The Compton-raised rapper leaves the bad times behind as he explores his position in the West Coast scene, proving he can still compete through musicianship alone.
Someone threw a bra at Game from the upstairs balcony during the Compton-raised rapper’s Friday night set at the Key Club. After stopping the show to learn more about the specific provenance of the airborne underthings, he asked his hypeman how much such a garment would cost these days. “$50? $60?” the guy answered. “Those things are expensive,” Game replied and tried to toss it back to the lady to save her a return trip to the intimates shop.
That’s the kind of rapper Game is — enough of a star to warrant flung lingerie during headline appearances but still invested in street-level concerns. Although much of the oxygen in L.A. hip-hop has been sucked up lately by Odd Future and Kendrick Lamar’s Black Hippy crew, Game’s Friday set was an unexpectedly visceral reminder of what made him a mid-aughts star and why he’s crucial to the region’s rap future.