Game & Lloyd Banks End Their Beef. 50 Cent Has Questions
This week, two critical members of the early 2000s G-Unit group reunited. Game and Lloyd Banks were photographed together in Dubai—with Game’s caption “still.” Lloyd, who is still in the group alongside 50 Cent, Tony Yayo, Young Buck, and Kidd Kidd, had reportedly not been photographed with his former band-mate and label-mate in 11 years.
Yesterday (February 18) 50 Cent, a mentor to Banks, and employer-turned-nemesis of Game, spoke out on Instagram about why the photograph is not something to celebrate. HipHopDX, in their reporting, took the following screenshot of the post that has since been deleted:
In his post, 50 Cent mentioned Lowell “Lodi Mack” Fletcher, an associate of Fif, Tony Yayo and other G-Unit members, who was murdered in the Bronx, New York in 2009. In 2014, Game’s manager James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond was accused—with five other men—in ordering the murder of Fletcher. Brian McCleod and Derrick Grant testified that they murdered Fletcher for one kilogram of cocaine, with two associates of Rosemond’s watching. The manager to Game, Gucci Mane, and others was convicted for his role in the murder in December 2014. The attack was a retaliation from a 2007 physical attack in Midtown Manhattan of Fletcher upon Rosemond’s teenage son, outside his Czar Management offices.
The incident was the among the biggest of a longstanding feud between G-Unit and Czar, stemming from Game’s exodus from the G-Unit group in February, 2005. Just hours after the Compton Rap star’s being publicly dismissed from the group and label (by its leader 50 Cent), Game and his entourage reportedly tried to gain unauthorized access to HOT 97—where the incident was happening. Following a scuffle with security, a member of Game’s entourage was shot.
Game replied to 50’s comments with an Instagram post of his own:
“Whether [Young] Buck, gone admit it or not… I talk to that nigga all the time.. As recent as few months ago when I was in Nashville and it was all love…. Don’t front now my nigga… This is ME !!!,” Game wrote. “As for me & you ’50’… Our past has proven we could both get on some gangsta shit if need be, being that lives have been lost on both sides….. Lives have been taken from friends, and fathers taken from kids.. Which could’ve easily been MY LIFE or YOURS….. If you choose to ignore the GROWN MAN approach and continue to harbor HATE for me and my side… That’s your decision. I can’t speak for Banks, but my pride was swallowed last night along with a shot of [Hennessy] in that club…… Whatever it’s gone be is what it’s gone be, I said my peace.”
In the eleven years since, there have been a number of diss records, DVDs, and public defamation between G-Unit, Game, and Rosemond—who launched the “G-Unot” campaign in the mid-2000s. In recent years, Game would reunite, in person and in music, with Young Buck, who was out of G-Unit between mid-2008 and 2013.
In late 2013, James Rosemond was sentenced to life in prison-plus 20 years for the murder conviction, as well as his hand in a drug trafficking ring.
Banks and Game have not worked together since 2005. Lloyd has not spoken publicly about the photo, or the impending controversy.