Fans are anxiously awaiting the recently announced 50 Cent helmed docu-series operating under the working title Moment in Time: The Massacre, which will detail his rivalry with The Game. The two were embroiled in a battle much like the east coast/west coast battle between rival rappers Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G., which ultimately ended in their demise. Thankfully, they were able to squash their beef in 2016, something that 50 hasn’t done in many of his longstanding feuds.
Fifty sat down with Real 92.3’s Big Boy in the Morning at the time where he revealed that not only were the two in a much better place than they had been but that he also could not recall where their beef stemmed from. “I always said I didn’t understand where it came from. He explained it to me,” 50 said. “We’re in the same place. We’re cool. I haven’t wished bad on him the entire time.”
Rumors started to emerge that the two had begun to settle their differences when a reported G-unit reunion was set to happen, but in an interview with HipHopDX, Game shot that down. “I don’t know where that came from man, but I can’t see that happening no time in the near future,” said Game. “You know he’s doing his thing, I’m doing my thing. Banks, Buck, and Yayo, they all doing their thing.
Months later, TMZ would capture footage of the former rivals at the Ace of Diamonds strip club together in Los Angeles piecing it up. Game would also hop on stage to announce that the two had buried the hatchet, to the surprise of fans. “I [mess] with 50,” Game expressed. “What happened, that was 12 years ago. N—–s ain’t on that s–t. Drink your Effen [vodka].”
The Game squashed issues with 50 Cent while in the club with him pic.twitter.com/wbLJE1cLPi— KENNY BEAR (@phillycustoms) August 2, 2016
As fans continue to wait for more information surrounding the details of the show, previous content has begun to resurface that was tailored to their beef, such as Game’s interview with HipHopDX where he expressed his feelings on their rivalry. In the interview, he dropped a previously unknown fun fact involving the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, and began to detail the moment where the “Thriller” artist revealed that not only he was a fan, but that he wanted the two to squash their beef.
“That was weird as f–k. It’s like, this ain’t how I wanna meet Michael Jackson or talk to Michael Jackson,” he recalls. “I kinda felt like Mike was on some lame [stuff]. Like, who sent you type s–t, but at the same time it was like, you know that voice Michael Jackson’s voice that you hear. Like, that n—-a wasn’t talking like that. It was like, lowkey deep. You could still tell it was Michael Jackson, but it was more like…it was like regular.”
He went on to say that Michael expressed his love for the rapper’s debut album, and further proved it by reciting some lyrics to his single, “How We Do”. The Game then alleges that the legendary singer made the request for a collaboration on his album. “I think that you and Fifty did great work. It would be a travesty if the world never got to hear you guys again,” he claims that Jackson said. “Would you be open to having a conversation and squashing that beef and doing something for my album?”
Unable to see past his anger as well as the bigger picture, the rapper claims to have turned Michael’s request down. “At that time, I was so in it with Fifty I actually hated Fifty. I wanted to k*ll him at that time. He probably had the same mutual feelings for me. That’s where Mike lost me. In my head, I was just not open to doing that. I can’t remember how we ended the conversation or whatnot. I didn’t tell Mike ‘No,’ but it never came to fruition.”
He also went on to express that he believed their beef would have a similar end to that of Biggie and Tupac’s. “I wanted it to end like that,” he told HipHopDX. “‘Cause when you’re young, you’re stupid… I just felt like in a weird way, this was Hip-Hop. We were supposed to die in this s–t.
He doubled down on those same sentiments in an interview earlier this year with NME.com. “We literally should have been another version of Biggie and Tupac […]There was a lot of dangerous [stuff] going on.”
Reflecting on those times and coupled with his street upbringing, the rapper is grateful that they didn’t adopt that mindset and push the narrative that it indeed had to end in bloodshed. And while the two haven’t worked together since in any capacity, it’s safe to say things have continued to remain in a good space for them. “So yeah, squashing that beef was probably the best thing for me and him to do. I’m glad we did it,” he added. “Beefs usually don’t get squashed until someone [life is taken]. That’s just how it is where I come from.”
No word on if they will be collaborating on the upcoming series, but be on the lookout for the official air date.