West Coast rapper Game is ready for a retail battle with Lil Wayne‘s upcoming Tha Carter IV as both projects are slated to drop at the end of August.
Despite his admiration for Weezy, Game believes his R.E.D. Album will easily mark the year’s best project.
“The R.E.D. Album, if I can say [it] – pardon Tha Carter IV; [Weezy] is my n*gga and I can’t wait to hear that, cop it and then check it, but the R.E.D. Album is gonna be album of the year,” Game said in an interview. “I gotta say it. I’ve been working on it so long, and I have anybody who’s anybody on it – major players that are contributing. Sh*t’s gonna be crazy.” (Hip Hop DX)
Although Game views Weezy as competition, he is currently considering a switch to the rapper’s Cash Money Records label home.
With only one more album left on his current deal (he’s back on Interscope after being shuffled between the ‘Scope and Geffen during his feud with 50 Cent) following The R.E.D. Album, Game said he expects to reach a new agreement with Cash Money sooner rather than later. “We been playing with the idea of going over to Cash Money or trying to marry that and Black Wall Street,” he explained. “So, we’ll figure it out before the end of the day. I definitely think that’s where I’ll probably end up. Cause they winning, they want to win and I been winning and want to continue to win.” (XXL Mag)
In June, Game revealed a few special guests slated to appear on the LP.
“The album changes, the dates change, the climate changes,Interscope changed and went in another direction for a minute and then they come back,” Game explained in an interview. “It’s just the business; sh*t gets pushed back. Either wait for it or don’t buy it. I don’t give a f*ck. I never beg anybody to buy my albums…I think the people will appreciate the collaborations. Dr. Dre is actually rapping on this album. This is the first album that I’ve ever dropped where I have Dr. Dre’s voice actually on the album. Features range from Snoop Dogg to Pharrell to Wiz [Khalifa] to Trey Songz to Chris Brown, and Drake’s on the album. I got a good cast of all-stars.” (VIBE)
Last month, Game announced the latest release date following a conversation with Interscope Records CEO Jimmy Iovine.
“#alliwantis for my fans to know that the R.E.D. album will be in-stores AUGUST 23rd !!! Thanks for the continuous love & support. #REDnation,” he tweeted Wednesday (May 17).
“Just got off a conference call with Jimmy Iovine & @interscope . Aug 23rd is the release date & it’s like a FAT GIRL….. It won’t move !” (Game’s Twitter)
Game’s R.E.D. Album is slated to drop August 23rd while Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV drops August 29th.
Check out a recent Game interview down below: