The Game Freestyles Over Old Town Road. This Ain’t Country (Video)
The Game is officially in album mode. The veteran Compton, California MC formally announced his ninth outing, Born 2 Rap this week. What’s more, the onetime Dr. Dre protege asserts that it will be his final album in a dominant 15-year career of provocative music and actions. A press release cements the social media proclamation.
No matter how many platinum plaques, acclaimed releases, and trimmings of A-list Rap star status, Jayceon Taylor is not above a freestyle. The Prolific/5th Amendment/eOne artist hits the local L.A. Leakers platform and raps off the dome to one of 2019’s biggest tracks, Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road.” In the length display, he also tackles the Dr. Dre-produced Tupac track “Can’t C Me,” collaborator YG’s “Go Loko,” Mobb Deep’s “Quiet Storm,” Royce 5’9’s “Boom,” and more.
After running through a barrage of beats, The Game digs into the ’19 #1 record produced by YoungKio that samples Nine Inch Nails at the 7:15-mark. Whereas Lil Nas is taking his horse down to Old Town Road, The Game volunteers his Porsch’. He shouts out some famed blocks in Hub City and makes the record fit his Gangsta Rap style. The Prolific founder (his latest label venture following Black Wall Street and Blood Money) hits the pocket of the beat and looks back at his come-up since the sandbox. Rapping off the top, he switches topics seamlessly. The artist who jacked-for-beats on so many mixtapes over his career still has fun with rapping—even in a season when he vows he’s bringing his illustrious discography to a close.
In total, the freestyle runs more than nine minutes long. The Game feels as though he was “born to rap,” and shows his undying passion.
#BonusBeat: Yesterday (June 21). The Game released single, “West Side”: