50 Cent, The Game Call A Truce In Harlem
Today (March 9), 50 Cent and the Game publicly squashed a bitter feud that erupted in gunfire last week after 50 kicked Game out of his G-Unit clique for disloyalty.Perhaps selling 1.1 million copies of his new album, "The Massacre," in four days has softened the heart of 50 Cent. Or maybe he has so many feuds going, he can afford to let one go. Today (March 9), 50 Cent and the Game publicly squashed a bitter feud that erupted in gunfire last week after 50 kicked Game out of his G-Unit clique for disloyalty.
The two rappers didn't exactly kiss and make up. When they emerged before a media throng at Harlem's famed Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, both looked as if they'd been shoved into apologies by a stern mother. But they did shake hands, albeit at the end of the press conference, after speaking about contrition and the need for peace.
50 noted that today was the anniversary of the unsolved murder of Biggie Smalls in 1997, the culmination of a rap war between Biggie and Tupac Shakur that pitted East Coast against West.
"We're here today to show that people can rise above the most difficult circumstances and together we can put negativity behind us," said 50, a native New Yorker. "A lot of people don't want to see it happen, but we're responding to the two most important groups, our family and our fans."
"I just want to apologize on behalf of myself and 50," said Game, who's from the Los Angeles suburb of Compton. "I'm almost ashamed to have participated in the things that happened in the last couple of weeks."
50 presented an oversized check for $150,000 to the Boys Choir of Harlem, while Game donated $103,500. They also both made contributions to the Compton schools music program. It was not clear why Game chose that amount or whether he had been reinstated in G-Unit; no questions were taken at the press conference.
Is the truce sincere? "Of course it was genuine," said hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, who was at the event. "They stood on stage together."
"The Massacre" includes a song attacking rappers like Fat Joe, Nas and Jadakiss for making a record with Ja Rule. But 50 Cent's beef with Game was unusual because it involved a member of his own camp.
Last week, as 50 Cent was on the radio announcing the expulsion of Game from G-Unit -- apparently because Game wouldn't turn his back on some of 50s many enemies -- Game's crew rolled up to the station. Guns were fired inside the lobby and a member of Game's posse was wounded.
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