The Game Says Dr. Dre Has Never Produced A Song For Him
Last week, The Game appeared on Uproxx‘s Fresh Pair podcast to discuss a range of topics surrounding music and his nearly 20-year career. While the multi-platinum Compton, California promoted his new album, DRILLMATIC Heart Vs. Mind, he also opined on the five greatest Los Angeles Hip-Hop albums—with a list that is hard to argue with. However, Jayceon Taylor also pushed a narrative that he has used during 2022 in regards to his long-perceived mentor, Dr. Dre.
“Dre didn’t do any beats on The Documentary,” Game told Fresh Pair hosts Just Blaze and Katty Customs at the 21:39-mark of the interview. “But I didn’t say he didn’t oversee it. You want Dre to oversee anything because he’s a mastermind when it comes to that. But as far as doing a beat for The Documentary? No. And I’ve never had a Dre beat in my career.” The Documentary arrived in 2005 on Aftermath Entertainment/G-Unit/Interscope Records with eight songs credited to Dr. Dre, with other producers. Dre and Scott Storch were credited with lead single “West Side Story,” while Dre and Mike Elizondo were behind the next drop, “How We Do.” Both records featured Game’s then-backer 50 Cent.
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The Game says that perception was not reality. “And again, with all the influence and all the appreciation that I have for Dr. Dre, the fact is the fact,” The Game continued. “So, you know, a bunch of dope producers that Dre had under him or whoever—Scott Storch, the Just Blaze’s, the Swizz Beatz’s, the Timbaland’s—helped me put together my classic album. I physically had to get on a plane and come to Baseline [Studios] to work with you and get these things done,” he said to Just. “I did the same thing with Storch. I did the same thing with Swizz. I went to Miami to work with Timbaland, so, I can’t give Dre credit for the Just Blaze beat.”
The Game says that he lacks the attention from Andre Young that other pupils received. “It’s a Dr. Dre executive-produced album, but people just don’t understand the underlinings and how the business works. I’ve never had a song with Dre on it and Dre [appearing] in my video. [Snoop Dogg] has a ton. [Eminem] has a ton. I don’t have none.” The last comment likely applies to Dre features, and the lack of visuals for songs like “Drug Test” and “Don’t Trip.”
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The comments follow a 2022 Drink Champs appearance where The Game claimed that Kanye West had done more for his career than Dre.
“It’s crazy that Ye did more for me in the last two weeks than Dre did for me my whole career,” The Game said in a clip that was used to promote the episode. One month later, even Kanye West spoke against the point. “I don’t think Game should’ve said that,” ‘Ye reportedly said through Drink Champs co-host N.O.R.E.
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On the latest episode (#92) of the What’s The Headline podcast (embedded in video and audio below), the Ambrosia For Heads team analyzes The Game’s remarks surrounding Dre. While Andre Young’s production has long been a shared accolade with names including L.A. Dre, Colin Wolfe, Daz Dillinger, Sam Sneed, Mel-Man, Mike Elizondo, Scott Storch, Chris “The Glove” Taylor, DJ Quik, and others, his work with The Game felt significant—especially in the mid-2000s. The Game, who had struck an independent deal with San Francisco rapper JT The Bigga Figga’s Get Low Records—and released Untold Story—later exploded upon his associations with Dre, 50 Cent, and others.
Beginning with The Documentary Kanye collaborated with his fellow mid-2000s breakout. ‘Ye did a single, “Dreams,” as well as “Wouldn’t Get Far,” a year later. This year, Kanye and The Game reunited for “Eazy, a Hit-Boy-produced song that samples a song Dr. Dre made with Eazy-E.
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At a time when The Game dissed another figure from the onset of his stardom—Eminem—the Compton rapper’s motives appear curious. The artist expressed his frustration in not appearing alongside Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige, Anderson .Paak, and 50 Cent during February’s Superbowl Halftime Show in Inglewood. The Game has also recharged a beef with 50, years after the two men established more peace than they had in over a decade.
In the years after The Documentary, even while The Game left Aftermath amid his issues with 50 Cent, Dre returned to his orbit. This followed Doctor’s Advocate in 2006, an album made without Dre and Aftermath that was deliberately designed to drum controversy and earn attention. The fellow Compton native provided tracks and rhymes on mixtapes as well as albums—including 2012’s Jesus Piece and 2015’s The Documentary 2. Chuck Taylor has also never veered from hyperbole, including pump-fake retirements and an unrequited relationship with JAY-Z.
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As The Game cites Snoop and Eminem, it is argued that Dre has offered The Game considerably more than Kendrick Lamar. More, Dre was at the epicenter of Game’s introduction, especially surrounding the super-producer’s return to produce a hometown artist. While the podcast argues against The Game’s recent claims, both hosts show respect to his L.A. Rap album list—and make their own suggestions.
The time codes for episode #92 of the What’s The Headline podcast (with hyperlinks to skip around):
3:00 Coolio’s Rap legacy
9:20 Do people think of Coolio as an LA artist?
11:15 The Game names his top 5 LA Rap albums
13:20 What are the top 5 Rap albums of all-time?
29:00 How 50 Cent clowned Ja Rule for making pop records, while making pop records
32:20 The Game says Dr. Dre has never produced a song for him
39:28 Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre are releasing a new album in November
46:30 Why was there a two-year delay between the video shoot for Kendrick Lamar’s “N95” and the release of his Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers album?
49:24 Kanye West’s self-destruction should no be televised
1:05:28 The Virgil Abloh exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum is a great tribute to him
1:07:38 Roc Marciano & The Alchemist put on a show for a star-studded audience in Brooklyn
1:11:18 New music from Open Mike Eagle, Cormega, Freddie Gibbs, Kid Cudi, YG, Rome Streetz, and more
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AFH readers can catch regular discussions about the culture on our What’s The Headline. The podcast also features interviews with Rapper Big Pooh, Cormega, Meyhem Lauren & Daringer, Diamond D, Joell Ortiz, AZ, Blu & Mickey Factz, Kurupt, Evidence, Skyzoo, Pharoahe Monch, Prince Paul & Don Newkirk, Statik Selektah, Lyric Jones, The LOX, MC Eiht, Havoc, Duckwrth, photographer T. Eric Monroe, and Lord Finesse.
#BonusBeat: Selections from DRILLMATIC currently appear on the official Ambrosia For Heads playlist: