Ja Rule f/ Fat Joe & Jadakiss “New York” (2004)

Producer: Cool & Dre

Album: R.U.L.E.

Label: The Inc./Def Jam

Fat Joe: “Well, that’s my favorite record I ever did. First of all, it was my record. Ja was trying to come back, and I just told you how he saved my life with ‘What’s Luv’ [after Pun died]. So I gave it to him, and I was like, ‘Yo, my nigga, this is crazy.’ And at the time I think I was just cocky, like I just make hits like it’s a joke. Like, ‘Ahh, here, I’ll make another one tomorrow.’

“But it was the fact that it was [all about] New York. I mean, when we shot that video, there was like five or ten thousand people in the streets. The vibe was stupid! To this day, that’s the track I’m most proud of, in my whole rap career.

 

That was my record. Ja was trying to come back, and I just told you how he saved my life with ‘What’s Luv’ [after Pun died]. So I gave it to him, and I was like, ‘Yo, my nigga, this is crazy.’ And at the time I think I was just cocky, like I just make hits like it’s a joke. Like, ‘Ahh, here, I’ll make another one tomorrow.’

 

“We kind of gassed Jadakiss to get involved, but I never knew it would get him into a beef with 50 Cent. I never knew ‘New York’ would get me into a beef with 50 Cent. Yeah, [he was just gunning at anyone who was down with Ja Rule].

“It felt like it came out of nowhere. But to be honest with you, I was more scared of myself. I thought I would kill 50 Cent, to be honest with you. If I saw him somewhere, he was done. So I was scared, because I worked hard, and stopped selling drugs, and rap changed my life. And now this nigga did this, and I got to give it to him. It was going to be nothing nice.

“I don’t really give a fuck about 50 Cent or even think about it [now]. That’s like super duper duper old shit, to be honest with you. And over the years, it turned so much into wrestling, like WWF, that I was like, ‘Alright, I get it.’ But at the time, I had never been disrespected in my life, so I didn’t know how to take it.

“And you see where beefs go now. I heard Ludacris and Drake got beef [Laughs.] Now, the way hip-hop is, I probably would have brushed my shoulders off and said, ‘Keep it moving.’ But at the time, I got worked up, because I couldn’t believe anybody was trying to disrespect [me].”

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