Video Review: The Game & 50 Cent "Hate It Or Love It"

Video Review: The Game & 50 Cent “Hate It Or Love It”

In New York City, New York, bathed with golden light, The Game claps his hands as he stands on top of the mountain The birds fly over him.

50 Cent raps outside of his childhood home. The 10-year-old version of 50 Cent (Zachary Williams) sits on the couch and plays with his toys on the carpet of the family room.

Lit in emerald green, a young woman flashes a ring, which says “Queens.” Within Queens, the 10-year-old 50 Cent talks with his friends while they sit on their bicycles on the sidewalk. He falls asleep on his bed.

The Game drives a car on the Brooklyn Bridge. 50 Cent sits next to him, nodding his head.

The Game drives into Compton, California. On the sidewalk, a group of men talk and high-five one another. A 10-year-old (Tequan Richmond) puts on a flannel shirt in front of the mirror. He walks onto the basketball court with one of his friend. A 17-year-old young man pulls out a gun. The Game sits by his dead friend. He and 50 Cent spray paint N.W.A. on the wall. The police officers arrest them. They look at one another in the backseat of the car.

The Game and 50 Cent fly over New York City in a plane.

The Game leans against a fence and watches the 10-year-old version of himself walk by him.

The police arrest 50 Cent on the sidewalk. The Game gifts his mom a new car. She hugs him on the driveway of her home. A group of children stand on the sidewalk together. A group of 10-year-old girls wave. Some kids jump on a mattress left on the sidewalk.

The Game holds his infant son in his arms.

Rating: 4/5

The Game brings up some toys over to his girlfriend’s house. His girlfriend sighs and says she’s spoiling their son. She adds that he can’t even play with with half of them. He says he wants his son to have what he didn’t. His girlfriend says their home is becoming a toy store. She points to the bedroom and asks if he has his closet. She says their son has more designer clothes than she does. The Game sits on the floor with his son and shows one of the trucks.

He talks to his mom and asks her about her new car. She tells him she loves it. She adds that when she drove to the grocery store, she parked all the way in the back. Her legs hurt but at least her car didn’t have a scratch on it. He tells her she can park up front. His mom says she was thinking of the Game’s friend who had passed away the other day. The Game says he really misses him. He always supported him. She says she his invites his friend’s mom over but she tells her another time. The Game says he thinks it’s too hard. He still can’t look her in the eye.

The Game and 50 Cent talk on the plane. 50 Cent says he shouldn’t even be here. He says it was a miracle growing up. Each time he got shot or arrested, he had hoped it would work itself out. However, he knew eventually his luck was going to run out. He didn’t want to die or end up in jail. The Game says he doesn’t want his son to experience his childhood growing up. 50 Cent says he could never be poor again.

Director: The Saline Project Year: 2004

Pam Avoledo Administrator
Pam Avoledo spends her time binge-watching classic teen dramas and stands firm in her pro-Leyton stance. She also received her journalism degree in 2006 from Oakland University. Her work has been published in the White Wall Review, Sledgehammer Lit ,Greatest City Collective & 45 Magazine . Fevers of the Mind, and forthcoming in Daily Drunk Mag\'s Kirstofia anthology.

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