The Game’s Friends & Enemies May Change, But Wu-Tang Is Forever (Audio)

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The last couple of months have brought some seismic shifts in affiliation for The Game. August saw the Compton MC put to rest a beef with 50 Cent that had extended for more than a decade. Weeks later, after that hatchet was buried, Game raised a new one and aimed it squarely at Meek Mill. Though the two had been friendly in the past, even collaborating together on records like Game’s “Scared Now,” from the 2012 album Jesus Piece, things went very wrong when Game claimed Meek Mill was behind police allegedly investigating Game and his affiliates for a robbery of Sean Kingston that occurred in Los Angeles over the Summer. Since then, it’s been an all out war of words between Game and Meek that has drawn Kingston, Beanie Sigel and others into the mix, to varying degrees.

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One relationship that has remained a constant in Game’s career, however, is his respect and appreciation for those MCs who have come before him. Anyone familiar with his music, knows that Game liberally namechecks those who influenced him, and, though he is decidedly from the West Coast, his respect knows no geographic boundaries. His latest release is a testament to that.

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The title of “Grew Up On Wu-Tang” says it all. The song, which will be featured on Game’s forthcoming 1992 album, kicks off with a prominent sample of Raekwon’s verse about how he grew up, on Wu-Tang Clan’s “C.R.E.A.M.” From there, Game transports back to his days of growing up, recalling his junior prom, stints in jail and, throughout it all, his love for Wu-Tang Clan.

What makes the record particularly notable is that Game took a liking to the music at a time when Rap was still fairly separated, by region. Even though Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) was released in 1993, before the Bad Boy/Death Row beef divided the coasts, lines had already been drawn in the sand, by the likes of Tim Dog, Snoop and Tha Dogg Pound. As Game has shown time and again, however, he has never been one to conform.