50 Cent Addresses Claim That The Game Wrote "What Up Gangsta'
The hip-hop mogul spoke on the issue during a recent appearance on 'The Breakfast Club," insisting the song was written before he even knew The Game.
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50 Cent is trying to set the record straight on one of his biggest hits.
While speaking to The Breakfast Club, Fif was asked about the number of songs he penned for The Game’s 2004 project, The Documentary. The hosts proceed to name a number of tracks on which 50 was credited, including “Higher,” “Hate It or Love It,” and “How We Do.” Fif then redirects the conversation to “What Up Gangsta,” a standout cut from his 2003 debut album Get Rich or Die Tryin’.
“[The Game] said he wrote ‘What Up Gangsta.’ I’m like, ‘C’mon on, bro. You wasn’t even around when we did that. That was before you even came into the picture,’” Fif said. “… We didn’t even know who he was until after. There’s a point when you [reach] desperation and you’ll say anything.”
Wack 100 previously suggested “What Up Gangsta” was co-written by The Game, who has been in a years-long feud with the G-Unit boss. Wack 100 made the comments during a Clubhouse conversation back in March, when someone asked whether it was true that 50 had written a grip of tracks for The Documentary.
“I’m going to speak on something you don’t never speak on,” Wack said, before reciting “What Up Gangsta’s” chorus. “‘What up cuz, what up Blood, what up Gangsta.’ Who you think wrote that? I’mma leave it alone … Bro just don’t be beating his chest.”
You can watch 50’s full Breakfast Club interview below. He also talks about his love for Houston, his issues with Starz, and why he didn’t sign J. Cole.
The episode premiered on the same day The Game released his 10th studio album, Drillmatic: Heart vs. Mind. The effort delivered 18 tracks, including “Eazy” featuring Kanye West, “No Man Falls” with Pusha-T and 2 Chainz, and “Money Cash Clothes” featuring ASAP Rocky. However, one of the most talked-about cuts was “The Black Slim Shady,” a controversial diss track that referenced Eminem’s daughter.
“So ficky-ficky Slim Shady, please, stand up/Shoot the fade with me, I’d love to put these hands up,” The Game raps. “I could .40 Glock you, unarmed/Drop the world on your head with one arm/Dear Slim, Hailie’s with me and she’s unharmed—for now.”