Game Readies New Mixtape &Album, Talks ‘Behind The Music’Episode


In anticipation of VH1’s “Behind
The Music” episode focused on
the rise of Compton rapper Game
**, the MC tells Billboard.com that
he’s already working on new
music to follow up last year’s
“R.E.D. Album”: a new mixtape,
“California Republic,” is due out by
the end of this month, while his
fifth studio set, “FIVE: Fear Is
Victory’s Evolution,” is in the
works as well.
“My album’s always got to have
some level of a concept,” says
Game (real name: Jayceon Taylor).
“So that’s it. ‘Five: Fear Is Victory’s
Evolution,’ and who knows when
that will drop.” As for the mixtape,
which follows free offerings like
“Purp & Patron” and “Stop
Snitchin-Stop Lyin,” Game says
that “California Republic” will
“have some new and upcoming
artists from out this way… You
can expect my mixtape to do
what it always does, which is
consist of a lot of good music and
be a lot better than most artists’
albums.”
Before he offers any new music,
however, Game will look back on
his past on his own “Behind The
Music,” which will premiere on
VH1 on March 22. The rapper,
who has seen “countless”
episodes of the music
documentary series — his favorite
episode is the Courtney Love **
biography, which he calls “the
craziest shit ever” — says that he
was honored when VH1 offered
him the opportunity to tell his life
story, and that he expects fans to
learn something about his
character.
“The number one thing they’re
going to find out is that I’ve
grown,” he says. “When people
think of The Game, they just think
of this mean face, of my
background and bullet wounds
and the coma and the
gangbanging, and they let that
define me… But there’s a lot more
to me. I got a family, I got friends,
I smile sometimes, I laugh, I have
fun in my life. I think that the
‘Behind The Music’ will open up
everybody’s mind on that person
I really am.”
Still, “Behind The Music” forced
Game to revisit some traumatic
moments in his life, from the
physical abuse of his father to
getting shot. Here’s an excerpt
from Game’s “Behind The Music,”
in which the rapper shares his
thoughts on suicide: “My life, it
just went from such a cool place
to a dark place. I ended up being
all alone and just contemplating
suicide and thinking that after all
that I’ve been through, this is
what I’m left with? Is alone.”
For Game, sharing these
memories with the VH1 cameras
was a more therapeutic
experience than a stomach-
churning one. “Any time I can let
another person inside my life to
understand how hard it was to
get here — and how hard it was
to stay afloat — they’re more than
welcome,” he says. “I’m glad, that
VH1 put me on this pedestal and
let my life be shown. I can’t wait
until it airs.”

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