The Game is readying a follow-up to 2019’s Born 2 Rap titled Drillmatic. Ahead of its release, the 42-year-old Compton native has been much more visible, doing interviews and regularly popping up on social media. He also reignited his long-running feud with 50 Cent.
The Game was famously placed into G-Unit by Dr. Dre and Interscope Records executive Jimmy Iovine in the early 2000s, which included 50 Cent, Tony Yayo, Lloyd Banks, Young Buck and Kidd Kidd (later).
50 Cent and Game went on to collaborate on the gold-selling single “Hate It Or Love It” in 2005. During a recent Instagram Live conversation with Fat Joe, The Game denied the G-Unit boss was responsible for his career.
“I was in a group with those n-ggas, but I wasn’t breaking peanut butter jelly sandwiches in half with [them],” he sad. “I didn’t see them n-ggs until it was time to work. A lot of people like, ‘N-gga, 50 put you on.’ No, 50 did not put me on.
“People don’t understand that. At that time in L.A., I was it. I was the n-gga. That’s why Jimmy [Iovine] took me and told 50 he was putting me in G-Unit. And 50 accepted it because my name was ringing bells in the streets of Hip Hop.”
The Game and 50 Cent engaged in a social media sparring session last month after 50 Cent clowned The Game for getting snubbed by Iovine at a Los Angeles Lakers game. He also took credit for writing The Game’s songs.
“LOL The man didn’t even look at him,” 50 wrote under a video clip of the alleged snub. “Get this guy out of here 50 wrote the records. LMFAO.”
Game fired back at 50 Cent and claimed he didn’t even notice Iovine, then challenged 50 Cent to write another hit.
“N-gga, I ain’t even see Mr. Burns,” he wrote. “If you wrote my records … write you one today and put it out n-gga! Your rap career died wit them loli pop strap tank tops … you a actor, [and] that’s why you ran to tv […] leave this rap shit to n-ggas who can spell correctly and actually got bars, goofy n-gga!”