NEW YORK - Another day, another feud for 50 Cent. This time, he's beefing with his own protege, the best-selling rapper The Game. Actually, make that former protege.
In an interview on hip-hop radio station Hot 97 Monday night, 50 announced that he was kicking The Game out of his G-Unit clique because of disloyalty � for refusing to take 50's side in his latest battles with high-profile rappers. Then a shooting occurred outside the radio station, wounding one man, police said.
At the time, 50 Cent was inside speaking on the radio � the interview ended abruptly as security people escorted the rapper out the building, a spokesman for the radio station said.
50 Cent built much of his stature on feuds � his battle with Ja Rule helped demolish Ja Rule's star power. As his new album approached, he's also picked feuds with Fat Joe, Nas and Jadakiss.
The Los Angeles-based rapper The Game seemed to be following in 50's footsteps. Like 50, he was a former drug dealer, had been shot several times and used rap as his way out of a life of crime. And like 50, who was introduced under the wings of Eminem, The Game rode 50's coattails into the rap world.
The Game's album "The Documentary" debuted at No. 1 when it was released in January and features 50 on several songs, including the album's hit "How We Do."
The Game apparently drew 50 Cent's ire after an interview appearance on Hot 97 Saturday night, in which he supported 50's enemies.
"I ain't gonna turn on my friends and Nas is one of my friends, and Jada's really a homie ... 50's beef is 50's beef and I really don't know where all this stems from."
On Monday's show, 50 said The Game was no longer part of G-Unit and claimed responsibility for his success.
"Every record he's selling is based on me being on his record with him," he said.
In the short-term, 50's presence on his album may end up hurting The Game, who brags about his affiliation with G-Unit in songs like "How We Do." But ultimately, Wilson said the feud may end up boosting his career by showing he's not a 50 puppet.
"I think that Game obviously feels like he's his own man already," said Wilson.
As for 50 Cent, Wilson said all the drama surrounding the star may turn into a negative. It has certainly caused some waves for both 50 and The Game's parent label, Interscope � and for Eminem and Dr. Dre, who are both affiliated with The Game (Dr. Dre produced much of the album).
"I think he's making more and more enemies," Wilson (XXL magazine, editor in chief) said of 50 Cent. "You definitely feel like is he doing too much of a Tupac spiral, like me against the world. You bring more people wanting to see you fail."