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Why Hip-Hop Needs Artists Like The Game

Submitted by on August 23, 2011 – 9:06 amNo Comment
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The Game, known hilariously as “Bipolar Bear” across the Internets, drops his long-awaited fourth set The R.E.D. Album today. A solid collection of music that so far appears to be getting more positive than negative reviews, the three-years-in-the-making album was promoted heavily by the rapper over the past month during a whirlwind press tour. While many interviews were entertaining (his Power 105 one, where super-bold hosts Charlamagne Tha God and Angela Yee were unusually behaved and towed the line, is a particular stand-out) a recent phone chat with notable scribe Andrew “Noz” Nosnitsky (for MTV Hive) sums up everything we love about Compton’s finest.

Our favorite selection below:

MTV: I take it you’re not a fan of Lil B though, you have some lines for him on “Martians Vs. Goblins.”

The Game: Are you a fan of Lil B?

Yeah, actually I am.

Yeah well me and you beg to differ. I think Lil B sucks, personally. But that’s you, if you’re a fan … I don’t know what it is. Do you do drugs?

No. But I think he ties in with what you were saying before. To me that’s what hip-hop is, just being yourself. A strange dude is gonna make strange records.

That’s cool but it doesn’t provide for a legendary career and you definitely ain’t moving no units. But to each his own, kudos to you and Lil B.

I’m sensing some sarcasm in that statement, like you’re mocking me here.

I might be mocking you. Now you gotta make the judgment on what you want to do about it.

Come on, I know this type of confrontation is your thing but I don’t see what good getting into it over the phone is gonna do. I’m trying to have you speak your piece and promote your album.

You asking me questions that’s gonna provoke me to react the way I’m reacting so maybe change the form of the way you’re asking questions or don’t ask those types of questions at all.

Well you dissed the guy on the record we’re supposed to be talking about, I’m only—

Aye look man: Fuck you and Lil B. Eat a dick. Peace. [Hangs up]

When he asks the interviewer, “Do you do drugs?” we literally lost it. The Game’s a loose cannon but one thing’s for sure: He’s entertaining and he knows it. Unlike most artists these days, when he says he doesn’t care what people think he actually means it. No other guy has gotten away with as much s*t-talking from the beginning of his career—from big names like Jay-Z and 50 Cent to insignificant video girls—and been able to stay relevant, humorous and keep fans captivated. Thanks to the shaky atmosphere of today’s music industry, where careers are here one minute and gone the next, a good majority of acts play it too safe when it comes to what they reveal about themselves. Hate it or love it, as one of his biggest hits prescribed, hip-hop needs random, off-the-cuff artists like The Game as much as they need hip-hop.

The R.E.D. Album is in-stores today.

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