Game Ready To Prove He's Worthy Of The Hype

Album pushed back, but single 'Fresh '83' to hit soon.

RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico — On mixtapes we've heard Game spit flames at Joe Budden, Memphis Bleek and the Luniz's Yukmouth. On "Westside Story" he lashed out at those who have denounced Cali, and on the recently released "Higher" he sends a couple of barbs toward Mariah Carey and Tyra Banks. But the young Compton MC is eager to let his fans know that he is worthy of all the hype he's getting.

"You already know what it is: Aftermath and G-Unit together making a classic," Game said Friday of his debut, N.W.A Volume 1, during the Mixshow Power Summit (see "Lil Jon, Snoop, Game Bring The Heat To Puerto Rico At The Mixshow Power Summit"). "I'm just anxious to get it out there. I'm ready to go."

The Game, just like the rest of us, is going to have to wait a little longer for the LP to drop. It's been pushed back from a late 2004 release to January 18, 2005. While he's patiently waiting to blow, Dr. Dre's latest find is already planning to put out yet another song from his set.

Last week, his Dre-produced "Higher" — where he raps, "I'd do anything but f--- Mariah/ Even if she had Ashanti butt naked in bed/ Because she's got a forehead just like Tyra" — hit the Internet and has already made its way onto some radio stations. But Game says that plans to shoot a video for that song have been delayed in favor of another record.

" 'Higher' is my second single," he said. "Dre put it out because by the time we get ready to shoot the 'Higher' video you know [the song]. It's gonna catch on, and it's gonna be bananas. The [first] single is a joint called 'Fresh '83.' I call it 'Fresh '83' because that's when Dr. Dre did his first beat, in 1983. I heard [the beat to my song], and it sounds like it was his first beat. He said he did it a long time ago, back in the N.W.A days."

While the Doc worked on a gaggle of songs for N.W.A Volume 1 (see "G-Unit's Game Bigs Up The West, With Help From Dr. Dre"), he wasn't the only top-rank chef cooking up Game's stew.

"I got two joints from Just Blaze, two from Kanye [West], I got a Hi-Tek joint on there, Denaun [Porter] from D12, and the rest is Dr. Dre," he revealed. "I ain't go wrong once. All I had to do is come through lyrically. No problems whatsoever."

There is no word yet when Game will shoot the video for "Fresh '83."