The Game Saves 1 Of His Best Songs For His Last Album
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The Game has publicly stated that Born 2 Rap will be his final album. For more than 15 years, Jayceon Taylor brought mainstream attention back to the West Coast in classic form. The onetime protege of 50 Cent and Dr. Dre released The Documentary, an album that captivated audiences and stood as one of the gems in the Aftermath and G-Unit catalog. Later in his career, without the help of either mentor, Game continued to make incredible bodies of work, filled with excitement, uncompromising candor, and bygone levels of Rap album fanfare for the mid and late 2000s. More recently, as an independent artist, the Compton, California native may have made some of his finest work on an excellent two-part sequel, 2015’s The Documentary 2 and 2.5, respectively.
However, as his music career is being teased to fans (a move that Too Short, JAY-Z, Lupe Fiasco, and Master P, and others have used, and later reverted from), The Game wants to leave marks. “Stainless,” featuring longtime collaborator Anderson .Paak, does just that. At a time when The Game’s name is in gossip columns, this song is a flashy reminder that his music-making is what earned him a place in the spotlight.
The record begins in traffic, authentic to the L.A. lifestyle. In trademark fashion, The Game mentions his peers, from donning blue laces out of to Nipsey to a Death Row Records medallion, saluting Tupac. “I be out in Las Vegas / At the MGM, by the crap tables / In some MCM / And it’s Monday, I’m lookin’ like somebody’s #MCM / Ni**as better watch they b*tches, I be in DMs / Baby Lane killed Pac, ni**as killed Baby Lane / Buntry was bustin’ back, Heron died in his chain / A fatal car crash killed Fatal Hussein / R.I.P. Kadafi, riding down memory lane,” Game spits. Those lyrics recreate Tupac’s 1996 trip to Sin City, naming the long-accused (but never convicted) trigger man, Orlando Anderson. The bars also name-check two of Suge Knight’s close friends and Death Row staffers (Alton McDonald and Aaron Palmer), who each died in the bloodshed that followed in the streets of Compton into the early 2000s. Lastly, Jayceon salutes two fallen members of Tha Outlawz, both of whom were on the ’96 scene. Produced by Big Duke, a riff in the jazzy beat honors Shakur’s “Picture Me Rollin.'”
In the final verse, Game addresses Suge Knight, who is serving 28 years for the murder of Terry Carter. Acknowledging that their relationship has been spotty, the rapper says, “I talked to him the other day / He could’ve signed me before Dre, now I’m back in L.A. / Ridin’ down Sunset with my clip full / Watchin’ the sunset, ’cause this sh*t cool.” He positions himself as an MC cut from a cloth between Ice Cube and Jadakiss, and leaves the booth showing everlasting loyalty to Dr. Dre.
Born 2 Rap will release on November 29 via eOne/Prolific/5th Amendment Entertainment.
In addition to new music from The Game and Anderson .Paak, the official AFH playlist includes songs from Smoke DZA, Benny The Butcher, and Pete Rock, Gang Starr, J. Cole, DaBaby, Nas, Little Brother, Skyzoo, Elzhi, Westside Gunn, Conway The Machine, H.E.R., YBN Cordae, Big K.R.I.T., Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, Duckwrth, Joyner Lucas, André 3000, Billy Danze, Tobe Nwigwe, Aaron May, 2 Chainz, Ghostface Killah, Casey Veggies, Boogie, Erick Sermon, Eminem, EARTHGANG, Denzel Curry, GoldLink, Lute, Atmosphere, Apollo Brown & Joell Ortiz, Drake and others. Songs from Andy’s last two solo albums are also included.