The Game releases 'The Red Room Mixtape,' receives a firm release date for 'R.E.D.'
No genre evolves faster than hip-hop. One summer auto-tune is ubiquitous -- by Halloween it’s a punch line faster than you can say Ron Browz. Understandably, there’s something refreshingly anachronistic about The Game. No matter what trend or topic tyrannizes the terrestrial airwaves, Compton-raised Jayceon Taylor keeps paying homage to vintage West Coast gangsta rap, thematically laser-focused on women, weed, guns and gangs, and dropping more names than a Page Six column.
Released Monday, his latest mixtape, “The Red Room,” finds Game being Game, with self-explanatory tracks including “Revolver or the Semi,” “Real Gangstas,” “Lowrider” and “Slangin Rocks.” Pairing with his longtime collaborator DJ Skee, Taylor flexes his formidable if not familiar rhyme style, joined by bold-faced names such as Busta Rhymes, Diddy, Lil Wayne, Pharrell, Fabolous, Jadakiss, Jim Jones and Bizzy Bone. Never one for moderation, the mixtape commences with the 20-minute freestyle, “400 Bars (The Skeemix)” on which Game flows over everything from old classics, such as Ice Cube’s “It Was a Good Day" and Chef Raekwon’s “Ice Cream," to his peer's Clipse’s “Popular Demand (Popeyes)” and Kanye West’s “Can’t Tell Me Nothing.”
Conspicuously absent is Dr. Dre, who recently reunited with his one-time protégé to contribute tracks to the forthcoming “R.E.D. Album.” Repeatedly delayed and finally given a firm June 15 release date (the same week as Drake's debut "Thank Me Later"), the Game’s fourth full-length finds him back on Aftermath/Interscope after a stint at Geffen. With beats from Dre and Pharrell; confirmed guest spots from Justin Timberlake; and rumored appearances from West, Lil Wayne and Lady Gaga, the record figures to be one of the big-ticket rap releases this spring. Even though it will still probably have auto-tune.
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