Game Shows Sometimes Less Is More As He Rides Solo On A Beautiful Piano-Driven Track (Audio)
Once Game signed to G-Unit/Aftermath in the mid-2000s, he had access to the best producers in Hip-Hop. From Dr. Dre to Timbaland, Just Blaze to Buckwild, Jayceon Taylor had a wish-list of not only producers, but some of the best beats ever made from each. In the next decade, he would work with DJ Premier, Swizz Beatz, DJ Toomp, Kanye West, DJ Quik, and a host of others.
In 2016, Game takes it completely in the other direction. With no drums, no bass, and no special effects, Game partners only with a lounge-like piano on “Ride Solo.” The song is introspective Gangsta Rap as the Blood Money founder gathers his thoughts maneuvering the streets of Los Angeles on the late-night tip. Heads can hear tinges of Tupac (“Starin’ At The World Through My Rearview”) in this reflective record. Like ‘Pac said on “Until The End Of Time,” Game enjoys those Impala solo missions through the middle of the night. This is when he can spot the snakes in the grass of his own life, and reflect on improving through mistakes he has witnessed.