By Chris Yuscavage
Game sure knows how to stir up controversy.
Since the former G-Unit general jumped into the rap scene back in the mid-2000s, he’s been doing, saying and tweeting things that have helped keep his name in the headlines. Most recently, Game took to his Twitter account and extended an olive branch to former friend-turned-foe 50 Cent.
“@50cent Aye n—-, get on twitter & let’s get this s—- movin !!! G-G-G-G-well, you know the rest,” he wrote late last week. “@50cent All it take it ’ONE PHONE CALL’! U call me, I call BUCK, tell Banks holla at Yayo & dat puts HIP HOP @ OUR MERCY!”
For the most part, Fif ignored Game’s pleas and Lloyd Banks played them off as a publicity stunt during his “RapFix Live” visit on Thursday (November 11)—but it appears that Game got us again. Without a hit record on the radio—though he did release a collaboration with Diddy called “Red Bottoms” on Tuesday (November 16)—or a new album on store shelves (his The R.E.D. Album has been delayed for months now) Game is back in the news.
This isn’t the first time he’s done this, and it certainly won’t be the last. To show you what we mean, RapFix collected a list of Game’s 10 craziest hip-hop moments. These incidents have helped to define his career and kept him relevant—even when his music hasn’t.
The Date: February 2005
The Moment: 50 Cent drops Game from G-Unit after Game refuses to side with him in several beefs with New York rappers Fat Joe and Jadakiss. Then a shooting takes place at New York’s Hot 97 offices.
The Controversy: 50 Cent—along with some help from Dr. Dre—helped build Game’s career and gave him an identity. So when Game decided to cut ties with him by siding with Fif’s enemies, it definitely looked like he was playing himself. But, all it did was build his buzz even higher and make his sophomore album, Doctor’s Advocate, that much more anticipated.
The Date: October 2006
The Moment: TMZ uncovers an old episode of the dating show, “Change of Heart,” featuring Game and a former girlfriend.
The Controversy: The collective response to Game getting outted was the same. “Wait … isn’t this guy supposed to be a gangster?!?” 50 used the image of Game getting played on the show (his ex-girlfriend had a “Change of Heart” during the course of the episode) on a mixtape cover, Joe Budden used it during the brief beef he endured with Game and other rappers like Yukmouth turned to the show when they needed some extra ammo. But, surprisingly, most hip-hop fans didn’t have a change of heart when it came to buying Game’s music—and it sold remarkably well.
The Date: May 2007
The Moment: Game appears on the “Beef IV” DVD and reveals that his third album, L.A.X., will be his last.
The Controversy: No matter how many times they do it, rappers telling us that they’re retiring always generates at least a month worth of free press. So it should come as no surprise that Game turned to the tactic during the press run leading up to the release of his third album.
The Date: May 2007
The Moment: Game is arrested at home in connection to a February 2007 incident in Los Angeles in which he allegedly threatened a man with a gun during a pickup basketball game.
The Controversy: Okay, forget the “Change of Heart” thing. Maybe Game is a gangster. Or maybe he just has anger management issues. Or maybe he just needs to learn how to relax. Whatever it is, Game got our attention. Again.
The Date: October 2008
The Moment: Game is charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest in Greensboro, N.C. after he allegedly walked around a local mall wearing a Halloween mask, cursing loudly and refusing to leave when asked.
The Controversy: This was just the first episode in a long lines of episodes that had us scratching our heads every time Game’s name popped up in the news. As in, ’What is this guy thinking?!?’
The Date: February 2009
The Moment: Game calls up a Seattle radio station and, when asked about the growing beef between 50 Cent and Rick Ross, he sides with 50 and says that he doesn’t think things are looking good for Ross. He then extends an offer to Ross saying that he’ll help him face off with Fif if he wants.
The Controversy: No matter what happens between now and the end of Game’s career, he’ll always have his relationship with 50 Cent (or his lack of a relationship with 50 Cent) to fall back on. So even when Fif is beefing with other rappers, Game’s name floats up. And he’s proved time and time again that he’s happy to use the free publicity.
The Date: July 2009
The Moment: Game drops a diss track called “I’m So Wavy,” where he throws shots at Jay-Z and Kanye West’s girlfriend Amber Rose.
The Controversy: This wasn’t the first time Game threw shots at Hov, but it did prove that, no matter how many times he does it, Game going at Jay is going to get headlines. And Game going at Kanye’s girl at the time? Well, just consider that a bonus.
The Date: October 2009
The Moment: Snoop Dogg posts a Twitpic of himself, Game and Dr. Dre working together in the studio.
The Controversy: After all that Dre went through during the 50-Game beef, he’s still down to work with the guy? Fair enough. But does that mean we won’t be hearing anymore 50-Dre songs?
The Date: January 2010
The Moment: Game posts a Twitpic of himself wearing several Aftermath chains and writes a caption that says, “It’s funny how things come Full Circle.”
The Controversy: See controversy above. With Game back into the mix, everyone wants to know what this means to Dre’s relationship with 50 Cent. Well … ?
The Date: November 2010
The Moment: Game attempts to reunite with 50 Cent and G-Unit through Twitter
The Controversy: That Game is reaching out to 50 again doesn’t surprise us. That he had the presence of mind to turn it into a Twitter phenomena does. It’s still up for debate, whether Game will save West coast hip-hop. But if we ever need a good publicist, we know who to call!
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