Jimmy Henchman’s role in Michael K Williams and 50 Cent’s beef explored

Disha Kandpal

50 Cent has found himself in the middle of a controversy for his Instagram post about Michael K. Williams’ death. As a result, many Twitter users are discussing the beef between the stars and how Jimmy Henchman is related to it.

Michael, popular for his role in The Wire, passed away on Monday, September 6. He was found by his nephew, face down in his Brooklyn penthouse.

While Michael’s cause of death remains unconfirmed thus far, a report in The Sun claims that the 54-year-old actor was found surrounded by illegal drug paraphernalia and heroin.

HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 13:  Michael K. Williams arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Ride Along" held at TCL Chinese Theatre on January 13, 2014 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic

50 Cent and Michael K. Williams’ beef explored

50 Cent rubbed many fans the wrong way with his now-deleted Instagram post. Addressing Michael’s passing, the rapper wrote: “Damn if you didn’t see Raising Kanan check it out that fentanyl is no joke, killing the clientele. R.I.P Michael K. Williams.”

The shocking comment irked fans. Many took to Twitter to slam the 46-year-old’s response to the tragic news.

However, what many don’t know is that the In da Club rapper had been at odds with The Wire star since 2018, if not earlier.

It all started when 50 Cent sparked rumors that music executive Jimmy, who was arrested in 2011, was assaulted in jail. The rumors ran their course until Michael chimed in and cleared the air.

The actor posted a video at the time clearing that these were merely rumors. He also claimed that he was in contact with the music executive and his team of lawyers and that Jimmy was safe.

However, 50 Cent didn’t appreciate being corrected and started trolling the actor mercilessly. Trying to take a shot at the star, the New York rapper trolled Michael for a scene he had performed on The Wire as Omar. The scene features a sensual encounter between Omar and another male character from the show.

He captioned the post: “LOL Old Omar how much they pay you to play a punk PUNK. Mind your business da f*ck wrong wit you. get the strap.” The rapper deleted the post when many deemed it a low blow and “homophobic.”

What did Jimmy Henchman do?

Jimmy, the incarcerated music executive, whose full name is James ‘Jimmy Henchman’ Rosemond, has been serving a life sentence since 2013 in connection to a drug trafficking case.

His life sentence was doubled in 2018, after being charged with a murder-for-hire plot of 50 Cent’s affiliate, Lowell “Lodi Mack” Fletcher. Lowell passed away in September 2009 after the feud between hip hop group G-Unit, (which 50 Cent was a part of) and The Game became violent.

Jimmy Henchman (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage) *** Local Caption ***
Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage

Twitter reacts to controversy

50 Cent’s Instagram post about Michael appalled many fans, while others have since been discussing the duo’s beef on Twitter. Here are some notable reactions.

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