50 Cent may not be the best at throwing a fastball, but he can certainly throw shade...and he may want to steer clear of Beyoncé for a while.
The rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson III, did not hesitate to name her hip-hop mogul hubby Jay Z, a longtime frenemy, when host Andy Cohen asked him on his Bravo show Watch What Happens Live on Wednesday, June 18, "Who is the most overrated hip-hop star of all time?"
"Overrated? I mean, Jay Z," 50 Cent replied, during the candid "Plead the Fifth" Q&A segment. "He would say he was overrated. Rather be overrated than underpaid."
Jay Z, who is, estimated to be worth $520 million, according to Forbes, and Queen Bey have not responded to the rapper's remarks.
50 Cent, worth about $140 million, according to Forbes, had reportedly once incurred Beyoncé's wrath at a celebrity-packed New Year's Eve party in Las Vegas. The rapper told E! News earlier this month that she had confronted him after spotting him with her husband, seemingly wary about their interaction.
"I don't think she understands that our energy is, like, it's not negative," he said. "Wasn't nobody gonna do nothin' to Jay. Because I saw that, I know that it'd be almost impossible for someone to do something to him and her not respond to it."
"What is it like to be yelled at in the face by Beyoncé?" Cohen asked 50 Cent.
After three seconds, the rapper replied, "It's not really bad. Like, her breath doesn't smell."
"There's no right way to respond. You just gotta kinda accept it...You just have to have an expression on your face that's like, 'What the...is the matter with you?" he added, before tossing out this zinger. "'Cause you know if you do something bad, it's like, if you're in an elevator and you get attacked, you can't do nothing ..."
The rappers' apparent rivalry dates back about 15 years. 50 Cent had mentioned the hip-hop star, among others, in his 1999 song "How To Rob," while Jay Z countered with the rap lyric, "I'm about a dollar, what the f--k is 50 Cents?" in his rap track, "I'm Hot." Years later, the two toured and collaborated on music together.
In 2011, 50 Cent told MTV UK that he and Jay Z had a business relationship.
"We are not necessarily friends. We don't call each other for no reason," he said. "It's not like we have something against each other to make us enemies. Me and Jay will use each other. Repeatedly. For energy."
In 2012, 50 Cent may have taken the business relationship a step too far—he posted on Twitter photoshopped pictures of a baby, saying it was Beyoncé and Jay Z's then-newborn baby daughter Blue Ivy.