Lyrics: The Game Borrows B.I.G.'s Lyrics and Flow
Monday, Sep 1, 2008 8:00AM
In this SOHH Exclusive The Game discusses his decision to borrow a Notorious B.I.G. lyric and channel the fallen rapper in a song on his latest album, LAX.
On the eve of the release of his third album, LAX
The Game told SOHH
that he was ready to put his past beefs behind him. "I'm focused right now. I'm on another level [with] my lyrical growth and my mind is free," he says. "I got spaces in my head for other things outside of drama and bullshit."
One song on LAX where Game got to demonstrate this newfound lyrical growth is "Never Can Say Goodbye" where he raps from the perspective of 2pac, The Notorious B.I.G. and Easy E just before their respective deaths.
"I came up with it one night in the studio and I didn't know if I could pull it off," he said. "I knew I had 'Pac and the story of Easy that was sorta me being that I grew up and I come from the NWA cloth."
Channeling Brooklyn rapper the Notorious B.I.G. was a bit more difficult for the Compton emcee. "The Biggie was tough to pull off but as I rolled through the middle of the verse it started to become fun and easy," the Game admitted.
He started off his Notorious inspired verse by borrowing a popular Biggie lyric from the song "One More Chance." The Game raps, "I love it when they call me Big Poppa /I only smoke blunts if they roll propa'."
The rest of the verse features references to B.I.G. associates, Sean "Diddy" Combs, Lil' Cease and Lil' Kim. It concludes during the final moments of the rapper's life, just before he becomes the victim of a drive by shooting.
"Hop in the front seat, of that dark green Suburban/Heard another car swervin, gunshots close the curtains. Biggie!"
In the end, The Game was proud of his effort and pleased with the outcome of the song. "It made for a dope song, a dope concept," he said.