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50 Cent And The Game To Call A Truce

03.09.2005 11:16 AM EST

Press conference scheduled for Wednesday (March 9).

50 Cent publicly severed ties with the Game last week, but on Wednesday (March 9) the two are apparently going to squash their beef in front of the world with the hope of setting an example for hip-hop.

At 2 p.m. in New York's Harlem neighborhood, 50 and Game will be holding a press conference about their differences and will also pledge donations to charity.

"I'm launching a new foundation, the G-Unity Foundation, Inc., to help people overcome obstacles and make a change for the better in their lives ... to help them overcome their situations," 50 Cent said in a statement. "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."

"I see this as a real opportunity to show the power of our community," Game said in his own statement. "50 and I are proving that real situations and real problems can be solved with real talk. This can also be seen as a big step for my organization, Black Wall Street, in terms of making a difference. Maybe we can help save some lives ... the way rap music saved mine."

The well-publicized split between Game and 50 occurred last week when 50 appeared on New York radio twice in one day denouncing the Compton, California, native, calling him treacherous and jealous. 50's tirade ended when he was abruptly escorted from Hot 97 in the midst of his interview with Funkmaster Flex. Game and his crew came up to Hot 97 when 50 was on the air but were denied entrance to the building. A 24-year-old man, also from Compton, was shot when Game's crew got into a confrontation with another faction outside the building (see "50 Drops Game From G-Unit; Shots Fired At Radio Station").http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1497921/03092005/50_cent.jhtml?headlines=true

Nice publicity stunt Interscope.

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This was total publicity......all to sell more albums.

And thats right.....to do this on the anniv. of BIG's death to me is more of an insult than respect......but this what the record/music industry does to the public.......and people fall for it....

THIS IS BIGGIE'S DAY WHERE WE CELEBRATE HIS LIFE AND LEGACY.......let 50 and Game do their beef squashing another day!

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Feuding gangsta rappers 50 Cent and The Game called a truce on Wednesday, saying they wanted to set a good example to fans of a genre that sometimes glorifies violence and occasionally falls victim to it.

The two stars, who have at least 14 bullet wounds between them, donated $253,000 to the Boys Choir of Harlem and an unspecified amount to a foundation in Compton, the rundown Los Angeles neighborhood where The Game grew up.

"This is an opportunity for people to see us make peace," 50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, told reporters at a news conference in Harlem.

The spat between 50 Cent and his former protege, whose real name is Jayceon Taylor, came to a head last week when a man said to be part of The Game's entourage was shot in the leg outside a radio station where 50 Cent was doing an interview.

Hours later, shots were fired at the Manhattan offices of 50 Cent's representatives, Violator Management.

The clashes fueled fears of further violence and prompted prominent black preacher and civil rights activist Al Sharpton (news - web sites) to call for a broadcasting ban to keep artists linked to violence off the radio and television for 90 days.

The feud coincided with the release of 50 Cent's new album "The Massacre" which shot to No. 1 on the U.S. pop charts on Wednesday after posting first-week sales of 1.14 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Meanwhile The Game's debut album, "Documentary," slipped one notch to No. 5 on sales of 100,000 copies as his seven-week sales tally climbed to more than 1.5 million units.

The Game, who admits that he was once a drug dealer, said he wanted to show that problems could be resolved through talk. "I want to apologize. I'm almost ashamed to have participated in the things that went on over the last few weeks," he said.

The two men embraced and shook hands after handing over checks to the director of the Boys Choir of Harlem.

Gangsta rap conflicts have been deadly in the past. 50 Cent noted that Wednesday was the anniversary of the 1997 death of Christopher "The Notorious B.I.G." Wallace, who was gunned down in Los Angeles. Another of the biggest names in rap, Tupac Shakur, was shot dead in Las Vegas in 1996.

"In the shadow of the untimely death of Biggie, today marks the anniversary of his death. We're here to show people can rise above even the most difficult circumstances and together we can put negativity behind us," 50 Cent said.

Earlier he said he was launching a new foundation, the G-Unity Foundation, "to help people overcome obstacles and make a change for the better in their lives."

Both artists records are released through Interscope Records, a unit of Vivendi Universal SA's Universal Music Group.


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