Right now you sound so excited about the music you're making, but just the other day, I was watching the video where you were crying because you were upset about the state of hip-hop. Then you were talking about retiring after L.A.X. Obviously, you put out The R.E.D. Album last year, so that didn’t happen. How did you go from being over rap to feeling so rejuvenated?
A whole bunch of things happened in the last 12 months in my life. Number one, my manager and one of my best friends, Jimmy Henchman, went down in a court battle and he lost that. That kind of killed me for a minute. I was down. I wasn’t really recording then.
Then, all of a sudden, I got with my homie Stat Quo and Cool & Dre. They just moved out here, basically. They came to my crib. It was like some old school hip-hop shit. Came to my crib and was like, "Yo, I’m going to Interscope." My budget wasn’t even open. We did a couple shows. I took like $200,000 and I bought my own studio with top of the line everything. Had the guitars, pianos, everything. I did that.
It was off the inspiration of Dre coming to my crib. Cool & Dre, Dre. Just like, "Man, we gotta make music. Dog, you are one of the dopest niggas in the world and you just sitting here playing Madden in this big ass mansion." So we started. Once we started it just got so cool and so fun. It made me feel like I was working on The Documentary. I'm so anxious for everybody to hear this record. I’m excited. It’s my music.
This is the only album in my career that I'm excited about people hearing.
This is the only album in my career that I'm excited about people hearing. The Documentary, I was just like happy to be on. I was just happy to be a rapper. It was cool. It was fun, but I was young. I was still shooting, fighting, robbing shit. I was still selling drugs. When The Documentary album dropped, dog, I was still selling crack on my same block in my same crib, dude. I was young and dumb.
Doctor’s Advocate, I was mad at Dre, 50, Interscope. L.A.X., I was kind of lost, but my fans were pleased. R.E.D. was, "I’m still here and it's fourth album." But this album right here is me. This album defines me. If I had a choice, I would say fuck L.A.X. and R.E.D. because I was kind of lost in trying to re-find the love for hip-hop. I would just have three albums. It would be Documentary, Doctor’s Advocate, and Jesus Piece. Jesus Piece is just the music, the features, the producers, the artists. This shit is all so cool. I can’t wait for people to hear the album. “Celebration” is doing so well on radio and the Internet that I can’t even put out my second fucking single, which is crazy.
That’s going to be the street record, right?
Yeah, it’s coming. The crazy thing about the second record is I'ma throw it out and I'ma put the video out. You're not going to be able to get the audio for weeks. I'ma throw it up on WorldStar and BET or YouTube or Vevo or whoever want it first and want to premiere it and get them hits. But the video is going to be crazy. I promise a million views in one day. Guaranteed.
What's the song and who’s on it?
The song is “I Don’t Remember.” It leaked on Tyga’s mixtape which is all good because that’s my homie and he did a version. But the real song is me, Jeezy, and Future. It’s crazy. Like, crazy.
Are you very critical of your previous work? Do you care about when people have negative things to say or is it like, "I'm still rich, I’m still in my mansion"?
I’m the type of nigga if you give me a one-bedroom apartment—matter fact, two bedrooms, at least a room for my kids. Give me a two-bedroom apartment and some fucking Internet and maybe one couch and I’m straight. Fuck this mansion. Fuck these cars. I would jump back in a Cutlass tomorrow, man. I don’t care about this materialistic shit. You can’t fit none of this in a casket.
But I don’t think there’s ever a point in my career where I fell off. All my albums are No. 1 albums. I’m just saying, I strive for perfection. I felt like The Documentary was perfect, I felt like Doctor’s Advocate was perfect, and I feel like Jesus Piece is perfect. I just didn’t feel like L.A.X. and R.E.D. were perfect albums by my standards. I got fans out there that will fucking kill you if you say Doctor’s Advocate is better than the R.E.D.album. But that’s just them.
Fuck this mansion. Fuck these cars. I would jump back in a Cutlass tomorrow, man. I don’t care about this materialistic shit. You can’t fit none of this in a casket.
We can’t go into everybody’s Dre Beats and talk to them one-by-one and influence them differently. But I don’t think there’s a point where I ever fell off. That’s why I'm still here and I'm having fun. If you think about man, I haven’t been associated with any clique or anything to keep me going or give me that push since the first album. I’ve been solo, doing shit by myself for four albums, bro and I'm still here. Everybody else that is doing shit is tied into a clique or a crew. It’s just Game out here and I'm getting this shit done.
Why do you think Life Is Good is so great. What's your review on that?
Number one, I got a daughter. Nas’ “Daughters” was a leak off the album that caught me early on. "Oh, Nas. He’s back on his Nas shit." His real Nasty Nas shit. You know, talking to his daughter and then talking to her boyfriend. It’s just that conceptual shit. When I heard “Daughters,” I felt the same respect that I felt when I had first heard “Rewind.” Of course, it’s nothing like “Rewind” but it made me feel that Nas was on his shit when I heard “Daughters.”
Then I heard another leaked track and it was “Accident Murderers.” I was like, "Damn, how genius is that for him to say niggas is accident murderers." You don’t really want to kill nobody, but everybody out here saying they killing, they shooting. That concept was dope and putting Ross on it was like Nas showing homage to the nigga doing it now like B.I.G. was doing it. Ross—no matter what you say—Ross is the big, black, fat nigga that’s getting it in and he’s reminiscent to Biggie. He’s wearing that fly shit and doing that. I thought that was dope.
Sitting on front of the album cover with Kelis’ wedding dress. We all know Nas and his album covers be on some other shit, but that just took the cake, man. That shit was ill. And just the title. After all of that. Going through a divorce and exposing that to the world. Then sitting on the couch with the wedding dress and with his lap with no woman in it is just ill in itself. So before I heard anything else, I was like, "Oh, this shit gotta be ill." He's on his Nas shit.
Then when Nas was in L.A., I kicked it with him for about a day. We chopped it up. He let me know where his mind is. When I heard the album—as a friend and a fan—I was taken back. It’s lyrically insane. It’s dope. It’s the Nas of the old and I think it’s a good listen for everybody. Especially, if you appreciate true hip-hop.
What’s your relationship with Dr. Dre these days?
Me and Dre, we good. Last time I seen Dre, we good. We always said this thing with each other like, "Don’t worry what you hear about me." Me saying that to him and him saying that to me. We were basically saying that we're always going to be good the last time we talked. The last time I talked with Dre, we was good.
I haven’t talked to him for over a year. I’ve been doing my family shit and been doing me and he’s been doing him. Of course, he’s good. He’s got the Beats. Me, I got my fans and my heart and love for this music, so me and Dre 100, man.
L.A. hip-hop is having a huge moment. Everyone is talking about Kendrick Lamar right now.
Kendrick came a long way. I watched him from the beginning all the way to now. I helped him get into that Dr. Dre school. I remember talking to K. Dot in my crib and telling him, "They're not going to recognize you. They're going to be like, 'What is a K.Dot?’" I told him to change his name to Kendrick Lamar. The best thing I've ever told him, he did. He listened. He’s always been a student of hip-hop as well a good listener and a dope lyricist.
Anything he ever need from me, he’s always got it. Anything I need from him, it’s nothing. K. Dot will turn around a verse in hours, no matter where he is on the Earth, for me. That’s my little homie. I love him. Not to say that anybody is going to diss him or speak bad on him, but if you ever do—number one, he's gonna lyrically annihilate your ass. Number two—I'm not even having that, man. Nothing but love for him and all the success in the world for my dude.
I feel like if there had to be a Nas and a Jay on the West Coast. Then I would be the Jay and Kendrick would be the Nas.
I feel like if there had to be a Nas and a Jay on the West Coast. Then I would be the Jay and Kendrick would be the Nas. That’s just how it goes. That’s how I looked at in my eyes. Without the beef or differences, of course. But K. Dot is doing his thing.
Odd Future, man. Their wave of skateboards and crazy fucks Tyler and Taco and all those young guys. Frank Ocean, man. Salute Frank Ocean for coming out and saying he is who he is. I think it takes a real man to do that, no matter what people say or how they feel about gay people. I’ve never been a gay basher or anybody against gays. I feel like people can live free and do whatever they want, so much love to him.
Nipsey is still out here doing his thing, and everybody else. We got a good thing.
Tyga was someone who people looked at like he was a lame. Now, he’s that dude.
If you had to put him in a category as far as being flashy and his club presence and his feature presence, I feel like Tyga is our West Coast Fabolous. Everybody is falling in their lanes. Dom Kennedy is on his way up. I appreciate it. Crooked I and Slaughterhouse. They just put out their album. Everybody is doing their thing. Los Angeles. We on the rise again.
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