This isn’t just “West Coast Rap,” this is ‘EVERYBODY RAP.’
The Game releases his ninth studio album Born 2 Rap laced in 25 tracks amid features from D Smoke, Ed Sheeran, Dom Kennedy and Nipsey Hussle to name a few and this is one truly phenomenal body of work.
This album also marks as his alleged farewell from hip-hop and, although we hope its not true, this album is an ikonic exit. If you didn’t already respect The Game as an emcee, you have to now.
The Game tells Instagram, “The REAL music will always prevail & this album will cap off an amazing run. I’m grateful for all the producers & artists who’ve helped this album become what it is & I am more excited for my fans than I am for myself. This album will go #1…… because it’s CLASSIC !!!”
It’s a classic, without question, as he pulls from reminiscent flavors like D’Angelo’s “Devil’s Pie” on his track “Carmen Electra,” or his masterful spin on Junior M.A.F.I.A’s “Get Money” on “Gold Daytona’s” or his flawless Big Pun “Still Not A Player” verse where he raps, “And I’m still not a player, but you still a hater / Elevator to the top, hah, see you later, I’m gone / New A.P., pimped out piece / In-house cheeks, Z-4 pimped out seats /Penthouse suite, lease with an option to buy…” He’s colorful in this project and scripts it intentionally so. Towards the conclusion of the album he gifts us the follow up to Nas’ “Rewind,” a bold continuation behind who is considered one of the great rappers of all time. While sure-fire authentic declarations like “Born 2 Rap” and “West Side” revel in his innate aptitude to rap, to rhyme, to meld words together over timeless production – a true artist.
Born 2 Rap is more than a tribute to the streets of Los Angeles, more than Gangster Rap booming from a ’96 Eldorado; it’s a timeless body of work that lyrically sifts through personal anecdotes, riveting revelations, outstanding production and unmatched lyricism. Through this album, the Compton ikon solidifies his high ranking in hip-hop eminence.
From his legendary 2005 debut The Documentary to this most recent work, it’s evident that The Game has spent his 15 years in “the game” wisely, perfecting his craft overtime and remaining relevant for over a decade and a half.
Hate it or love it, this may be his official departure from hip-hop but should it be?
Check it out above.