The beef between 50 Cent‘s G-Unit Records and James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond has never been a secret. But now we are presented a clear picture of how deep this feud really went.
Former music executive and talent manager James Rosemond is currently on trial for the murder of G-Unit associate of Lowell Fletcher in 2009. Over the last three weeks, four former members of Rosemond’s drug organization took the stand against their old boss.What they revealed rivals the content often found in street magazines such as Don Diva.
According to several testimonies, the beef started when 50 Cent released rapper The Game from G-Unit Records live on air at HOT 97. Game, who was then managed by Rosemond, went to see 50 Cent personally that night at the New York radio station where shots were fired and someone was shot.
In 2007 things escalated further when Rosemond’s then 14 year old son was slapped up by Tony Yayo and Fletcher in Manhattan. This incident would cause the tension to spiral out of control as Rosemond waged a war mired in blood and bullets. “He said, ‘These dudes ain’t going to be happy until they go to a funeral,’ ” testified Khalil Abdullah who previously used to run drugs for Rosemond.
Several acts of violence would follow including but not limited to the shooting outside the offices of Violator Management, which was owned by 50 Cent‘s then manager Chris Lighty, the slashing of Lighty’s brother, the shooting of Tony Yayo‘s luxury Bentley automobile, the shooting of a former G-Unit road manager’s house in Staten Island, car torching and more.
During his question and answer session, Mohammed “Tef” Stewart admitted to spending many evenings with Henchman staking out 50 Cent, Tony Yayo and Chris Lighty in hopes of finding an opportune time of gunning them down.
Naturally Rosemond’s lawyer Bruce J. Maffeo drew question to each of the witnesses’ credibility citing that their testimonies were prompted by reduced sentencing. Whether his legal team is successful or not Rosemond will still serve a life sentence for separate cocaine trafficking charges. Closing arguments were expected to begin on Monday, March 3.
What do you make of all this? Is it still dangerous be next to 50 nowadays? Let us know in the comments section below.
[Spotted at The New York Times]