News: "I Just Might Be One Of The Last Artists That Really Cares About Hip-Hop"
Wednesday, Mar 30, 2011 11:00AM
West Coast rapper Game has dished out his thoughts on the rap game and why he may be the last of a dying breed of emcees who still maintains a strong passion for hip-hop.
From Game's perspective, too many artists have become consumed with the luxurious aspects of having a rap career.
"I just think that every now and then in hip hop, there's a dead space so we need some substance," he tells Billboard.com's The Juice. "I think that I just might be one of the last artists that really cares about hip hop and not rap, not the culture, not poppin' bottles, not the cars, chains, broads, I just actually care about nurturing and giving back to this sort of foundation on which I grew up on, which is real hip-hop." (Billboard)
The Black Wall Street leader also provided an update on his long-awaited R.E.D. Album release.
"The 'R.E.D.' album is going to remind everybody of what hip-hop is supposed to be in its prime," says Game. "The 'R.E.D.' album will be the best album this year hands down. There's nobody putting out an album this year that will even be able to compete with the skill level-- the bar is gonna be set after this album drops. I guarantee it now from start to finish." (Billboard)
Last summer, Game questioned the authenticity of rappers portraying a gangster lifestyle.
"All these people thinking they're gangsta. And after the Rick Ross song ["B.M.F."] everybody thinking they're Big Meech again, Larry Hoover," Game explained in an interview. "Nobody really should wanna be that or aspire to be that 'cause you're gonna end up in a coffin. And trust me, man, most of these rappers, outside of me, 50 [Cent], and maybe Waka Flocka and some other muthaf*ckas, ain't never felt bullets man, ain't never had a brush with really actually having your life erased. So a lot of these rappers out here playing, man; that's just not the message I'm trying to send across no more." (Complex)
Earlier this month, Game debuted his "Red Nation" album single.
Red alert! Game paints the town red with "Red Nation," the first single from his oft-delayed R.E.D. Album. The Cool & Dre-produced banger samples ZombieNation's techno hit "Kernkraft 400" and features none other than Lil Wayne. "N*ggas would trade their soul to be Drake or J. Cole/Live and die for this sh*t, word to Tupac Shakur's halo," raps the Compton MC before the recognizable chorus kicks in. (Rap-Up)
A release date for R.E.D. has not yet been announced.
Check out a recent Game interview below: