenged 50 Cent to match his donation. "I got 50k to donate to waters ... Let's see if we can have @50cent match me!" Meek wrote. "I'm pretty sure "flint" supported us! Serious post contact .... Roc nation will purchase for me and ship! Not even just him all entertainers! I ain't got the tine posting memes and shit... "Way too trill for that"@dallaslifestyle it's my dawg hometown too! #FORMLKDAY" Intent aside, if this beef can lead to $100,000 worth of water being donated between the two parties, it will be more than worthwhile in our book.
50 Cent Calls Out Meek for Charitable Donations Jan. 18, 2016
Meek Mill may have felt he scored a point by issuing a challenge to 50 Cent to match his own 50K donation to the Flint, Michigan water crisis, but Fif questioned Meek's motives. In a post that has since been deleted, 50 noted that charitable donations are considered a tax write-off before posting another meme disparaging Meek, with a caption reading "You know you only trying to donate so you can try and use it in court shithead. You don't have money to give away. When Nikki find out you playing with her money boy,oh boy your in for it." 50 Cent didn't stop there, either, subsequently putting up a few more posts tearing down Meek Mill, proving that good deeds are a backseat to 50's pettiness and hunger to destroy.
Omelly Claims 50 Cent Is a RatJan. 19, 2016
Meek Mill may have a long list of detractors and hecklers at this moment in time, but one person that remains loyal to Meek is his fellow Dreamchasers artist, Omelly. One of his most trusted confidants, Omelly may be more comfortable in the shadows, but found himself in the spotlight after taking a swipe at 50 Cent in defense of his longtime homie. Taking to Instagram, Omelly took a swipe at 50's credibility as a goon, writing "“ONCE YOU COSIGN A RAT YOU FOREVER A RAT WE WAS NEVER WIT THAT OMG YOU WIN WE DONT WANT NO TROUBLE WIT NO NIGGA THAT TAKE THE STAND DO YALL SEE THIS SHIT HEADDDDD #THIS IS A RAT TRAP MMMMMM MMMMMM MMMMMM” This isn't the first time that Omelly has had words for 50, with Meek's right-hand sending a shot that many allege was in reference to 50 Cent's cosign of Drake's Meek Mill retort, "Back To Back."
50 Cent Digs Up Old Video of Meek Praising Him Jan. 20, 2016
After Meek seemed to tapout of the beef once Fif brought up the "Lord Knows" rhymer's court dealings (“U really talking about court fam…U Won! Smh"), the Queens MC kept the ether going on Instagram. He posted an old video of Meek talking about the beef 50 once had with Ja Rule. The Dreams Worth More Than Money creator declared that he was riding with the "What Up Gangsta" rhymer back then. "Back in the day, you were either 50 Cent or Ja Rule. I was with 50 Cent, no disrespect to Ja Rule. 50 Cent made Ja Rule look bad," Meek said in the video. In the caption on Instagram, Fif wrote, “Damn Meek what happen man? You got confused I understand shithead.” Leave it to 50 to continue roasting him with the name-calling.
Waka Flocka Gives Props to Both 50 and Meek for BeefJan. 21, 2016
Following Tony Yayo and Irv Gotti, Waka Flocka Flame decided to share his thoughts on the beef between 50 Cent and Meek Mill. In a video captured by DJ Akademiks, the "Hard in the Paint" rapper makes it clear he's giving props to both sides. “Yeah, when it comes to memes, 50 getting in that ass like a thong,” Waka states. “But that music? That boy Meek flaming! I’m fucking with it.” 50 Cent has yet to respond in lyrical form to Meek's "Gave Em Hope" diss, featured on his 4/4 EP.
50 Cent Pushes for the Death of Irv Gotti's FatherJan. 23, 2016
When it comes to beef, no one is safe, especially family members. After Irv Gotti sounded off on 50 Cent ("Everyone knows he [50 Cent] took an order of protection out against myself. My brother Chris. And Blackchild. After we whipped his ass and poked him up. His baby mother just exposed him for that. Everyone knows the REAL”), it was only a matter of time before the G-Unit head honcho unleashed his wrath against the former Murder Inc boss. "IRV said he a grown man and his father 82 years old. Tell you daddy I said hurry up and die punk. Let’s get to it no more IG,” Fif wrote. Since the rapper went at his father, Irv has been silent on social media, ignoring 50 Cent's harsh words.
50 Cent Gets Crowd to Chant “F*&k Meek Mill”
50 Cengt performed at B.B. Kings on Jan. 29 in New York City for The Kanan Tape Reloaded release party and dropped some shots at his latest MMG nemesis, which included the crowd shouting “Fuck Meek Mill” on multiple occasions.
During the show, Fif took it back to the early days rocking a red bullet-proof vest. At one point he stopped in between songs and to address the issue with the Philly rapper, promising never again to stoop to his level. “From now on, no more competition with n!ggas that didn’t sell over one million records,” 50 told the crowd.
He later brought the matter up again saying, “all you can do is run to Nicki,” before taking shots at Irv Gotti. In between his mini rants, the crowd gets hype by yelling “fuck Meek Mill” over an over.
Kidd Kidd Disses Meek Mill and Gunplay During Concert
The ongoing Meek Mill and 50 Cent beef got some added fuel when Kidd Kidd jumped to the G-Unit bosses frontline, offering a few bars directed at Meek during a New York show on Jan. 30. The G-Unit signee started things off with a “Fuck Meek Milli” chant before rapping, “Drake coulda fucked your bitch if it wasn’t for Wayne/Let’s play a game of truth or dare, dare you speak my name/And tell Gunplay he gonna need gun play if he want to get his chain.” The last line references a 2012 altercation between Gunplay and 50’s entourage that resulted in the MMG rapper losing his chain.