The BET Hip-Hop Awards melee has moved to video. In the latest clip that has surfaced, 50 Cent can be seen as part of the crew that attacked Rick Ross’ protégé Gunplay outside the venue.
The video shows 50 Cent, G-Unit cohorts Tony Yayo and Mike Knox and others engaging Gunplay, slamming him into a barricade and beating him while he tried to escape. It is unclear if 50 Cent threw a punch but he was clearly in the midst of the fight. [See video here]
The BET Hip-Hop Awards scuffle first included Rick Ross and Young Jeezy inside the Atlanta Civic Center on Saturday (September 29). While it is unclear as to what caused the fight, the two have been beefing behind-the-scenes over the years.
The latest amateur clip follows two other videos from the night. One showed Ross and Jeezy’s initial backstage fracas. The next highlighted the tail end of the fight with Gunplay, in which the Maybach Music rapper could be seen taking his revenge before being pepper sprayed and running off.
When asked why there was a fight at all, Gunplay explained that it was a case of long-held grudge, and unrelated to the dustup between Young Jeezy and Maybach Music boss Rick Ross.
“This is two different things,” he told TMZ. “We just going at it with everybody. Let’s go. MMG Maybach Music, kill ’em all.”
Gunplay said 50 Cent was the one who orchestrated the attack, he admits that 50 didn’t get involved physically.
“He was hiding behind security, I couldn’t get to him,” Gunplay said. “I tried to break his little f***in’ neck.”
While many have pointed to associates of 50 Cent as participants in the parking lot brawl, 50 put aside his differences with Bronx rapper Fat Joe for a taped tribute to deceased music manager Chris Lighty, with whom both rappers had ties.
On Sunday (September 30) 50 was still promoting the tribute, even suggesting that he and Joe could possibly record together in the future.
— 50cent (@50cent) September 30, 2012
The network went into damage control, issuing a statement on the eve of the show.
“BET Networks works very hard to bring the best in entertainment to the city of Atlanta,” the statement read. “For the past 7 years BET has celebrated the true art form of Hip Hop. Due to some misjudgment of select attendees, it is unfortunate that certain incidents took place. BET Networks does not condone any type of violence. Local authorities are working to resolve the situation as quickly as possible.”
The show will be aired on Tuesday, October 9. —E. Parker, CBS Local