The Game Releases A Grown Man Freestyle On His 38th Birthday (Audio)

Eleven years ago, The Game scored one of the most circulated hits of his career with “It’s Okay (One Blood).” Featuring Junior Reid, the song cleared the table on a number of issues surrounding Jayceon Taylor’s mid-2000s standing. He addressed his newfound distance with mentor Dr. Dre after just one album on The Doctor’s Advocate. The rapper, who was abruptly transferred from G-Unit/Aftermath/Interscope to Geffen Records, spoke about his beef with 50 Cent too. However, Game was also adamant at ruffling JAY-Z’s feathers in the same 2006 where Hov and Dre were making Kingdom Come.

On the #1 LP’s first single, the Compton, California rapper spit “I’m the king, and Dre said the West Coast need me / I don’t know why you ni**as keep trying me / Everybody knows I’m the heir to the Aftermath dynasty / And I ain’t gotta make sh*t for the club / What DJ gonna turn down the .38 snub? / You 38 and you still rapping? Ughhh / I’m 26, ni**a, so is the dubs.” Jay was 38 at the time, and followed a line from Game’s major label debut that decried “button-up shirts and Maybachs,” during the same time he was beefing with Roc-A-Fella rappers Memphis Bleek and Young Gunz. Many speculate places that JAY-Z responded to Game, but it was never by name—as The Game continued taking shots at “the throne.”

Today (November 29), it’s Game’s 38th birthday. The veteran uses the opportunity to update his 2006 declaration. “I used to think rappin’ at 38 was ill / ‘Til I turned 38, and I’m still rappin’, still,” he begins, asserting himself as an O.G. As JAY-Z vies for “Album Of The Year” and “Best Rap Album” at the 2018 Grammy Awards (he will be 48 the night of the ceremony), Game has age on his mind. In an acapella state-of-the-union freestyle, the Black Wall Street leader praises young artists from J. Cole to 21 Savage to NBA Youngboy to Cardi B. He looks back at his younger days, and explains why, like his attitude, his tastes have changed.

The freestyles were released in several parts on Instagram, but spliced together in the track above.

This year, The Game made a memorable collaboration with another younger MC, Lil Dicky, as well as his latest dedication to Tupac and some slain Death Row Records staff members.