Tuesday night was a busy night for hip-hop fans in NYC, with Young Jeezy and the Game going head to head with separate concerts. Fabolous, Lil’ Kim and Maino joined Jeezy’s Blender Theater show , but Game paraded a few of his own lyrically inclined friends down the way at Irving Plaza. Some were former enemies, and some were friends who turned into enemies but came back to friendship.
Game’s first guest was a doozy: Joe Budden. Shortly after Game joined G-Unit, the two squared off lyrically for several months, and their disses toward each other were scathing. Their disses toward each other were scathing. Jump-Off Budden performed “Pump It Up” and his new underground classic “Who.”
Next were Wu-Tang Clan’s Raekwon and Ghostface Killah. Game at one point bowed in homage as Rae kicked a freestyle: “When my ni–as come down, they burning that crib down/ And you gettin’ hit.”
“Love you, ni–a,” Rae told Game, and Ghost yelled out, “They set the stage on fire!”
Kool Herc stood on the sidelines among Game’s Black Wall Street clan, who flooded the stage. The Compton MC called Herc out to the spotlight and bowed to him. The legendary DJ told Game that his favorite record was “Hate It or Love It.”
“Always love, man,” Herc said.
Fat Joe was the next to enter the big kids’ playground with “Lean Back.” They even let parts of jailed former Terror Squad member Remy Ma’s verse play.
Game’s putting on for the city didn’t stop there. After Maino (busy night, huh?) held down the show with “Hi Hater,” it was a reunion of booted G-Unit members who hadn’t shared the stage in four years.
Young Buck arrived and immediately gave the star of the show an iced-out watch.
“I read on the Internet that you were broke,” Game said to his pal.
“I’m a street n—a, we gets money for real,” Buck responded.
Of course, the two had words for 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo. (Who couldn’t see that coming?) “Without me, they just a Unit,” Buck rapped a cappella, implying that the clique was no longer gangsta.
Game took liberties with his own song “How We Do” soon after, bashing his former rap collective: “Took three years, kicked me and Buck out/ New York was like, [’Huh’]?”
Later, Young Buck said he had no beef with Fat Joe.
Game gave the fans another taste of his L.A.X. LP with current single “My Life” and probable second single “Money,” but he didn’t perform his controversial track, “Letter to the King.”
Jim Jones was the last surprise of the night. He and Game did a piece of “Certified Gangsta.” Jim took control for portions of “Love Me No More” and “Byrdgang Money.” The Harlem Dipset Capo then handed the mic back to his Cali friend. The night’s main attraction sent the fans home with “Game’s Pain.”