Interview: The Game
The Wrap Up caught up with multi-platinum selling artist The Game as he got ready to cause havoc in the UK for his ‘Blood Money’ tour. We had a chat with the West Coast rapper the day after his sold-out show in Shepherds Bush in London - a city he enjoys a lot.
“I just love the environment here, and of course the accent [laughs]! I’m trying to perfect my Idris Elba voice, so it’s the best place to be. We had a dope show at Shepherds Bush. When I’m here, it always feels like the crowd control me, the same way I control them.”
The Game has been in the industry for over 10 years now, with his debut album ‘The Documentary’ released back in 2003. Since then he’s released over 13 mixtapes and four more albums with fan-favourite ‘Jesus Piece’ being his latest release back in late 2012. Most artists would treat the two in a different way, but that’s not something he does. “I’ve never really felt there’s a difference between a mixtape and an album.”
From his popular single ‘Hate It Or Love It’ to his beef with former Aftermath associate 50 Cent, he’s had a lot of career highlights, but his favourite moment?
“Doing 30 shows with Snoop Dogg and not getting paid for any of them… but it’s something I will always remember and appreciate.” The ‘How the West Was One’ tour was one of the highest-grossing hip-hop tours of 2005 and is an example of how Game had reached the pinnacle of his genre within a few years of his debut.
Seeing as he was on our turf, we had to ask him whether he was a fan of any of our artists. “Definitely. I’ve always been a big fan of Dizzee Rascal, me and him came out at the same time, he’s great. I also really like Chip and of course my boy Tinie (Tempah) who is doing great things. Rita (Ora) is also good peoples and I can’t forget Ed Sheeran who is a great friend; we’ve actually been working together in Cali, so look out for that.”
A collaboration with Ed? Can’t wait for that, just like I can’t wait for The Game to come back for another tour. He embraced the locals of the cities he performed in (ask Liverpool and Manchester United fans especially) and showed us why over ten years in, he still holds high relevance in the hip-hop scene.
Words: Ra’ed Khan (@MrPoetical)
Online Edit: Maz Khan (@MazHalima)