Based on comments from his VH-1 special, “Behind The Music,” the 2005 beef that led to Game’s split from G-Unit and an exchange of gunshots outside of Hot 97 could have been much worse. Revisiting the situation seven years later, Game said the rift between he and 50 Cent reached its boiling point much earlier when the pair shot the video for his single “Hate It Or Love It.”
The video, which was orchestrated by the animation and directorial collective, The Saline Project, featured heavy use of computer-generated animation. But Game revealed that may not have been an entirely creative decision, because he and 50 couldn’t even be in the same room with each other at the time. Shortly after filming the clip, 50 took to the airwaves to publicly dismiss Game from G-Unit. The pair would eventually agree to a public truce, but not before exchanging disses and gunfire.
“Now I’m pissed,” Game recalled. “I get back to L.A., and you just broke the truce? Are you serious? I wanted to kill him for real. And I thought there was a strong possibility that I would die. I just felt like me and 50 were the modern day Tupac and [The Notorious B.I.G.], and we would have had the same outcome.”
While 50 and Game have traded the occasional diss and/or viral video since their 2005 split, there has been no more violence and both emcees remain alive. In November of 2010, Game issued an apology to 50 Cent, Dr. Dre, Eminem and Interscope chairman Jimmy Iovine. Watch Game’s full “Behind The Music” special below.