The Game Channels Mad Max & Shows California Love (Video)
Almost twenty-four years ago, Tupac and Dr. Dre took “California Love” to the very top of the charts. While the two men did not get to work together much after, the two music videos complemented the song’s two popular mixes. Together, this created an unforgettable moment for Rap fans. A few months later, All Eyez On Me became one of Rap’s most talked about and best-selling albums of all-time.
Somebody paying attention was The Game. In less than a decade after the Death Row Records single was released, Dre (and 50 Cent) groomed Jayceon Taylor into one of the West Coast’s new stars. Over the years, Dre provided his fellow Compton, California neighbor with some of the best beats he’s let out of the studio.
As Game embarks on what he is touting to be his final album, Born 2 Rap, he shows some West Coast love in a light similar to Dre and the late Pac. Like the first “California Love” video, this desert excursion pulls from the Mad Max franchise. On “West Side,” Game gets dramatic support from Dave East (who is playing Method Man in next month’s Wu-Tang Clan series) and Jackie Long. Notably, Dave plays The Game’s nemesis in this grand display.
In the song, Game kicks a menacing message, not unlike some of Tupac’s later work. He shouts out his neighborhood and suggests that Cali’ is still a land of opportunity for hustlers with guile and grit. Like the ’96 original, the action will continue in another visual.
In recent years, The Game has made some very potent songs that examine the life and legacy of Shakur. He and Scarface made “Last Time You Seen,” and 21 years to the day after Pac’s death, the veteran rapper dropped “Heaven 4 A Gangster.”
Recently, The Game appeared on Casey Veggies’ Organic album.