50 Cent and Rick Ross had one of the more memorable hip hop rivalries in recent years, with each rapper taking digs at the other on wax, blogs and YouTube over a prolonged period. But looking back at the situation, 50 Cent doesn't think anything that happened between them was all that remarkable.
"When you look back at that entire scenario, you say 'What was the motivation of it? Where did it start?'" 50 reflected in an interview with MTV News. He explained the beef as a consequence of Ross's career aspirations.
"He says it started because I looked at him the wrong way. That just means he wanted to compete, he wanted to move up, he wanted to create an awareness for himself, and he did it."
Fif made the point that people today are quick to label competition as "beef," when it didn't use to be that way.
Over time, if you personalize everything that is said in each competition.... This is why they changed the terminology from 'battling' to 'beefing.' It was always that battling was a part of the culture; they didn't do that until Tupac and Biggie Smalls situation," he said. "That's when it became taboo to actually mention an artist's name."