During a sit-down with Amazon Music's Bimma Williams, The Game elaborated on his pivotal role in shaping 50 Cent's iconic track, "What Up Gangsta." As the Compton-bred rapper, he shed light on the collaborative process behind the song, which became a standout on 50 Cent's debut album, "Get Rich or Die Tryin'," released back in 2002.
At the 54-minute mark of the interview, the host made a candid remark crediting The Game for writing the track, but the former G-Unit artist humbly corrected the notion. He clarified that he didn't single-handedly pen "What Up Gangsta" for his friend-turned-foe, 50 Cent. Instead, he played a significant role in influencing the song's creation, comparable to the camaraderie shared by The LOX during their music recording sessions.
He said: “I didn’t write ‘What Up Gangta’ for 50,” he said about his friend-turned-foe. “I was in there and part of the influence. And if you know — I call it like the way The LOX recorded music. It’s like, [Jadakiss] is, you know, writing his verse, and [Styles P] and [Sheek Louch] is right there and they’re like, ‘Nah, say that,’ and you throw it in there.”
The Game clears up rumor he ghostwrote 50 Cent's "What Up Gangsta" 👀— WhatsOnRap (@whatsonrap) June 30, 2023
The rumors about The Game's ghostwriting surfaced in 2022, when music manager Wack 100 asserted that The Game was the mastermind behind "What Up Gangsta." This statement added fuel to the already intense speculation surrounding the song's origins. Wack's words were bound to stir controversy, but The Game chose to remain silent on the matter, allowing the truth to unfold naturally.
In a 2022 interview on The Breakfast Club, 50 Cent himself addressed Wack 100's comments and stood firm in his stance that the song was already written before The Game entered the picture. There was no denying that "What Up Gangsta" was an integral part of 50 Cent's historic album, "Get Rich or Die Tryin'," and its creation was a testament to his artistic prowess at that time.
The Game, well-aware of the song's significance, didn't try to diminish 50 Cent's role in its making. Instead, he highlighted the West Coast energy he brought into the track, infusing it with that distinctive Los Angeles vibe. The chorus, with its iconic lines, "What up, Blood? What up, Cuz? What up, Gangsta?," bore the mark of The Game's LA influence, contributing to the song's overall appeal.
In the course of his conversation with Williams, The Game emphasized that 50 Cent excelled in crafting catchy hooks and memorable melodies. His talent in that department was second to none, and The Game admired him for his storytelling abilities.
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However, the two artists diverged when it came to their respective strengths. While 50 Cent's forte lay in hooks and melodies, The Game firmly believed that he was unparalleled in lyricism. It was an area where The Game took immense pride and confidence, knowing that he could hold his own against any rapper, including the likes of 50 Cent.
The Game's revelation about his involvement in "What Up Gangsta" offered a fascinating insight into the collaborative nature of music creation. It showcased the unique chemistry between artists and how their distinct talents blended harmoniously to produce timeless tracks that resonate with fans for generations to come.