50 Cent Mocked Ja Rule With Photoshop on Twitter and Fans Are Losing It

The beef between rappers 50 Cent and Ja Rule has been rekindled. On Tuesday, 50 Cent mocked his longtime rival Ja Rule with a photoshopped picture featuring the latter emcee as a panhandler living on the street.

The doctored image shows Ja Rule holding a sign saying that he'll "battle 50 Cent for attention"—a reference to Ja Rule's recent claim that he wants to rap-battle with 50 on Instagram Live. 50 Cent also used the hashtag #fryfestival, mocking Ja Rule's involvement with the infamous Fyre Festival.

The latest back and forth starts with "Verzuz," the new series that Swizz Beatz and Timbaland have been hosting; it features artists going live on Instagram and trading off tracks, chatting and sometimes battling to keep hip-hop fans entertained during self-isolation. While Swizz Beatz recently appeared on rapper Fat Joe's Instagram Live, Ja Rule called Joe to say that he wanted to battle the Get Rich or Die Tryin' rapper. "I promise I'll behave," Rule said on Sunday.

50 Cent's tweet in response only stirred fans up even more, and has some of them excited for a potential battle between the two.

Please just get on live together and roast each other

I been waiting for this https://t.co/iJBvIibxLI

— BabyYoda (@NosaIsabor) April 14, 2020

I knew this was coming lol https://t.co/22haUYc4e2

— GM (@GM____X) April 14, 2020

Fans of 50 Cent wrote that the rapper was taking mercy on Ja Rule by not battling him.

Nobody wins @50cent in a battle 🔥🔥 https://t.co/VHUdvyk1H6

— BOUGIE MAN 👨🏾‍🦲 (@Chris_Baba_) April 14, 2020

I knew you won't let this slide🤣🤣 https://t.co/fzwC7LqWq1

— @Lundburg50 (@YoungLoyyd) April 14, 2020

Ja Rule fans, of course, weighed in and made their allegiances known.

Oh you scared? https://t.co/DHsugy5Bd1

— Dr. Bronners Peppermint Soap Stan Account (@juicyydre_) April 14, 2020

Haa Ja rule is beyond your league. https://t.co/7VAcZJ2VrZ

— Smallś (@Steviem_) April 14, 2020

Stop putting up a front, because you know you would lose! https://t.co/2rHMD08rgl

— Stacy🇧🇧 (@Stacy_Og) April 14, 2020

Ja Rule seemingly responded to 50's dis on Tuesday by posting pictures of the rapper on his Instagram story with Mobb Deep's "Shook Ones, Pt. II" playing along—specifically the lines: "Cowards like you just get their whole body laced up/With bullet holes and such/Speak the wrong words, man, and you will get touched/You can put your whole army against my team/I guarantee you, it'll be your very last time breathing" and "Son, they shook cause ain't no such thing as halfway crooks."

Ja Rule and 50 Cent have beefed since 1999, according to The Independent. In 50 Cent's 2005 memoir, he said that the rivalry began when Rule was robbed at gunpoint in Jamaica, Queens, while shooting a music video and later saw 50 Cent at a club with his robber. Rule denied that the robbery started the beef in a 2014 interview with VladTV. Rule has said that the beef started when 50 was snubbed by Rule's Murder Inc. label during a video shoot for the single "Murda 4 Life," according to XXL.

The two have had a few physical altercations over the years, including at New York's Hit Factory and at an Atlanta night club. Rule and 50 have also taken a number of shots at each other via dis tracks. 50 Cent released 2002's "Wanksta," 2003's "I Smell P***y" and "Back Down," from 2003's Get Rich or Die Trying, which all take aim at Rule. In 2002, Rule released "Loose Change," which swipes at 50 Cent and other artists he worked with, including Eminem, Busta Rhymes and Dr. Dre. Eminem, 50 Cent and Busta Rhymes responded with the 2003 track "Hail Mary."

In November 2013, 50 Cent and Ja Rule shared a flight together. In a tweet, Rule said that they went through the flight with no problems. Despite both rappers seeming to have calmed down since the early aughts, the beef has occasionally flared up again with comments on Twitter or performances sparking controversy. 50 Cent seemingly won the beef in 2018 when he hilariously purchased 200 tickets to Rule's Las Vegas show so the rapper would perform to an empty audience.

But if they do meet on "Verzuz," it could add a whole new chapter to their feud.

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Ja Rule performs onstage at ONE37pm x Dwyane Wade's Masters of the Mic Karaoke at Night Two of BUDX Miami by Budweiser on February 01, 2020 in Miami Beach, Florida. Noam Galai/Getty