People were baffled by The Game’s aggressive criticism of Eminem, especially since the solitary Detroit rapper didn’t appear to have any beef with The Game. Game’s lengthy “The Black Slim Shady” single, which received mixed reviews, was released on his most recent album. It is well known that the Los Angeles rapper and his former friend and associate 50 Cent are at odds, and it has been speculated that Game targeted Em since the Relapse hit-maker was complicit by association.
However, Game clarified why he chose to target one of the hip-hop community’s most beloved lyricists in an interview with Elliott Wilson and Brian “B.Dot” Miller for Rap Radar. Game said that it was nothing more than a typical Hip Hop competitive spar.
“Just because nobody really does, as far as it being personal, it’s not personal,” said Game. “I came up on Em, too. I remember the first time that ‘Hi, My Name Is’ came out… I felt the same feeling when I heard that, that I heard ‘Juicy’ from Big the first time. So, yeah, I always f*cked with Em, and then, you know, the whole Aftermath and Shady thing. He was on The Documentary. I think me and 50’s fallout made him choose a side and he wasn’t doin’ the sh*t that I did. ‘I’m goin’ with 50, f*ck you n*ggas.'”
Watch the episode’s clip down below.