West Coast rapper Game has discussed his stance on his “Red Nation” music video’s ban from MTV and BET, and as well as shed light on the real issue behind the decision.
Speaking with late night talk show host George Lopez, Game said music television outlets called the clip inappropriate for children.
“I like to take a little bit of credit myself, too,” Game told George Lopez when told the MTV and BET ban helped create a strong online buzz. “They said that they had kid viewers and, you know, it was too gang affiliated but I understand. I got kids, so I didn’t argue it. I said cool and went straight to YouTube and now we’re at almost four million views.” (“Lopez Tonight”)
In early May, Game broke the news of his visual getting banned from television.
“So BET “BANNED” the #REDNation video !!!!! Said me & @liltunechi were too gang affiliated in it. Thoughts ?,” he tweeted Monday (May 9).
“This just in: the video so HARD it just got “BANNED” from MtV too ha ha ha ha….F*CK IT !!!! I’m premering it on Thursday online MYSELF !!!”
“Guess ya single gotta be called “Bubble Gum” to get love ha ha ha….#REDNation premiering on AOL, Vivo & Worldstar Thursday.#bannedFromTV”
“Who needs TV channels when you got worldwide fans on twitter @thegame”
“Who needs the they tube when you got “YOUTUBE.com” They banned “ONEBLOOD” then soon as it got over 1,000,000 views on YouTube they jumped on the sack.” (Game’s Twitter)
In early April, he discussed his music video offering up a doomsday-like setting.
“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)
Outside of the ban, Game recently revealed the release date to his long-awaited R.E.D. Album.
“#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)
The R.E.D. Album is slated to drop Tuesday, August 23rd.
Check out Game’s interview below: