By Simon Vozick-Levinson
Updated August 16, 2010 at 02:14 PM EDT

Image Credit: Sylvain Gaboury/PR Photos; Andrew Savulich/NY Daily News Archive/Getty ImagesYou probably know 50 Cent as a rapper, actor, and businessman, but I think his truest gifts may lie in the phony phone-call field. Take his ongoing tiff with Shyne. The former Diddy protégé has been one of 50’s innumerable antagonists going back years, but things have really started heating up lately with Shyne’s release from prison. Last week, Shyne’s new label, Def Jam, organized a live webcast/conference call to aid with his halting comeback efforts. 50 Cent took this opportunity to call in under a fake name and prank Shyne.

You can watch 50’s edited version of the webcast exchange after the jump via Nah Right — be warned, there’s a ton of NSFW profanity and at least one cringe-inducing Mel Gibson quotation. Really, though, the questionable details of 50’s tirade aren’t the point. What makes this hilarious to me is the way 50 Cent consistently gets right up in his many enemies’ faces. No other artist of his stature would take the time to do this. Jay-Z, for instance, has spent the last 10 years studiously avoiding petty industry beefs whenever possible. 50 gleefully jumps headfirst into the mud every time. I can’t help chuckling at his antics, even when I know I shouldn’t.

In a follow-up interview with MTV News, Shyne called 50’s gag “an all-time low.” (Reps for 50 did not respond to EW’s request for comment.) “I didn’t know he was so desperate,” Shyne sneered. “The fact that he’s sitting in New York, selling his Vitamin Water, listening to my Ustream. What the f—? You’re stalking me.” Which, yeah, sure. 50’s obsessive needling of any and everyone he dislikes can come across as a touch pathetic at times. But in cases like this, it’s damned entertaining.

Have you been following 50 Cent and Shyne’s war of words? Whose side are you on here? And, dare I ask, which of these guys do you have more interest in hearing actual new music from?

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