New York – Rappers 50 Cent and former protege The Game are calling a truce.
The Game has a foundation, Black Wall Street, which empowers the community through business development. 50 Cent said he’s launching a new foundation, G-Unity, to help people overcome obstacles. The two will donate to the Harlem Boys Choir and Compton Unified School District Music Program.
“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,” 50 Cent said in a statement.
It comes a week after a bitter feud broke out between the two rappers. A member of The Game’s crew was wounded during a shooting outside a New York hip-hop radio station, where 50 Cent – who produced part of The Game’s platinum-selling debut album – was on the air, announcing that he was kicking him out of his G-Unit clique.
No one has been arrested for the shooting, and police are still investigating the incident, but some in the media have suggested it may have been the beginning of violent dispute between the two rappers, who flaunt a gangsta image: Both are former drug dealers and both have been shot multiple times.
There have been comparisons to the feud between Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G. nearly a decade ago. Both rappers were shot to death in separate slayings that have not been solved.
The Rev. Al Sharpton on Tuesday proposed a ban that would muzzle artists who are connected to any violent acts, denying them airplay on radio and television for 90 days. Though he did not single out 50 Cent by name, he told The Associated Press that a recent shooting linked to a feud involving 50 demonstrated the need for such a policy.