Tuesday, March 01, 2005

SHOCKER: Guy In Gangsta Rap Group Unexpectedly Shot

Rapper 50--Cent shakes fist at sky, yells "Why?"

Analysts are puzzled as to what the affable 50 Cent could
have done to warrant shootings at either himself, or others
around him

New York--A member of rapper 50 Cent's entourage was shot in the leg Monday night, as the group's namesake was giving an on-air radio interview.

50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, was giving the interview on WQHT-FM, also known as Hot 97. Jackson announced he was dropping his protégé The Game from his hip-hop clique, G-Unit. Shortly thereafter a 24-year-old male was shot in the leg.

"We are deeply saddened," said 50 Cent, whose music reflects the violent underworld of urban gangs, "This shooting is a true aberration."

The rapper, who was shot nine times himself in New York before he was successfully able to write songs about it, routinely speaks of killing, dismemberment, and "putting a cap" in those antagonistic to his posse.

Analysts say that the shooting could have a deep, chilling effect on the Gansta Rap industry.

"It's this kind of thing that brings the censors in, " said one analyst. "Here we have an upstart, musical entrepreneur, discussing the complexities of the urban experience, complete with gangland retaliation, slander, forced sexual conquests, rampant drug use, and middle-fingered ultimatums. Now, some lunatic comes along and potentially silences an entire collective voice with something as anachronistic as a gunshot. Sad. Very sad."

The analyst also bristles at the idea that on-air slander may have played a role. The Game, a native of Compton, California, was seen scuffling outside the radio station as 50- Cent was inside firing him and calling him disloyal to millions.

"If 50-cent wants to drop a Crack-crazed, gun-toting mad man from his band like The Bachelorette, that's his right as an above-board businessman," he said. "He has the basic, constitutional expectation of not being shot for it."

On a related note, There were also shots fired outside the office of Violator Management — the company that manages 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes, Tweet and Missy Elliott — on Monday night, but no one was injured, according to police.

MTV. Com indicates that there may be trouble in "The G-Unit Camp," a phrase that analysts also point to as a possible flash point between the two volatile men.

"If The Game was a part of the 50 Cent Camp, then any ipso facto implication of an 'internal Game Camp' would be antagonistic at best. You just can't have a camp within a camp when dealing with these creative geniuses," he said.

The Game denies trying to start his own camp while a part of 50 Cent's camp. Our analyst believes this denial is the first step towards reconciliation.

"The last thing we need is a camp war," he said. "Those can be real ugly."

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