Today (August 23), Ja Rule called to New York's
Hot 97 to answer to DMX's recent interview on DJ Kay Slay's radio show. DMX
has called Ja, his former "hypeman" on the late night mix show, which
was hosted by Foxy Brown.
"The Crack man is calling up talking sh*t.
I was really enraged," Ja said alluding to speculation that DMX spent time
in a rehab for crack cocaine. "This n*gga right here is out of line - Crack
Ja said the X's jealously was a byproduct of
his multi-platinum success and that his label mate's stock appeared to be dwindling.
"He can't f*ck with me and its hurting him
right now that I am bigger than him.
I'm bigger than him and he's mad."
"The reason [for his jealous] is he is a
b*tch and that's what b*tches do," Ja said getting increasingly upset.
The rapper then suggested that the beef could
escalate beyond mere words and lyrical exchanges.
"I'm a give him what he wants. However you
wanna do it - don't close the street option," he said. He continued saying
that he would battle DMX in any way, shape and form - including street warfare
At the end of the brief interview, he said he
was tired of all the comparisons between him, DMX and the late Tupac.
"Ya'll wanna see Pac come back? Well, here
it is n*ggas," Ja said and then hung up.
Later in the afternoon, Irv Gotti weighed in
on Ja's on-air rant from Cleveland. Below are excerpts from that conversation
with Sunny of Hot 97.
"[DMX] keeps smacking him in the face and
the guy is being gracious, because [Ja] has somebody like me saying, "Just
leave it alone. [But] he keeps getting smacked in the face over a period of
time, its going to be one smack that he can't take."
"I am DMX," Gotti said citing his instrumental
role in getting DMX his deal with Def Jam, a role in the movie "Belly,"
and national media exposure. "The guy was a great friend of mine."
"We all making money here so I don't think
money is a question here," Gotti said, "The question is, [there is]
a dude being a scumbag and a dude being a good dude. The truth of the matter
is he is out of line."
"X, if you are listening, check yourself.
Look around you, X, and you are going to see something around you that's real
eerie. Everybody that came up with you, none of these n*ggas is around you right
now. You just got a bunch of yes men. Its nothing real around you. Where's Uncle
Ray, dog, you done fired Uncle Ray? You done fired your real n*ggas and let
them go. Check yourself dog. Look in the mirror. Don't even look at Ja. Look
at the man in the mirror and get your sh*t together first.
"Murder Inc is a peaceful label. We don't
want a problem with anybody, but if you guys want a problem 'OK now you's can't
leave now," Irv Gotti concluded alluding to a scene in the gangster flick,
"A Bronx Tale."