New York rappers Ja Rule and Fat Joe are next up in Verzuz battle

Ja Rule is more recently known for playing a role in the ill-fated Fyre Festival, which spawned two documentaries.

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Jamie McCarthy, NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 12: Fat Joe attends the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center on September 12, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for MTV/ ViacomCBS) ORG XMIT: 775707142

Fat Joe attends the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards at Barclays Center earlier this month in New York City.

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Two New York City rappers who attained chart-topping success in bygone eras aim to square off in the next Verzuz battle. 

Hip-hop luminaries Ja Rule and Fat Joe are slated for the next Verzuz battle at 8 p.m. Tuesday via Instagram, the Triller app and the Fite TV app.

The battle follows up another New York-based event, the Dipset - The Lox matchup which was widely viewed as a lopsided affair in the eyes of many hip-hop fans.

Bronx native Fat Joe, who originally went by the nickname Fat Joe da Gangsta, is best known for his association with D.I.T.C (Diggin’ In The Crates Crew), a rap collective featuring Lord Finesse, Diamond D, Big L, Showbiz & A.G., O.C., and Buckwild, among others, along with the Terror Squad, most notably with Big Pun, who died in 2000 (Fat Joe was also an early Relativity Records label mate of Chicago hip-hop legend Common).

Joe’s hits over time include “Flow Joe,” “Success,” “Bet Ya Man Can’t Triz,” “All I Need,” “What’s Luv,” featuring previous Verzuz battle contestant Ashanti, “Thuggin’ ” w/R.Kelly, “Lean Back,” and “All the Way Up,” among many others.

Ja Rule burst onto the scene with a featured verse on Jay-Z’s 1998 hit single “Can I Get A...”. Ja Rule’s debut album “Venni Vetti Vecci,” produced the hit “Holla Holla.” He later became a key figure in two versions of Murder, Inc. — the most well-known version of the group features Jay-Z and deceased Verzuz contestant DMX. 

Jim Cooper, ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, NOV. 22-25—Ja Rule poses in New York, Sept. 24, 2001. In just three years, Ja Rule has gone from unknown rapper to multimedia star. His latest album, “Pain is Love,” debuted at No. 1 last month, he had a featured role in the hit summer film “The Fast and The Furious” and has new status as a songwriter-producer, having crafted Jennifer Lopez’s No. 1 smash, the “I’m Real (the Remix).” (AP Photo/Jim Cooper) ORG XMIT: NY341

New York rapper Ja Rule boasts chart-topping hits and a highly-publicized association with a failed music festival.


The Queens native’s standout tracks include “Put it on Me,” “Always on Time,” “Livin’ it Up,” “Thug Lovin” with Bobby Brown, and “New York” featuring Fat Joe and The Lox member Jadakiss. 

In later years, the Murder, Inc. affiliate is most known for his highly-publicized rivalry with fellow Queens rapper 50 Cent, and his role in the Fyre Festival, an ill-fated island music experience which spawned two documentaries

Acts have yet to be announced for future Verzuz battles.

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