50 Cent and The Game’s longstanding beef came to an end in 2016, and ever since news broke of the upcoming docu-series Moment in Time: The Massacre, fans have been awaiting more details of their story. Their beef escalated beyond your typical rap beef where both emcees would trade violent bars amongst one another, yet keep the energy strictly on wax. Many compared their battle to the infamous Tupac/Biggie beef in the early 90s that resulted in the passing of both rappers.
Legendary rapper/actor Ice-T gave his opinion recently on his views on the evolution of rap and who he believed to be “gangster rappers” with Unique Access Ent. In the conversation he included both rappers, saying of Game that he definitely included him as one of the better gangster rappers, but the momentum ended within him once their beef was dissolved.
In regards to the Power executive producer, he believes 50 (who hasn’t released an album since 2014’s Animal Ambition) embodies the true essence of a gangster rapper.
It’s no secret that there is a laundry list of celebrities and public figures that 50 Cent has been involved in some type of feud with, and even in the midst of their beef, some innocent by-standers happened to catch some of the crossfire. One of those that fall in the category happens to be R&B singer Mya.
When Mya first stepped onto the scene with her debut single It’s All About Me, she was definitely one of the hottest new acts of the late 90s entering into the new decade. While churning out her hit singles and albums, she found herself being linked to various rappers with different rumors surfacing. One of the biggest rumors that involved her was a speculated 11-year affair with rapper Jay-Z, to which she has vehemently denied.
“Never did, never was, never will,” she said to a fan on Instagram in 2014. “Illegitimate, thirsty sources with no facts and that’s the ‘media’ for you-especially today. I play second to no one, pay my own bills, have my own label, own management company, rely on God only and respect myself & marriage way too much for nonsense. False rumors are crafted for ratings & numbers.”
Not too long ago, the “Fallin” singer sat with Ebro In The Morning to speak on why she’s remained private about her relationships throughout her career. “I’ve had two boyfriends in the industry,” she said in the interview. “Like, relationships. But I never say names because I respect my relationships and what we’ve gone through…people have linked me to a lot of people, but people also project what they want to see for you.”
She revealed that earlier in her career her father took on the managerial role but that ended when her parents filed for divorce, which led her to outside managers. These managers, however, would constantly try and persuade her to date other artists in the attempt to give her status a boost, but she wouldn’t budge on the matter. “My intention has always been love and connection with a person beyond anything else. I’ve been so private because I didn’t want it to make or break me or to be a public stunt. I’ve really fired a lot of managers that had that mindset or publicists that had that mindset of, ‘Oh, you need to go on a date with this person because it’s going to help album sales.’ No thank-you. That’s not my flow. I don’t like it. I understand it from that perspective. … I am single. Focused. Celibate.”
Early in her career, the singer happened to be brought into 50 and Game’s beef when in 2005, 50 included her in his diss track “Not Rich, Still Lyin’” towards the West Coast rapper, eluding that he had slept with her. “And I get baddest b—s man I even f—d Mya /(I f—d her 1st Game) 50 you a liar /See that’s why I hate you; you think you know me,“ raps 50 in the disrespectful tune.
“Yes, it’s not true. 50 and I never dated, never cuddled, never did anything, period, despite what he chooses to believe in his own mind,” the singer said to Real Talk NY. “I don’t know how he would get Lloyd Banks confused with me. At the end of the day, I laugh because I’ve been linked to Jay-Z, Jadakiss, Wyclef, Sisqo, Game, and Damon Dash. I’m like ohhhk, let me see pictures, let me see the tape.”
Mya would eventually have a run-in with a ThisIs50.com correspondent on a red-carpet who tried to capture an interview with the singer, which didn’t go well for him. “Oh, no, no, no. We can’t do that,” Mya said after learning the reporter was from 50’s website. “He dissed me and I don’t support that. He needs to say that to the public ’cause people don’t lie on their [expletive], okay?”
She got a chance to give a bit more insight and detail on the matter with VladTV saying, “I’m not a fan of things that project false things as well as disrespect someone’s character. I don’t get down like that. I don’t appreciate that. You just, you have to pray for people that will do anything for numbers, ratings, a song, or popularity. I don’t support certain things. So, yes I did reject.”
In another instance, she says they had a run-in while she had been in the offices for Violater, and she says he happened to apologize to her then, yet has never apologized publicly. “Well I didn’t even hear the song,” she said. “I heard about it. So I had to go inspect it. Yeah. My father and I sat in a room at Violater when Chris Lighty was managing a particular artist and that artist interrupted my meeting. My father was in the room. So, we cleared out the air and the confession was made on the other person’s part that yes they lied. But if that will ever come out from the person’s mouth, who knows? Who cares? I’ve addressed it and you have to pray for certain people.”