During the summer of 2003, Ja Rule watched his entire world fall apart. He had been the most popular rapper in the game. No matter what he put out, he would get a hit out of it. To other artists, that became frustrating. So, when 50 Cent came out, he was able to take Ja’s fans and peers, alike.
Among those who worked with 50 Cent were some of Ja Rule’s closest people, at the time. Before 2003, Busta Rhymes and Ja Rule were friends. Busta had rapped on the remix to Rule’s “Holla Holla” and he appeared, alongside Ja in Missy Elliott’s “Get Your Freak On” video. Busta said that he and Ja would talk over the phone, from time to time.
In 2003, Busta Rhymes’ career was on a downslide. As a result, he had begun working with Dr. Dre. Working with Dr. Dre in 2003 meant that he also had to work with 50 Cent. Just looking for a hit, Busta Rhymes recorded with 50 Cent. Once Ja Rule found out about this, he dissed Busta Rhymes as if he were a part of the feud.
Because of that, Busta jumped in and sided with 50 Cent. He had planned to stay neutral in the feud, but the first shots were fired. Their feud became so bad that he and Ja Rule got into a physical altercation at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards. All of this came after the two were once friends.
After 2005, Ja Rule vanished from the public eye and Busta Rhymes prepared to release The Big Bang. Once Ja Rule resurfaced, in 2007, he no longer harbored ill feelings towards Eminem, Dr. Dre, DMX, or Busta Rhymes. He collaborated with Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre on a remix of Snoop’s “Imagine.” During this same time, he gave Dre and NWA props on his song, “Sunset.”
Late in 2007, Ja Rule and Busta Rhymes appeared in court, together. Given the fact that they were in court, there was not much time for the two rappers to talk. But, that has been two years ago. Since that time, Rule has reunited with DMX and taken a stage with Eminem. It was only for a short moment and was unplanned, but it happened.
A few years ago, Busta Rhymes said that hip hop beef was pointless, so he was no longer trying to be involved in it. Ja Rule has made similar statements. In the past few years, Busta has played a big hand in ending a lot of feuds, as opposed to starting them. It is because of that that he and Ja Rule have ended a feud that has lasted for almost seven years.