West Coast rapper The Game stepped into the music industry with his 2004 breakout hit “How We Do” featuring G-Unit general 50 Cent, to whom he was signed to at the time. What started off as a promising, fulfilling career turned into one of turmoil and trading shots with his former boss after shortly being booted from the G-Unit camp, and would continue on for years.
“Ah, I felt like a p***y,” the “DTF” rapper recalled of their beef in an interview with NME earlier this year. “But I mean that’s just me. At one point me and 50 really wanted to [hurt] each other. I had a deep hate for him and he had a deep hate for me. We literally should have been another version of Biggie and Tupac […] There was a lot of dangerous s**t going on. We were shooting at each other; our squads were shooting at each other. It was on sight. It was gunshots and people getting stabbed. It went even bigger than 50 and me and our entourages – it was our fans. The fans had to pick and they were split up and even they were fighting.”
After twelve long years of heated exchanges and beef, Game remembered putting an end to the hatred towards the Power executive producer. “I f— with 50. What happened, that shit was 12 years ago,” he proclaimed.
He continued, “So yeah, squashing that beef was probably the best thing for me and him to do. I’m glad we did it.”
Earlier this year, 50 announced another show adding to his roster of television content and producer hat. The new series called Moment in Time: The Massacre, is described as a seasonal anthology that “will explore the true stories in which iconic hip-hop moments collided with the sensational and sometimes criminal events behind-the-scenes.”
Reportedly, season 1 of the series will be based on a very personal place, the infamous beef between 50 and The Game. According to NME, it “led to an all-out street war, pitting G-Unit against music impresario Jimmy Henchman, resulting in a murder-for-hire plot and Henchman serving a life sentence in prison. 50 took to Instagram to confirm the reports saying, “Yeah i had to do this one, so everybody can see how Jimmy The Rat was moving legendary sucker s**t. NEW SHOW.”
As fans await the highly anticipated series, many are recalling past events that were pivotal within their battle, wondering which events are going to make the final cut as the show moves from pre-production. One particular moment that’s been resurfaced is the allegations that the west coast rapper had previously been a male dancer prior to signing to G-Unit, which started when 50 released the 2006 mixtape “G-Unit Part 21: Hate It or Love It” with a picture of Game wearing a g-string at a strip club.
Although delivered in true 50 fashion, it didn’t seem to really stick with fans as “truth” due to them being involved in a back and forth. However, things began to change when The Game’s stepfather Hodari Sababu released a documentary via Pitchfork called “Hood Life: A Hip-Hop Guided Tour of Compton” where the allegations are once again brought up, but this time by Sababu.
“Me and Game’s mom, we started a male exotic club,” Sababu stated. “What we used to do, we used to get guys that came fresh out of jail, they was buffed up and needed money. A lot of these guys can’t go and fill out a application and get a job but hey, if they look good, they been working out, we put ’em on man, we get them a thousand bucks a week dancing.”
He continued, “Jayceon (The Game’s real name) danced there maybe twice, and 50 Cent will not let him forget it. And somehow, somebody got pictures of him dancing in that club with his g-string on and boy, boy, boy. Whether he likes it or not, I tell him the truth. Because just like most people that achieve a certain amount of fame and fortune, that comes with the sycophants or the a** kissers, because they’re around all the time to say you’re the greatest thing. Because most of time, they’re on the payroll. But fortunately, or unfortunately, I’m not on the payroll so I can tell you exactly what I think.”
Sababu also spoke on 50 not allowing Game to forget that aspect of his past, but also advised him not to get up in arms about it. Upon catching wind of the documentary, Game fired back a series of tweets claiming that it was all lies, also stating that he tried to spew the same rhetoric in a Shade 45 interview.
“This f*g get out of jail & because I dont give em no money… He do a interview with Shade 45 lying wit the same stripper story.. ha ha…,” he wrote.
Years later he would relive those allegations when Florida rapper Kodak Black shot tweets back at him when he became embroiled in chronic beef with other rappers after outrageous comments he made following the tragic passing of Nipsey Hussle. After mentioning Lauren London, Nipsey’s girlfriend and the mother of his child, in a disrespectful manner, The Game responded angrily on social media to which Kodak Black hit back.
“50 [Cent] grabbed that boy off the pole,” said Kodak in his Instagram live, referring to Sababu’s claims. ” You was a male stripper. 50 Cent had to come get you off the pole like whatchu talkin’ bout. Yo, leave me alone. Stop talking about me.”