News: Game Reflects On 50 Cent/G-Unit Beef, "It Took Up A Lot Of My Time & Frustrated Me" [Video]
Friday, Mar 23, 2012 3:40PM
Former G-Unit member Game opened up on his issues with ex-affiliate 50 Cent this week and revealed how much of a strain their mid-2000's rap war had on him.
According to Game, the fans and music critics really fueled the rap feud to the degree it reached.
"That was short-lived," Game said referring to his feud with 50. "It lasted about about a year or two and it took up a lot of my time and frustrated me and a lot of people. So I phased that out once I started working on my third album, my second album. Now I'm starting the fifth, so. ... I think I was a little bit more wise and I'm from Los Angeles and I just didn't follow straight into that trap. ... I think it has a lot more to do with the fans and the critics egging it on and what it does to two enemies, which were me and 50 and sometimes it gets out of your hands and you can't control it." (KTLA)
On last night's VH1: Behind The Music, Game also discussed his past "G-Unot" campaign.
"50 didn't write my songs, that's just his ego rising above the team aspect of what Aftermath was all about," Game says. "I could easily say, 'Yo, I wrote this song on "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" it was a team effort." Game continues to explain how his anger towards 50 Cent and G-Unit turned into a movement. ""300 Bars," when I wrote that I was angry I wanted G-Unit to die as a brand, a record label, a group... There was a bar that said 'you sell records but a G-G-G you not.' And all it was, was a metaphor. I didn't know what I created. Next thing I know fans started yelling G-G-G U NOT! [They] started making T-shirts and the movement it got bigger than me." (Billboard)
Back in 2009, 50 talked about his falling out with the one-time G-Unit member.
"I doubt that strongly," 50 said about collaborating with Game in the future. "I never really understood, I didn't know what the motivation was for The Game issues. Initially it was a decision on his part, I went over it in my head like a million times...I didn't have a long period of time with Game, we worked for five days. Dre spent a year in the studio with him, so he had a chance to be around him and gauge what kind of character he is. Right after [his debut] was out, it was like, 'I'm hot,' because of the actual number of records he sold at that point...You'll see Rick Ross out there as if he was a correctional officer when I went into his background. This guy is rapping like he's a drug dealer when he's a correction officer. Game background, when you went into that, he used to be a stripper. He used to work at his mom's strip joint. So it was interesting themes that I seen from both of them but it didn't match what the content was and then I seen the transformation myself." ("Big Boy's Neighborhood")
Game previously apologized to the Unit and said his "G-Unot" taunts were due to his youth and not knowing any better.
"Jimmy [Iovine] always says, 'Man, I told you guys not to break up the Beatles,'" Game said in an interview. "He says he told John Lennon the same thing a long time ago. But I was young, man. I was dumb. I did a lot of dumb things. I felt me and 50 clashed. I'm not gonna diss 50. I'm not gonna go back on the plane. He had his side, I had my side. I did what I felt was necessary for me and my career to have longevity and survive in hip-hop and music to be around when I'm Quincy Jones' age -- not just be Quincy Jones' age, but be a Quincy Jones. Now, four albums in, I can honestly say from [Lloyd] Banks to Young Buck to [Dr.] Dre to Yayo to whoever, if it would have kept going, endless paper. Millions of albums sold --- because we were great together. Me and 50's chemistry was like how Method Man was to Redman when they get in. You know when Method Man gets with Redman, it's going down." (MTV)
Check out Game's interview below: