Why beef when you and your rival both have albums in the top five? It’s not clear whether 50 Cent and The Game have settled their differences, but they did call a truce on Wednesday, shaking hands at a Harlem press conference to publicize their charitable contributions to young musicians in historically black communities.
Both rappers spoke at the event at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, though they didn’t answer questions, the Associated Press reports. ”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 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.”
Last week, 50 ousted Game from his G-Unit posse, accusing the younger rapper of disloyalty, since Game had refused to participate in 50’s beefs with other rappers, and since Game had apparently failed to show him sufficient appreciation for all the help 50 gave him in producing his debut album The Documentary. Minutes after 50 made his remarks over the air at a New York radio station, his crew clashed with Game’s on the sidewalk in front of the station, and at least four shots were fired, wounding a Game associate. No arrests have been made in the incident, which came days before 50’s The Massacre arrived in stores.
On Wednesday, 50 wasn’t saying whether Game would be readmitted to G-Unit, but Game sounded conciliatory, saying, ”I just want to apologize on behalf of myself and 50. I’m almost ashamed to have participated in the things that happened in the last couple of weeks.”
50 announced he was donating $150,000 to the Boys Choir of Harlem, while Game nearly matched him with a donation of $103,500. Both also donated funds toward school music programs in Game’s home turf of Compton, Los Angeles. Earlier in the day, 50 had announced the creation of the G-Unity Foundation, ”to help people overcome obstacles and make a chance for the better in their lives… to help them overcome their situations. I realized that if I’m going to be effective at that, I have to overcome some of my own. Game and I need to set an example in the community.”