The Game Turns To Aaliyah In Search Of Answers About This Crazy World (Audio)

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No matter what your belief system or life perspective may be, things are crazy in this world, and all of us are looking for answers. While there have been several noteworthy artistic statements helping us navigate the seemingly endless waves of negativity, The Game has proven to be particularly adept at speaking about issues in ways that are nuanced, authentic and balanced. His voice was one that soared in the wakes of the deaths of Prince and Tupac’s mother, Afeni Shakur, and now he has returned with Jeremih to address the senseless violence that has dominated news cycles in 2016.

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Making potent use of an Aaliyah sample, Game wastes nary a line in “Let Me Know,” often pausing in between each bar so his words can be digested. He touches on everything from the spate of police killings of Black citizens to the terrorist tragedies in Orlando and France. He also questions the political system, wondering why it took President Obama so long to speak about the shooting death of Philando Castille, which was broadcast on Facebook Live, and calling both Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton cons. He points his finger inward too, alluding to Black on Black gang violence and condemning recent attacks on the police. All the while Game also reminds that the killings have extended far beyond this year.

Sadly, though Game raises several thought-provoking questions, he, like the rest of us, does not have the answers as to how to put an end to the madness, hence, the persistent presence of Aaliyah’s haunting cry of “let me know.”

Here are the lyrics for the song.