Eedris Abdulkareem recounts altercation with 50 Cent in 2004


Nigerian hip-hop veteran, Eedris Abdulkareem has shed light on the infamous altercation between himself and American rapper, 50 Cent.

Abdulkareem disclosed this during an interview on The Honest Bunch released on Monday, February 19, 2024. He explained that the confrontation stemmed from an incident during a music concert sponsored by Nigerian Breweries in 2004, where 50 Cent and his entourage reportedly forcibly ejected several Nigerian artists, including P-Square, from the backstage area.

Detailing the events of that night at Lagos' Tafawa Balewa Square, Abdulkareem revealed that he resisted when 50 Cent's team attempted to remove him from backstage. He recounted how an event organizer intervened to prevent a physical altercation between him and the American rapper's entourage.

Further elaborating on the chaotic atmosphere, the Jaga Jaga crooner alleged that women were subjected to molestation at the concert venue, and fatalities occurred due to a stampede instigated by 50 Cent's presence. Abdulkareem accused Nigerian Breweries of covering up the incident in the media.

Reflecting on the altercation, Abdulkareem stated, "For the plane saga, it was the second day. A day before that time, we were at TBS at the backstage, and when 50 Cent and his crew came backstage, they chased and flogged every Nigerian out of the backstage area, including P-Square."

He continued, "I just dey boil for where I dey. I was waiting for them to come and chase me. So, they finally came. When they came, they asked me to leave because 50 Cent was coming. I said, 'So what? Please, get the f*ck out of my face.' They went to report me to one of the organizers and he told them to leave me alone. Na there the wahala for start, so they escaped that night."

Abdulkareem's revelations provide insight into a significant incident in Nigeria's music history, highlighting tensions between international and local artists and raising questions about security and organization at major events.