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interview GAME (November 2009) | Interview By: Jose Ho-Guanipa

  When it comes to mainstream West Coast hip-hop in the last 5 or so years, Game is the number one representative for the West Coast. As part of Dubcnn I was privileged to sit in on a studio session with Game and Pharrell as they worked on Game's RED Album, scheduled to drop in February of 2010. Game also talked to us about his changed outlook, The Black Wall Street and label boss Jimmy Iovine.





As ever, you can read this exclusive interview below and we urge you to leave feedback on our forums or email them to jose@dubcnn.com.

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Interview was conducted in November 2009
 
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Game - Crazy Feat. Gucci Mane and Timbaland (Prod. by Timbaland)
Game - Big Money (Prod. by Cool & Dre)

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Dubcnn: Itís Jose with Dubcnn Iím here with Game. Whatís up Game?

Game: Whatís up homes?

Dubcnn: First off itís a pleasure to be here with Game. We were just in the new studio and we got to listen to it and itís crazy. Tell us about your new album and how everythingís going with it.

Game: My new album, Iím sort of like Dre with Detox. I keep everything quiet, yíall two was kind of privy, Iím pretty sure it was a treat for yíall. Albumís crazy though itís called The RED Album, rededicated, REDicated to my fans. My hood, my block, my family, my craft, which is hip-hop. Itís my reincarnation into what I really came to do in music. Ainít really focused on no beefs on this album, ainít up against the wall. I can really create. Pharrell is executive producing the album, Dre, Iím back working with Dre, helping him with Detox, heís helping me with The RED album. Itís just a good vibe, a good feel. The albumís gonna be incredible so when it come out on February 16th, you already know what it is, itís gonna be locked in, RED.

Dubcnn: The track are definitely hot. Speaking of Dre. When everyone saw that picture of you him and Snoop in the studio everyone got pretty excited. How did you get hooked up back with Dre?

Game: Dre called me, he had Brandon from Aftermath call me and was like, ďYo Dre want you in the studio.Ē And I always told Dre, ďWhenever you need me holla and Iíll be there 30 minutes or less like Dominoes pizza.Ē Brandon told me Dre wanted me to come down and help him write some songs for Detox. I shot down there and we started gettiní it in. When I got there Snoop was there we chilled, we smoked a couple of blunts, and Dre was like, ďYo, yíall wanna take a picture?Ē Me and Snoop was like lookiní at each other like, ďWe wití it.Ē Took a picture, blasted it off my twitter page and that was that.

Dubcnn: I think that pictureís gonna be classic when people look back on it. Itís definitely a definition of the West Coast, especially now. Speaking of West Coast projects, you were talking about doing a Diary of Compton, a DOC album. Have you talked to the other guys about doing that?

Game: I havenít been privy to meet MC Ren, met King T, cool with him, Ice Cube is the big homie, Dr. Dre is a father figure or a big brother to me in hip-hop, me and Snoop ride or die for each other in music and in the street, thatís like my big brother and he hold me down. To put it together it ainít nothing, but itís gonna take everyone, The Dogg Pound, Daz, Kurupt. Everybody to come together and really help me perfect that album, Iím not gonna do it halfway. I gotta have 100% of the definition of what Compton is to the artists involved and myself and what people see from the outside looking in. I want to depict Compton is a way thatís so real that youíre from Compton if youíre not. You feel like youíve seen and youíve been through what Iíve been through in my life. Thatís on hold and hopefully it can be my fifth album, whichíll be my last album on Interscope/Geffen.

Dubcnn: You just got out of a session with Pharrell, and you havenít worked with him that much before. Whatís the vibe like in the studio when youíre working together?

Game: Yo Pharrell is my new favorite producer. I got a whole new respect for Pharrell and the Neptunes but especially Pharrell and how he do his thing. The way he coach me when Iím in the booth, itís like a Pat Riley to a Tim Hardaway or to a Magic Johnson. The way he let me run point guard when Iím in that booth, itís crazy. The Neptunes, people donít really understand what the Neptunes are, but if you take away the Neptunes from hip-hop you take away the color from hip hop, you take way these new kids thatís jerkiní, you take away Jay-Zís ďChange ClothesĒ. The Neptunes brought a whole new sound a whole new aura to hip hop and it manifested and turned into something that nobody thought would be as big as it is. Iím excited about being in with Pharrell, heís my new favorite producer and weíve established this friendship, this bond that goes beyond the music. Me and Pharrell we did four records yesterday and three records today. We recordiní man. I asked Pharrell if he would executive produce the album and he said ďHell yeahĒ. Same thing I asked Dre if he would help me complete The Red Album and mix a couple songs and he said yeah. So with Dre and Pharrell, and my lyricism, itís just crazy.

Dubcnn: You also linked with DJ Premiere on this album.

Game: Nah, I ainít get with Premiere, Iím supposed to be gettiní with Premiere before Christmas, I hope that happens. Premiere is one of my favorite classic OG producers thatís still potent in hip-hop today. I just canít wait to get in with Premiere because I think we can make some classics.

Dubcnn: Letís talk about Black Wall Street. Are there any of them youíd ever consider pushing and trying to get them on a major platform?

Game: All my guys, XO, Juice, Menace, Clyde Carson, Goon, they all do their thing. Black Wall Street is really like a family; they put their work in on the streets. Once the streets talk back, theyíll tell you whoís hot, kinda like how Drake came up. When the streets start talking about one of my artists Iímma jump behind Ďem and give Ďem 100%. But everybody gotta go through the trials and tribulation of being a new artist and that grind. And if you donít go through the grind then how will you respect the grind once you on. Everybody gotta go through that. Thereís gonna be some turmoils some hardships but the ones that endure are the biggest artists.

Dubcnn: As a West coast artist, as one of the few people able to take West Coast to a worldwide level especially recently, what do you think the West Coast needs to do to stay relevant in hip-hop?

Game: More unity, less hate. Thatís it.

Dubcnn: You talked about how you were thinking about retirement. Howís that looking, are you thinking about that?

Game: Right now Iím just doing me. I just love to do music and the people I work with theyíre friends more than they are just producers and artists. Iím just gonna rock out in hip-hop as long as hip-hop is standing to have me. Iímma do what I can to contribute to the legacy of good music.

Dubcnn: So if you ever did see a day where you retired, what would a day in the life of Game be like?

Game: Iíd be a father and a husband. I love being with my kids, I love being with my girl. I love the family aura, thatís what Iím about. Thatís what I want to do after hip-hop. I wanna be so caked up that I donít have to worry about doing nothing else but being with my family and having fun.

Dubcnn: When everythingís said and done and you want people to look at you 100 years from know what do you want them to think? Whatís your legacy?

Game: My legacy is 100% real. Thatís it. Kept it real from the beginning to the end, didnít hold his tongue for nobody, he said what he wanted to say, he voiced his opinions in situations where he felt it was needed. He was a man, a manís man, he was a father, he was a husband, and he was a good nigga, to his niggas. But he was from Compton.

Dubcnn: Tell us about the label situation, you went to Geffen, now youíre back on Interscope.

Game: Geffen and Interscope is the same thing, thatís what people donít understand. Itís the same people, Jimmy Iovine run it all, David Geffen, the step Johnsons, the Tubbies, the Garnetts, everybodyís the same, Geffen and Interscope is like jelly and jelly.

Dubcnn: Talking about Jimmy, he called 50, you and Dre the black Beatles. What do you think about that comparison?

Game: I think that at the time when we were doing our thing we were like the Beatles. Jimmy always liked to say that, ďWhyíd you guys have to break up the Beatles? I have to get the Beatles back together. Game youíre John Lennon, 50ís Paul McCartney. You just fuckiní canít get it rightĒ. But me I donít hold no grudges, if dude wanna make some music tomorrow, then we can talk about it. I donít really hate 50, itís all music. One of the things about me and him, I had to survive and at the time, he was so powerful, I felt like he was trying to do the same thing with me he did to Murder Inc. and I just couldnít let that happen Ďcause Iím a soldier, Iím a warrior and Iímma fight to the death to stay alive to make sure my kids have money and college funds to make sure theyíre able to live in whatever economic conditions. I had my back against the wall, I came out swinging. I did what any man would do. I fought for my own existence, I fought G Unit, I fought my own label and I came out victorious. Iím still on Interscope and last year I sold the most records in the building, all music genres. And in 2010 I plan to do the same thing. Iímma just keep rolliní, my label behind me, my familyís behind me, Pharrell is behind me, Dreís behind me, the 50 nonsense is behind me. Everything is behind me and Iím headed straight that way.

Dubcnn: What can you tell us about the album. What are the surprises, what are they gonna get, what should they expect?

Game: You get what you pay for, thatís all I can tell you. February 16th, The Red Album in stores.

 

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Related Media & Links
Game - Crazy Feat. Gucci Mane and Timbaland (Prod. by Timbaland)
Game - Big Money (Prod. by Cool & Dre)

..........................................................................................
Game // Video Interview // Dubcnn

Download The Video Interview Windows Media
Download The Dubcnn Drop Windows Media

Press Play to stream footage (Fast Connections Recommended)

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