The Game has plenty of tales to share from his storied career but the one about Michael Jackson playing mediator between him and 50 Cent has to be one of the best. In an interview with HipHopDX Tuesday (Dec. 16), the rapper shared how the King of Pop seemed to be very interested in the rappers resolving their now infamous beef.
The rapper has shared the story in the past thanks to “Better On The Other Side,” his tribute to the late musician he released shortly after Jackson’s passing in 2009. Game looked back on the moment he received a call from Jackson’s team while on tour. The rapper says the call also came during the height of the beef where they absolutely hated each other.
“That was weird as f**k,” he said. “It’s like, this ain’t how I wanna meet Michael Jackson or talk to Michael Jackson.” He was also confused about MJ’s role in playing the middle man in the situation. “I kinda felt like Mike was on some lame s**t. Like, who sent you type s**t, but at the same time it was like, you know that voice Michael Jackson’s voice that you hear. Like, that n***a wasn’t talking like that. It was like, lowkey deep. You could still tell it was Michael Jackson but it was more like…it was like regular.”
During the convo, MJ shared his enjoyment of the 2004 single, “How We Do” which was a hit across many Billboard charts like the Hot 100, Rap Airplay and the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart. He also teased the idea of the three of them collaborating on a song.
“That’s where Mike lost me. In my head, I was just not open to doing that,” he said. “I can’t remember how we ended the conversation or whatnot. I didn’t tell Mike ‘No,’ but it never came to fruition.”
Sadly, the song never happened but we still have Game’s classic records.
Enjoy them below and the rest of the interview up top.