This Is How We Do: 50 Cent & The Game End Their Beef (Video)
One of the longest standing feuds in Hip-Hop has been between 50 Cent and The Game. The onetime mentor and protege team (along with Dr. Dre) responsible for the success of The Documentary has been at odds for the nearly a dozen years since.
In late February of 2005, tensions flared between the pair. 50 reportedly had problems with the lack of credit he was getting for Game’s newfound success (and a heavy writing and collaborative role in that album). Meanwhile, the Queens, New York mogul also allegedly believed Game did not show allegiance in 50’s conflicts with Ja Rule, Jadakiss, and Fat Joe (following the Cool & Dre-produced “New York”). Following an explosive 50 Cent interview at HOT 97, shots were literally fired after Game and entourage tried to gain access to the radio station. A man from Compton was shot in that incident. Violator Management offices—Chris Lighty’s firm responsible for the career of 50 Cent and others—were also shot at the time.
Days later, on March 9, 2005—50 Cent and The Game held a press conference about making peace. It would be the last time they were photographed together. Notably, Game brought up the moment (and photo) in the last week—in a nostalgic reflection.
Peace was all in how one perceives it since. In the 11 and a half years later, Game has released literally thousands of bars (in a series) aimed at his former G-Unit boss and band-mate. 50 Cent has responded, while reportedly contractually collecting hefty percentages of Game’s earnings since—even while allegedly pushing the Compton, California artist away from Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment, and to Geffen for a spell.
On DVDs, Game trespassed on 50’s mansion grounds, while Curtis Jackson seemingly never uttered a kind word about his most successful artist discovery. Even as Game continuously suggested an olive branch reunion (and made peace with Lloyd Banks and Young Buck), the Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ mogul appeared to swat away all truce offerings.
The beef has been even more complicated than that. As Game’s onetime manager James Rosemond (a/k/a “Jimmy Henchman”) would launch a G-Unot campaign in the 2000s, even blowing up inflatable rats outside 50’s G-Unit/This Is 50 headquarters. After Rosemond’s son was attacked outside of their office, a man (Lowell “Lodi Mack” Fletcher) was murdered in Queens in presumed retaliation. That fatal attack was linked by trial to Rosemond who is now serving life in prison.
In 2016, neither 50 nor Game is signed to Dr. Dre or Interscope Records/Aftermath Entertainment. Last night (8/1), 50 Cent hosted a party at the Ace Of Diamonds gentleman’s club in Los Angeles, California, and The Game attended.
TMZ’s camera caught the two artists, who are in each others’ vicinity—then embrace for a dap. They speak in each other’s ears while Desiigner plays loudly, and entourages ask for space.
Later in the evening, The Game grabbed a microphone and announced to the world “I f*ck with 50. What happened – that sh-t was 12 years ago. N-ggas ain’t on that sh-t.” Footage of his proclamation was captured by an attendee.
The Game squashed issues with 50 Cent while in the club with him pic.twitter.com/wbLJE1cLPi
— Kenny (@PhillyCustoms) August 2, 2016
This story-line mirrors the in-the-club encounters of Snoop Dogg and Suge Knight, who had beef between Snoop’s 1997 exit from Death Row Records and their 2013 amicable run-in. Jay Z and former manager/Roc-A-Fella Records partner Damon “Dame” Dash also appeared together publicly in 2013, after more than eight years since their public, seemingly bitter break. Gucci Mane and Young Jeezy went from violent foes to collaborators-in-truce in the last decade as well.
What do you think 50 Cent and Game said to each other after all these years?