A History Lesson: Why Young Jeezy & Rick Ross Came To Blows At The BET Hip-Hop Awards


It was all good just a few years ago – so what exactly went wrong?

The fight between Young Jeezy and Rick Ross took most of us by surprise this weekend at the 2012 Source Awards BET Hip-Hop Awards. So now that the beef is obviously REAL, MSDTV had to take a look back to see what caused these two – affluent, successful rappers to come to blows backstage…

As reported by MSDTV, members of Young Jeezy and Rick Ross’ camp  reportedly  got into a brawl backstage, that started with pushing and verbal assaults in the corridor and ended with fighting in the parking lot, where shots were fired.

So what’s the back story? Well here’s our online investigation.

About 3 years ago the rappers were once seemingly friendly with each other.

They both were signed to the same label, Def Jam (and still are), they both are friends with Jay-Z (who actually signed Jeezy) – and they even had multiple tracks out together, including “Hustlin (Remix)”, “Luxury Tax” and “Erryday”.

Unfortunately things took a turn for the worst during the summer of 2010.

Rick Ross dropped his Albert Anastasia EP, which was the first project to feature the song that would become his biggest hit, “B.M.F. (Blowin’ Money Fast),” an ode to ex-drug kingpin, Big Meech and his crew, B.M.F.

Now if you know anything about Jeezy’s history, the Snowman has a long and very intertwined past with the B.M.F. click and Big Meech. So although he never verbally expressed his displeasure with the B.M.F. track – Jeezy did not take Ross’ record in good taste.

So about a month after Ross dropped his Albert Anastasia EP, Jeezy released a mixtape called 1000 Grams, which featured his own version of “B.M.F. (Blowin’ Money Fast),” called “Death B4 Dishonor.”

The song featured Meech on the track, and is notable because of the following line which to anyone who understands subliminal wordplay – can decipher that this is a direct jab at Ross:

“How you blowin money fast, you don’t know the crew? Oh you part of the fam, sh*t I never knew.”

Although Jeezy denied the claims in the begging, he sort of revealed his real thoughts on Ross in an interview with MTV a couple of weeks later:

“It’s not a dis. First of all, I’m not gonna get nothing out of dissing that guy. That’s one. What am I gonna get out of dissing him? I think sometimes people can read into things too deep. They trippin’, man. They crazy out there. Basically, if homie takes that as a dis, he’s insecure.”

Ross, the consistent deflector of the direct question, explained that him and Jeezy had no real issue and if there was a problem, “he has my number.”

Ross also expressed that the record “B.M.F.” was cosigned by Meech himself.

Fast forward to August when Ross drops “The Summer’s Mine.” The song mentions no names, but many questioned lines like:

“I’m livin’ large, this n*gga been a mark. They used his credit cards just to get they rental cars” which makes it sound like he was taking shots at Jeezy.

Soon after the track was released, a impromptu interview of Young Jeezy and a bunch of his goons surfaced – were the rapper was walking through Miami streets.

Jeezy takes a few obvious shots at Ross, saying things like:

“Where your favorite rapper at? I don’t see that n*gga.”

Then a week later, Ross appeared on the Tim Westwood show, where he mentions that he saw the video and that Jeezy “played himself.” Ross explains:

“I got to see the footage of him walking on South Beach, down Collins Ave. Yeah, he played himself. You gotta come cross the bridge to Carol City, Lil’ Haiti, that’s where you get your issues. I mean, Washington Ave? Give me a break…..what’s crazy about that, you can see on that same footage, when they asked about my name, they still don’t really have a direct answer. And that ain’t gangster at all. If you really have an issue put it on the table and handle it like a G. Walking down Collins Ave…You played yourself, you’ll get that took from you.”

Then during an interview for the December cover of The Source, Ross touches on the Jeezy drama in the excerpt below:

SM: Has the phone call between you and Young Jeezy take place yet?

RR: Nah. That hasn’t happened. It’s nothing I’m looking forward to.

SM: You guys have worked together before. It seemed the camaraderie between you two was genuine. The last summer he put out his own “B.M.F.” freestyle, but told me personally it wasn’t abbot you. Did you feel disrespected?

RR: I’m not sure what was going on. [the freestyle] was most definitely [disrespectful], whatever it was. Then the explanations seemed sideways, less than G.

SM: What’s more surprising; a diss records by somebody you were cool with or by somebody you don’t know?’

RR: It’s most definitely when we always touching distance from each other. I’m tight here. It’s not like I’m in Miami and you in New York. We see each other. That’s the only issue I had. It was sideways. So i made a record, “Summer’s Mine” just to [let him know], if we gonna play that sport, let’s put it on the table like men. If it was just a freestyle that the world took the wrong way, leave it alone. That’s how I took it.

SM: An added twist is that you and Jeezy are both on Def Jam. Did you ever get a call from L.A Reid saying “Hey, let’s not let this get out of hand?”

RR: Nah. I don’t accept those kinda calls. I think they know that would have been an exercise in futility. Whatever it’s gonna be, it’s gonna be. If we gonna get money, we gonna get money. If it’s pressure, just put it on the table. I feel no way. I had nothing but love for the homie, but if me getting money in the streets or making music offended you, I can’t help that.

After that things seemed to cool down in 2011 – although there was no reconciliation.

Then in October of 2011, while Ross went to the Funkmaster Flex show on Hot 97, where Ross mentioned Jeezy. He said:

“You gotta understand, when you talk about this street life and being one hundred and being solid, it’s certain things that you just bring to a person,” Ross added. “That’s what I was expecting. And that never happened. However homie feel, that’s him. Just all the way being real, we were just at the BET Awards, and I sat in the front row, and he performed. If it’s any pressure, handle it right then.”

A month later, Jeezy was interviewed by Whoo Kid,  and dismissed the beef with Ross – explaining that he was focused on his own career:

“I don’t think there’s a conclusion to it, because it was really nothing to me in the beginning. I don’t need propaganda to sell my records, I never have. I always did my music. When it’s album time, people do crazy things,” he said. “I’m a real one. I don’t do beef. If there’s a problem, let’s get into it. Let’s get it done. There ain’t nothing to talk about.”

Apparently there was much to talk about as the two couldn’t even walk down the same hallway together backstage.

Now that you know the history – hopefully we can learn from it.

Stay Tuned.