West Coast rapper Game has his credited former G-Unit boss 50 Cent for inspiring the name-checking new record, “Uncle Otis.”
Game compared his new record, which targets nemesis Jay-Z along with newcomers like Tyler the Creator and Kreayshawn, to 50’s historic “How To Rob”.
“Man creatively I was just having fun. I know there are disses on there but I don’t want nobody to take it personal, its just last night we was in the studio having fun and I sort of took a page out of 50’s ‘How To Rob’ and it wasn’t nothing but fun and humor and we was in the studio laughing like a motherf*cker,” Game explained in an interview. “So that’s all it is and that’s everywhere on the Internet and some people hate me ’cause of it and some people love me but that’s how it goes, that’s Game every time.” (All Hip Hop)
On 50’s 1999 record, he takes on multiple hip-hop stars with taunting bars.
“I’ll snatch Kim and tell Puff, “You want to see her again?”/Get your a** down to the nearest ATM/I have dreams of f*cking an R&B b*tch/But I wake up early and bounce with all her sh*t/When I apply pressure, son, it ain’t even funny/I’m about to stick Bobby for some of that Whitney money/Brian McKnight, I can get that n*gga anytime/Have Keith sweating staring down the barrel from my 9/Since these Harlem World n*ggas seem to all be fam/I put the gun to Cardan tell him, “Tell your man”/Mason Betha, haha, come up off that watch now” (“How To Rob”)
Despite 50’s witty playful punchlines, his track stirred controversy amongst various artists.
50 Cent said that he intended the single to be a joke, and not meant to disrespect anybody. Nevertheless, a number of rappers mentioned on the song responded on record. The comments made towards the Wu-Tang Clan were responded to on the Ghostface Killah album Supreme Clientele on a track called “Ghost Deini” and even more directly on a skit called “Clyde Smith” which included one of the Wu-Tang Clan members talking about how they intended to harm the rapper, which is identifiable as Raekwon when the track is sped up. Jay-Z also reacted to the comments in the track called “It’s Hot (Some Like It Hot),” off the album Vol. 3: Life and Times of S. Carter. (Wikipedia)
Shortly after the “Uncle Otis” release, Game reminded fans the record was more playful than serious.
“It’s poking jokes and taking shots, but that’s what I do,” Game said. “I’m just shooting in the dark, when I turn on the lights if a couple of motherf*ckers is down, I got to get up out of there. Anybody that takes it personal, they really shouldn’t but if you do, we can go there.” (XXL Mag)
Check out “Uncle Otis” below: