The Game Looks Back on Beefs With Jay-Z and Eminem: 'I Tend to Do That'

These days, Game says he and Jay have "respect" for each other. As for Em, Game chalks that up to his frustrations with Dre.

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The Game reflects on his past beefs with Jay-Z and Eminem in a recent interview with DJ Vlad.

As seen in the video below, Game is first asked about some choice lines on his 2004 single “Westside Story,” namely the “I don’t do button-up shirts or drive Maybachs” lyric. Game reiterated that this was not intended as a Jay diss but was instead aimed at Ja Rule. From there, Game reflected more generally on his and Jay’s past issues, stating there is mutual “respect” between them both these days.

"I think that if Jay-Z even says your name once you should feel proud, because you scratched the surface with one of the best hip-hop artists of our time," Game said when addressing Jay dissing him in a freestyle. "To this day, again, I’ve never seen Jay since the 40/40 Club, back in that day. ... I’ve never done a song with Jay and we just haven’t crossed paths again. Maybe Roc Nation brunch, maybe my invite gets lost in emails. You know what? Maybe it’s in the spam."

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Game added that he and Jay both have mutual friends, explaining that their in-song feud was not one of “malice.” Instead, Game said, he merely gets “competitive” with other artists.

“He was the top dog, and I tend to do that,” he told Vlad. “Even on my last album with, you know, throwing shots at Eminem and beefing with Eminem. It was just me being upset with Dr. Dre.”

Per Game, Dre “can’t out-rap me,” so he chose to direct his frustrations at Eminem.

The conversation was then steered back to the topic of Jay-Z, with Vlad pointing out Game’s “My Bitch” disses.

“I get real disrespectful when I’m beefing, man,” Game said when looking back on the track. “Jay took all that shit to heart and I don’t know if he’s forgiven it. At this point, it’s been a long time.”

Game then detailed how he sees his and Jay’s individual trajectories, making a point to highlight their astrological similarities.

“We both Sagittarius, we both great rappers,” Game said. “Obviously, for accolades wise and as far as his career has been , he’s gonna be highly touted. But as far as skillset, HOV is not confused on what I can do.”

See more above. Game also touches on his exit from Aftermath to sign with Geffen/A&M, a move he attributes in retrospect to "some Jimmy Iovine bullshit."

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