I just went with it and made it everything that it is.
Sometimes rappers feel like they’ve said everything
they have to say and they’re drying out....
Pharrell is your one-stop shop for
a classic Hip Hop song. He’s dope,
and I appreciate him.
Ha, ha! I could go for another thirty years. I’m never
gonna run outta shit to say. How could a rapper say
that? You can’t run outta stuff to say. A lotta people
have run outta stuff to say and they’re only talking
about the same shit—cars, bitches, chains and
alcohol. Fuck that! I ain’t into Rap like that. I’m into
real life, real situations that everybody can relate
to. Fuck cars, fuck chains and fuck bitches, man!
Is this the first time you worked
Rap lyrics have become really redundant.
Right and I’m not with that. I’m gonna keep my
shit real. I’m a real dude. I’m with real people
and I go through real situations. So do everybody
else, so that’s how it should stay. Rap should stay
real. When you’re doing a recording do you write
I stopped writing two albums ago. I just go in the
booth and start puttin it together.
Yeah, on “The R.E.D. Album”. I
wanted to work with Pharrell.
We had a conversation for like
an hour and after that we started
working. Once we started workin
we figured out that we work pretty
good together, so we just kept
on going. Now we created like
a brotherhood, that’s my brother.
I would do anything for Pharrell.
When you look at your second,
third and forth albums do you feel
like you’ve changed drastically
from one to the next?
When you perform do you have to learn the words?
I always forget the words, but I’m so real that I just
fuckin don’t care. I stop it, I stop the beat and go
to the next song. My fans don’t care. I’m just so
real. All I can do is be real. I just tell them I forgot
the words for the song and they’re cool with that.
You sound really excited about this new album.
When it comes to my albums it never fails. I’ve got
three platinum albums, this is about to be number
four. “R.E.D.” is highly anticipated. Dr. Dre is on
the album. Pharrell executive produced the album
with Mars. We locked it down. Got a lotta dope
producers, a lotta dope artists, and you know Game
gonna do his thang every time. We got crazy beats,
and we gonna be rockin it.
Of course, I’m always moving in
a different direction, but I never
forget where I come from. I don’t
change my foundation. But, like I
said, I’m a veteran and now my
pen game is on point and I’m at the
peak of my career as far as writing
music. I think a lotta people are
gonna be surprised when they
hear “The R.E.D. Album”.
Who did the production on the “R.E.D. Album”?
You got Dr. Dre, you got Pharrell, you got Mars, you
got Cool & Dre, DJ Premiere, Hit Boy, Neptune’s, a
lotta dope producers on there.
Each album you’ve made represented a certain period
of your life and a different side of The Game. What
state of mind were you in while making this album?
It’s called “R.E.D.” for a reason. First it’s Redemption
cause I’m in a point in my career where I feel It’s
either now or never. Also R.E.D. is short for “
re-dedicate”. I’m re-dedicated to my fans, my family,
my craft which is Hip Hop. I’m just takin it real
serious right now. The Game you’re gonna get with
this album is a seasoned veteran, a legend, mixed
with Hurricane Game, the monster that I was when
it all started off in the beginning.
“AAAAGH! I’M DYING, I’M DYIN!” THAT’S ONE INCIDENT. I’LL TELL YOU ANOTHER ONE:
Even though you’re originally from
LA, when you started your Rap
career you were in the Bay Area.
I started off in the Bay. I was runnin
around with Fat Rat, JT The Bigga
Figga, Sean T, Double D (rest in
peace), Telly Mac, a buncha cats
from Fillmore all the way down to
San Leandro all the way down to
Sac. I came to the Bay and that’s
where I got the grind from, that
independent hustle. I’m forever
indebted to Frisco, Fillmore, and
Oakland, the surrounding areas.
I’m thankful to the whole Bay
for lookin out for me at that early
stage of my career.
You have worked with some of the most interesting
producers over the years. What kind of memories
do you have of working with different producers?
My favorite producer to work with is Pharrell,
man. When you go in there with Pharrell you can
accomplish anything. He already has the concept
and it’s easy when you’ve got the concept to the
song. Then I know exactly what to write about.
And Pharrell damn near almost has the hook too.
How long were you in the Bay?
I was there for like a year, just
soaking up and learning the culture.
What made you decide to move
here? Did you know people here?
Basically I met Fat Rat and he told
me to come out to the Bay.
What was it like for you when you
were growing up?
I grew up on the Westside of
Compton in California. I went to
David Junior High School. For high
school I went to Dominion High
School, Compton High School and
THIRTEEN AND NINETEEN.
THEY WAS MURDERED. BEFORE MY BROTHER DEVON
WAS KILLED I THINK THAT
I WAS A PRETTY STANDUP
KID. I WAS REAL HAPPY AND
HAVING A LOTTA FUN IN LIFE.
AFTER THAT I KINDA GOT A
SORE SPOT ABOUT ME. I RE-THE STREETS AT THAT POINT.
ALLY STARTED TO GET INTO
I STARTED TO SELL DRUGS
AND MAKE DRUGS. GETTING
INTO SHIT WITH SOME OF
MY FRIENDS. SOMETIMES
COMPTON SWALLOWS YOU
WHOLE, ESPECIALLY WHEN
YOU DON’T HAVE NOBODY
TAKING CARE IN THE HOME
ON AN EVERYDAY BASIS.