West Coast rapper Game has elaborated on his “Red Nation” references to Drake and J. Cole by relating it to the recent flood of rap newcomers infiltrating the hip-hop game.
In Game’s eyes, today’s hip-hop game is filled with a widespread amount of one-hit wonders.
“These days man, Drake and J. Cole are kind of like the newest artists that got praise and are on their way to the top,” Game explained in an interview. “I just feel like everybody these days, with Twitter and with how easy it is to just make yourself a rapper, I’m just saying some of these cats would trade their soul for the limelight. That’s what everybody’s doing. It just seems like regular people are just starting to pick up the mic and writing. I come from an era when you could count all the rappers on two hands. These days, it’s a million. So it’s a good thing that hip-hop is providing a way for everybody to kind of make money and be themselves and collaborate in the culture. But in another way, we get dizzy with all these new one-hit wonders and of course the radio is all colorful. It’s crazy man, so maybe one day we’ll get back to what hip-hop’s supposed to be or maybe we won’t. But I know I’ma blend in either way, I’m a chameleon.” (Rap-Up TV)
Game dropped his R.E.D. Album single late last month.
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)
He has also put together a music video with an apocalyptic theme.
“We shot this real rebel scene. I was over there in a bunch of dirt with rocks, and behind the gate were a bunch of guys I couldn’t see, looking all menacing and scary and [with] bats and sticks and poles,” Game told MTV News on the set. “And that was kinda crazy, man. I was in sort of like an army fatigue thing, doing my thing. But it was fun, man, the first shot — had a lot of fun, got real sweaty ’cause I was jumping around, man. A lotta dust and smoke — it was crazy, man.” (MTV)
Recently, Game talked about the lack of true hip-hop artists in the rap game.
“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)
Check out Game’s interview below: