Five days after the release of late rapper, Pop Smoke‘s Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon debut album, rap icon and executive producer of the album, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson celebrated his 45th birthday and took it to Instagram, where he was shown love by millions of fans and fellow celebrity friends.
Here is an Instagram post made by 50 on his birthday
While many send their well wishes to the rap icon, one rapper decided to share a special birthday message for the Queens native.
Rapper T.I. took it took to Instagram last week Monday where he issued a #VERZUZ challenge against the “Wanksta” rapper and claimed that he does not care about the platinum hits the rapper had with producer and mentors, Dr. Dre & fellow rapper Eminem, the beefs that 50 Cent been in (with rappers Ja Rule, Fat Joe, Nas, Jadakiss, etc) or his “how bad” fans think 50 Cent is because of his street past.
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We love POWER / For LIFE/ BMF & everything u doin on 📺…. Now pull up and catch this Trap Muzik fade big fella…. @50cent @verzuztv @therealswizzz @timbaland #24hrsToRespond Repost if you ain't scared of this nigga @50cent Hook this shit UP‼️ I AINT SCARED OF THIS NIGGA👑 Westside Zone1 Atown BANKHEAD SHIT UDIGG ‼️ITS DA KIIIIIIING BIIITCH‼️ -drops mic 🎤
Since then, millions of fans began taking sides on who will win this upcoming #VERZUZ Instagram battle.
For those who have not been up to date on what are these #VERZUZ’s battles, #VERZUZ is a platform, which was first coined by multi-platinum Grammy award-winning producers, Timbaland & Swizz Beatz, where artists of all genres compete to see who have a better music catalog. This incentive was pushed due to all cancellation of concerts, tours, and other events due to the global pandemic.
Some of the most memorable #VERZUZ battles on Instagram live were R&B icons Babyface vs Teddy Riley, dancehall singers Beenie Man vs Bounty Killer, hip hop producers and DJs, RZA (of the Wu Tang Clan) vs DJ Premier (of Gangstarr) and most recently, rappers Fabolous vs Jadakiss.
50 Cent’s catalog consists of five studio albums, ten mixtapes, four compilation albums, and one soundtrack album.
Some of his famous projects include his 2003 multi-platinum debut album Get Rich or Die Tryin’, the Get Rich or Die Tryin’ movie soundtrack, co-written and executive produced his group G-Unit’s first album Beg for Mercy, sophomore album The Massacre and many more. Throughout most of 50 Cent’s career, his music has been solely distributed through Interscope Records, Shady/Aftermath, and under his label, G-Unit Records.
T.I.’s catalog, on the other hand, consists of ten studio albums, thirteen mixtapes, one remix album, one compilation album, and eleven promotional singles.
Some of his most famous and successful projects include his 2006 fourth studio album King, (which made it to number one on the US Billboard charts in the first week), his third number one album in the U.S Paper Trail before his prison sentence in 2008, and his 2006 number one U.S single collaboration with singer Justin Timberlake on “My Love.” Throughout most of T.I.’s career, his music has been distributed through LaFace Records, Arista Records, Atlantic Records, and similar to 50, under his label imprint, Grand Hustle Records.
Aside from the music aspect of their respective careers, both rappers have also been involved in the film and movie industry. Respectively, 50 Cent starred, alongside actors Terrence Howard and Omar Benson Miller, in the critically acclaimed biopic drama, Get Rich or Die Tryin’ in 2005. Other movies that 50 Cent appeared in were Righteous Kill, Twelve, Before I Self Destruct, All Things Fall Apart and co-produced the American crime drama television series, Power (2014-2020).
In the following year, rapper T.I. would make his film debut, alongside actress Lauren London and fellow Atlanta rapper Big Boi, in the comedy-drama film, ATL . Other movies that T.I. appeared in were American Gangster, Takers, & Get Hard.
Since the issued challenge, rapper 50 Cent has been trolling (making fun) of T.I on social media in a friendly competitive way and questioned whether T.I’s music catalog is ready to go up against his.
Both rappers have been relatively successful in their careers, artistry, and business-wise. But it would be great to see who will win this battle between these two great emcees? Who do you guys have? 50 Cent, the acclaimed ‘King of New York’, or T.I, the acclaimed, ‘King of the South’?
As a New York native currently living in Atlanta and a huge fan of both rappers, this would be arguably the best anticipated #VERZUZ battle known to man. If you had to guess who I’m rooting for, it’s pretty obvious, #Team50.
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