Why can’t we all just get along?
It’s a simple question with an intricate answer. Even the closest of friends sometimes get in fights, but they often find ways to make up. In hip-hop, though, when group members beef with former comrades or bosses, it’s usually only for a handful of reasons: money, respect, and the occasional “creative differences.”
Recently, Slo Down, the masked mascot member of the St. Lunatics, came out complaining about the way he was treated within the group, saying that when it came time to split the money, Nelly would get half and he wouldn’t be included in the rest of the split. Slo isn’t the first dude to take issue with his treatment by a former friend. Here are nine artists who fell out with their respective camps and how they bounced back (or didn’t).
1) YOUNG BUCK (G-UNIT)
After reported tensions surrounding Young Buck within G-Unit for a few months, the Tennessee native was officially dismissed by The General. 50 called in to New York’s Hot 97 and let the world, and Buck, know where the Southern MC stood in the group—which was, well, nowhere. “You can look at it and see that’s Game all the way,” said Fif. “I was giving [Buck] a chance, giving him the benefit of the doubt [to remain with the group]. You can take this as an official notice right here. Pretty much you can say: Young Buck is no longer in the group G-Unit, but signed to G-Unit as a solo artist.” Not long after, 50 leaked a now infamous phone conversation between himself and Buck, during which it was revealed that Buck owed money to his boss. Oh, and he did some crying and pleading.
After the Fact: Buck has released a few diss records, but nothing that has proved to shake 50 (surprised?). His third solo album, and first since the fallout, is yet to be released.
2) GAME (G-UNIT)
After connecting to help Game have major success on his early singles from his debut album, The Documentary, 50 Cent and the Compton native were soon embroiled in an intense war of words. 50 was feuding with Fat Joe and Jadakiss for teaming up with Ja Rule on 2005’s “New York.” When 50 felt Game didn’t step up enough to ride for his G-Unit brethren, he kicked the West Coast member out of the group. There were plenty of words, diss songs, a press conference to attempt to bring the feud to a halt, and more diss songs. How quickly friends can become enemies.
After the Fact: Game has dropped two successful albums and a number of mixtapes. He is currently readying the release of his fourth solo project, The R.E.D. Album.