The BET Hip-Hop Awards aired Tuesday (October 9) despite the highly publicized fights. But as the beefs threaten to derail the award show’s mission, DJ Drama outlined a roadmap to peace within hip-hop.
50 Cent‘s involvement in the BET Hip-Hop Awards melee may have overshadowed the night’s biggest moment, in which he shook hands with longstanding rival Fat Joe for the benefit of deceased manager Chris Lighty, whose death was ruled a suicide.
“50 Cent and Fat Joe shook hands,” Drama told CBS Local. “If none of this would have happened, that would have been the talk of everything. Here are two guys that had problems for years and they squashed it out of respect for Chris Lightly which is a beautiful thing.”
The Lighty tribute began with LL Cool J, who offered a few words on Lighty, who once guided LL’s career as his manager. Then A Tribe Called Quest, Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliott, Fat Joe and 50 Cent all performed verses from their respective hits. Each artist introduced the next with the line: “If it wasn’t for Chris, there would be no this.”
Despite the love fest on stage, the award show was marred by violence and bickering between artists. While 50 Cent made a show of peace on stage, in the parking lot he and his G Unit crew attacked Rick Ross’ artist Gunplay. And a dustup between Young Jeezy and Rick Ross took place backstage.
The beef between Gunplay and 50 Cent continues to escalate and there has been no talk of peace between Ross and Jeezy. But DJ Drama, who has had his own stand-off with Jeezy, said there is hope for reconciliation.
“[Young Jeezy and I] sat in the studio and hashed it out and we went back over some things and talked it out,” he recalled of his own beef with Young Jeezy back in 2009. “It wasn’t an overnight situation with us. But Jeezy and I are probably closer now than all the years we been knowing each other and worked together.”
How does Drama apply those lessons to Ross and Jeezy’s spat?
“I think for Ross and Jeezy it would take a mediator, somebody both parties respect,” Drama said. “I don’t expect those guys to go out and have dinner together but to understand how important they are to the culture and how much we love both of their music… But because of the altercation, now we can step up: Myself, Tip, Diddy whatever, to get these guys to patch it up and move forward.”
DJ Drama’s Quality Street Music album is in stores now. —Erik Parker, CBS Local