SWIZZ BEATZ + TIMBALAND BOOK JA RULE FOR NEXT VERZUZ BATTLE — BUT NOT AGAINST 50 CENT
Written by torresanz on September 3, 2021
Verzuz co-founders Swizz Beatz and Timbaland have announced the next matchup for their popular battle series. According to an Instagram post shared on Late Thursday (September 2), Terror Squad captain Fat Joe and Murder Inc. vet Ja Rule are scheduled to go head-to-head on September 14 in New York City.
Swizz explained in the caption, “The summer ain’t over!! FAT JOE VS JA RULE. TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14TH. See it LIVE in person. tickets available Tuesday, 9/7. 6PM PT / 9PM ET.
“Watch in the @triller app, on your TV with the @fitetv app, or here on @verzuztv. Drinks by @Ciroc #VERZUZ #TrillerVerz @timbaland the paperwork is in!!!! @fatjoe @jarule.”
In April 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic brought the concert industry to a screeching halt, Fat Joe chopped it up with Swizz Beatz for an episode of The Fat Joe Show as Ja Rule listened in.
During the Instagram conversation, Ja Rule made it clear he wanted to step into the ring with 50 Cent as Fat Joe hyped up the idea.
“Ja Rule is sayin’ he loves Hip Hop first and foremost and he wants to do this for the culture,” Joe said at the time. “C’mon, you guys want the smoke for real.”
Swizz replied, “Tell Ja get the 20 and send me the 20. ” Fat Joe then called up Ja Rule and put him on speaker, telling him, “You got millions of people listening, so don’t go bad.”
Ja Rule responded, “I want all the smoke! I’ll behave [laughs],” to which Swizz said, “That sounds like a devilish ‘behave.’”