West Coast rapper Game has opened up about his delayed R.E.D. Album and why Dr. Dre‘s long-awaited Detox release is ultimately holding up the LP.
According to Game, the solo project is still awaiting Dre’s contributions.
“[The] release date [is] probably late July or early August, man. I’ll let [producer] Jimmy Iovine put that red paint on the calendar and give us a specific date,” the Game said. “All I know is that the album is almost finished. Dre is finishing up Detox and then he going to help me finish up mine. I’m like 90, 95 percent done. Just waiting on Dre to finish his project and then come on over and lend his ear and probably mix a couple of songs, especially the ones that he did, and we’re going to see it in stores.” (MTV)
The Black Wall Street leader recently cited his unreleased project as album of the year worthy.
“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)
In 2009, West Coast rapper Snoop Dogg said he reunited Game and Dre.
“Yeah, actually, we working on the Detox album right now,” Snoop revealed in a fall 2009 interview. “Actually, me and Dr. Dre and D.O.C. and Stat Quo, we in there every day trying to go hard, I came and called Game up so he could come and be a part of this particular record that Dre had that was needing his vocals and needed his assistance on. We just trying to bring it all back together again. One thing about me, I’ve always been known to bring people together to solidify relationship. It’s about what we can do, not what we did. So we doing some things to try and bring this movement back, so that’s what this picture was about. It was about symbolizing the West Coast movement…” (Big Boy’s Neighborhood)
In November 2009, Game revealed his return to working with the Doc.
“R.E.D., I’m just painting the whole world red,” Game promised in an interview with DJ Green Lantern. “It’s basically the re-dedication, it’s my most hood and street album since The Documentary so it’s basically being rededicated to my fans, my family, my kids, my block, my hood. Like, hip-hop, the R.E.D. Album is gonna be crazy. I’m back in with Dre everyday going hard in the studio doing the little stuff, working on Detox with him and he’s working on The R.E.D. Album with me. It’s just, we got a good feeling out here…I did my last two albums without Dre and even though, I just did it on my own man. When I talked to him, he [was like] I’ve been doing a good job and he took a listen and I did my thing. I learned well, my time at Aftermath was spent well, so getting back in, that old feeling came back. The chemistry is crazy, I got a lot of love for that dude and that’s why I never really disrespected him or really went at Aftermath, I only did what I had to do to survive man, but I got love for dude and we back in grindin’ man.” (That’s Hip Hop)
A R.E.D. Album release date has not yet been announced.
Check out some recent Game footage down below: