Mel says Ja wanted to sound like Fif
Ja Rule and 50 Cent's beef has been one of the bitterest in hip-hop history. According to Melle Mel, the feud was likely a result of Ja trying to sound like Fif.
“A lot of rappers could be better rappers if they stopped rapping like everybody else,” Mel said during a recent interview with The Art Of Dialogue. “What is it that you need to say? You could be the n-gga that made a song about a pool party, but you fucked around and listened to Meek Mill and went and you fucked around and did some dumb shit. It's just like when 50 Cent was doing this shit and then when Ja Rule and that was probably one of his last big records. [Raps Ja's ‘New York']”
He added, “If he woulda just made that record a pure New York record, it would have been a way bigger record. But he went the route of trying to sound hard because 50 Cent sound hard. And it was still a good record but I'm just saying, if he woulda just made it a pure New York record like how JAY-Z did with his New York record. See what I'm saying? If he woulda went along the same lines as that.”