West Coast rapper Game has given the details behind his recent beat feud with RZA which resulted in a cease-and-desist issued toward the emcee’s “Heartbreaker” Purp & Patron mixtape record.
According to Game, the dispute arose through a misunderstanding with RZA.
“RZA came to the studio, and he said, ‘I got a beat for you,’ ” Game explained in an interview. “I said, ‘It’s dope.’ He said, ‘It’s you. Use it for whatever.’ I thought that meant ‘use it for whatever.’ I guess when we put it out, his camp or he was upset — I don’t know why — when it came through like that. But there’s no love lost. It’s always respect for RZA. I grew up on Wu-Tang. I respect RZA most as a musician and what he’s doing in movies and commercials. It’s one love.” (MTV)
Earlier this week, RZA hit up Twitter to display his respect for Game.
“Tired, and on this twitter to respond while I am in China working. I have nothing but love for Game.,” RZA tweeted Monday (January 31). (RZA’s Twitter)
Following RZA’s tweet, a statement was released with specific details on the situation.
“This is Tam, [RZA’s] assistant. The issue boils down to we wanted to get the song on the album that was coming out for Game at the time. We went to the studio that night and Game felt the track and it was all good. The issue came about when it did not make it to the album because there was not enough time to clear the track. We spoke with Tony Martin, who informed us that the track would not be used and if it was, we would be notified. Now, that being said, they put it on a mix tape and never said anything to us; and we got an offer to have the tracked purchased by someone else. So this is not anything personal, and RZA has nothing but love for Game, but this is business and in all fairness, it would have been cool if they would have just let us know what the intent was, because we began soliciting the track for purchase and its looks like this was a double sale issue when it wasn’t.” (Statement)
Last week, Game discussed the legal action taking place on RZA’s behalf.
“I think RZA [is] tryin’ to sue about [‘Heartbreaker’] or somethin’,” confirmed Game in an interview. “That’s f*ckin’ crazy. Like, I don’t even know how RZA sues The Game.” From Game’s understanding, the song was an agreement. “He came to the studio and brought the [‘Heartbreaker’] track to me. He’s like, ‘Yo Game, this is for you. You can have that.’ Those are his words.” Game also maintains that RZA’s company on that day, Rev. Burke, was invited to rhyme on the record. “His boy spit crazy. I [rapped after] him.” (Hip Hop DX)
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