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Thursday, 01 September 2011 00:00

Game

Written by Kristie Bertucci
What you see is what you get fits Game perfectly. There's no faking anything in his life and he openly admits it. "It might be stubborn, but I do me and live by my own ledger," he asserts. "I think that's what made me who I am, man."

Dying his hair red a day before shooting his "Red Nation" video with Weezy produced by Cool & Dre, the first single from of his forthcoming R.E.D. album dropping in August, Game doesn't give a "f*ck" if the people are going to like it or not.

"I've been known to do crazy stuff," he says. "I'm gonna rock it, period. F*ck it if you don't think it's cool. I'm not a leader of a movement; just a guy that provides a way for people around me. Whether they want to follow, it's fine; if not, I'm going my way and that's all…" While he might sound like a hardass, he continues with an inspirational message: "Everywhere I go, whomever's hands I shake or talk to, take something away from being around me, whether it's a smile or a bit of wisdom."

"That sh*t is the hottest sh*t out and everyone was getting it, so I did, too,"Following the whole red theme, Game also added a bit of color to his Porsche Panamera with some red hot 24-inch wheels and custom interior red stitching. While his Benz may be his everyday driver, the Panamera is his weekend toy. "That sh*t is the hottest sh*t out and everyone was getting it, so I did, too," he says. "I've had a Lambo, Bentley, everything and the Panamera is just a better overall car. It's the first car I've been able to put some 24s without having them rub. It handles like Mo'Nique before she lost all the weight...you can really grab hold of it and just go."

Game is Game, there's no denying it, but for his upcoming R.E.D. album, he's definitely matured and grown not only as an artist, but also as a man. Throughout the interview, he spoke often of his home life, mentioning his family and kids as his inspiration for working hard, staying focused and whom he spends all of his free time with. It shows that while he may forever be that hardcore gangster at heart who we all fell in love with after his debut album, The Documentary, his priorities have shifted and his goals are directed at obtaining only the best for his family and immediate friends.

"Right now, I'm just grinding—and I'm not doing it for me, I'm doing it for my family," Game confesses. "I'm just here to see my three kids grow up to be somebody. I just want to see grandkids and I'm good; I can retire from Earth after. I'm gonna be a G'd up granddaddy, too. My generation of grandparents are gonna be all tatt'ed up and we all gonna be the coolest grandparents ever. I'll probably be chillin' on the porch with Snoop, snapping dominoes. He'll have the grey ponytail I got the grey Mohawk, with grandkids on knees."

However, don't think he's gone all soft on us now. As it turns out, the "Red Nation" video was actually banned from MTV and BET networks for being too "gang affiliated" for younger audiences. Did that stop him from still promoting it? Hell no! Instead, he went straight to YouTube and got 5 million views during the first two weeks. "They may have banned it, but it still blew up on the Internet," he says. "I didn't fight it. I have kids and understand why the networks didn't want to show it."

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While the video might portray him advocating gang lifestyle, it's really the opposite. Growing up, he lost a lot of friends to gang violence, even two brothers, and was shot himself. More about trying to now right his wrongs via his music, Game only embraces his gang-affiliated past to the extent of how it's allowed him to become the man he is now and the rapper whose music we all appreciate.

"I have kids now," Game affirms. "I don't' preach that [gang lifestyle] in music; I just talk about my life experiences and keep fans listening. I flow with as much positivity as I can. I want to shed light on better things so fans can uplift themselves, which is why I always try speaking positively. That 'keep your head up' music. Tupac started that with first with his songs like 'Brenda's Got a Baby' and 'Keep Ya Head Up.' I've always wanted to be that type of rapper. Not the socially conscious ones, but I do kick wisdom into my flows."

"Album is crazy, man! Pharrell is an executive producer, Dr. Dre had a lot of influence on it and is a producer, too; got a song with him rapping on it. I got a lot of people on the R.E.D. album…it's crazy! It's gonna be the album of the year I feel like, man."As far as the R.E.D. album, Game had some heavy hitters in the studio helping him create his next musical vision. "Album is crazy, man! Pharrell is an executive producer, Dr. Dre had a lot of influence on it and is a producer, too; got a song with him rapping on it. I got a lot of people on the R.E.D. album…it's crazy! It's gonna be the album of the year I feel like, man."

Working with Dre again was like a dream come true, mentions Game. "It felt like the first time when I got signed by Dre. It all happened really naturally. He just called me on the phone and was like, 'Let's work together.' I was down so now he's on my album and I'm helping him finish up Detox. That's how it all went down."

With a creative process that consists of Game locking himself inside the studio, his inspiration had to come deep within. "Not only did I look toward my family, but I had to dig deep inside my mind, heart and soul to pull from my troubled and violent past experiences that almost killed me to provide organic and natural flow to my craft."

But in the end, all the fame, music and money isn't what Game's after. "People might think its about money…it's just about life. While I'm here, I want to make the best of it and do the things I want to do and say the things I want to say and raise my kids the right way to see them grow up and have grandchildren."

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