Game Talks "Pot of Gold", Favorite Flicks, "The R.E.D. Album", Growing Up, and More
Thu, 04 Aug 2011 15:06:29
"Every day you crank 'Pot of Gold', you're going to have a good day," chuckles Game of his latest single The R.E.D. Album due out August 23.
He's not kidding either. "Pot of Gold" bubbles over with a fiery flare that sees Game and Chris Brown creating a new anthem that's as honest as it is hypnotic. With the brilliantly bruising "Red Nation" and the barrage of impenetrable rhymes on The R.E.D. Album, Game solidifies himself as the modern king of West Coast hip-hop once more.
However, branching into new genres, he's pushing the boundaries even further and carving out a presence in history as a truly diverse, daring, and driven artist. You'll have a blast while listening to "Pot of Gold" and everything else he has in store as well...
Game sat down for an exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor and Dolor author Rick Florino about "Pot of Gold, The R.E.D. Album, favorite movies, growing up, and so much more…
Do you feel like you've reached a new level with The R.E.D. Album?
You know what? This album is nothing short of incredible. I'm going to just say this right now. The thing about this album that differentiates it from every other album is I've had three years to get this fucking shit right. With the delays, everybody is mad like, "Awe, The R.E.D. Album's been delayed!" I was mad at first too, but I wouldn't have songs with Tyler, the Creator and "Red Nation" wouldn't have happened if it wasn't delayed. I'm glad that happened. This album is definitely a step up from anything that I've ever done including The Documentary. I know it's going to be hard to knock that one down or defeat it, but I think if people really open their minds and take the chance to compare the records, The R.E.D. Album is going to win.
Did you have one vision for The R.E.D. Album from the beginning?
Everything came together song by song. The album is going to play out like an audio version of a screenplay. It's narrated by Dr. Dre, and most of the songs are married to each other, meaning that the CD will play all the way through without interruption. You won't have any odd moments. That's similar to The Documentary, except The Documentary wasn't put together in this movie format. I can't do anything but champion myself and the work I've done with the producers on this album from Dr. Dre and Pharrell Williams to Cool & Dre, Hit-Boy and Boy Wonder. They all came through and did a wonderful job. I've got anybody who's anybody on the album from Drake and Lil Wayne to Rick Ross. I'm engulfed in superstars, and the music is there. It's just crazy.
Is it important for you to tell stories in your songs? Did the MCs you grew up on stress that?
I think amongst the likes of Biggie, Tupac Shakur, Nas, and Ice Cube. That's where I probably inherited making my music visual. That's who deserves the credit.
What else encourages that visual sensibility? Do you watch a lot of movies?
I watch movies like everybody else, not a lot but I've seen all of the great ones. I think of films like Scarface, The Godfather, Boyz 'N the Hood, and New Jack City and everything you have to see if you're an avid movie watcher. I don't think that helped as far as the creativity of the music goes. I just appreciate movies in general. It was the influences of the MCs before me who were great storytellers.
What's the story behind "Pot of Gold"?
It's really a step up for me. It's nothing but a positive song. I think after "Red Nation" getting banned it was pretty much perfect for what I was trying to do. We wanted to paint a picture that everything doesn't have to be so negative. That's why I got Chris Brown on the song because he's been faced with as much criticism and controversy as I have over the last few years. He came back and rose to the top. I wanted to tell the story and uplift people like I usually do. It's more of an international appealing song too.
Can you delve into the inspiration behind the video?
The video is basically me walking my son through situations that sort of rendered me helpless. I'm showing him where I come from so he's not so mind-spoiled about the reality of everyday life growing up where I was raised. My mom took my son to Compton and showed him the house I grew up in and the parks I used to hang out in. She showed him some of the neighborhoods where I used to really do my thing, and he just couldn't believe that at all because of his reality. He doesn't know anything but being rich and living in this big house. He couldn't believe that his father could be from there. I told the director Brian Barber about it, and he thought it was dope for a video concept.
Given the guitar solo in "Red Nation", is rock music an influence for you?
I like rock, but nothing influences me like my kids these days [Laughs]. That's it.
Do your kids turn you on to new music at all?
If I looked to my kids for musical inspiration though, we'd bumping Justin Bieber and Jonas Brothers all day [Laughs]. I don't think that's a good idea.
If you were to compare The R.E.D. Album to a movie or a combination of movies, what would you compare it to?
Boyz n the Hood! It was everything you needed it to be if you needed to know about the Los Angeles gang culture. The album is a cross between me explaining to everybody what the color "Red" means to me and also a rededication of myself to my music, my family, and my fans. Boyz n the Hood had the family values as far as the brotherhood and what can go wrong between brothers. The mother's sad. One brother's trying to go to college. It's everything like that. Boyz n the Hood is the even balance of everything that goes on in Los Angeles.
What song closes out The R.E.D. Album?
I've chosen it but I can't tell you yet. It's a surprise. Once you hear it, you'll appreciate it and you'll understand exactly why I told you no [Laughs]. The entire album is important. The sequence is my favorite and least favorite part. I grow gray hair and want to pull my skin off my face when I'm trying to sequence the album and get it down to a certain amount of songs. I'm definitely a closer. Every time I close an album, it's definitely going to be something of catastrophic proportions. I think this one takes the cake.
Is it important to show listeners your life and let them derive something positive from it?
It's very important, but it's not purposefully done. I've always tried to shed light on the situations that rendered me helpless and my shortcomings in my life, and nine times out of ten people always take things away from my songs. When I see them, they tell me about it in passing or via email and Twitter. I'm glad I'm one of those artists who can help people and whose life is relative to the norm. I'm a poor kid growing rich with a lot of mishaps. I'm going through life trying to figure it out still to this day. I'm not perfect, and I've got things I want corrected in my life. I'm still trying to change them every day.
Are you excited for The R.E.D. Album?
Check out our last interview Game here!