The Game has been in the headlines more for beefing than for putting out hit records lately, but the Compton MC is ready to get back to the business of making people move to his music. He and Snoop Dogg are taking their road show from overseas to the States.
"I'm the face of the new hip-hop generation, whether you like it or not," Game said recently. "I'm not going anywhere. It's time for a new movement, and I'm heading it. I'm the captain, the general, whatever you wanna call it. I'm the youngest in charge. I'mma hold it down and my number one goal for the future is a more unified and diverse hip-hop culture without all the drama, bullsh-- and violence. Let's take it back to the days of old — which I respect so much — and let's have fun."
The tandem of Game and Snoop finished their tour of Europe a couple of weeks ago and will start popping up all across the U.S. beginning April 15 in Salt Lake City. Only 10 dates are being announced now, but a lot more are coming, a tour spokesperson said.
Snoop, who is working on a videogame called "Fear and Respect" that's coming out in November, has had such a frenzied schedule that it was an arduous task finding a time for him and Justin Timberlake to get together and film the video for his next single "Signs." Luckily, the two were able to lock in last Monday and Tuesday in Las Vegas to shoot the clip with director Paul Hunter.
The video, which is still being edited, mostly consists of Snoop and J.T. performing in Vegas, with Justin even throwing in a little "c-walking." The duo also hit an underground boxing match, where they place bets on their own million-dollar baby.
Fans dropping wads of dough on tickets for the Snoop/ Game outing this spring may get more than just a great show for the price of admission. Game has hinted that he wants to give the spectators just a little more — you see, he's developed a reputation for throwing his personal items into the crowd.
Photos from the video shoot
"It's just giving back to the fans, letting them know that I appreciate them," Game explained. "At the end of the day, all the beautiful women would love to take the Game home. You know I can't go, so I'll throw of my hoodie or my hat or my [tank top]. I did a show in New York City and I threw off my N.W.A chain into the crowd. I just go on instinct. Like in Paris, I jumped into the crowd, I don't know why I did it, but I was feeling like U2 and I wanted to mosh. I jumped into the crowd and they caught me. It was just a wonderful experience and I'm real spontaneous."
The spontaneity during Game's show carried over to Snoop's headlining set some nights in Europe, when California love reigned supreme.
"It was never planned," Game said of his occasional onstage appearances with Snoop. "The nights I come out , they're nights when after my show I don't feel tired and I still feel that I've got energy, so I'll go out and I'll kind of play hype man. ... Even though I'm the Game and I got my own movement, I still respect where it comes from. I still respect the legends, and Snoop is definitely that, so just being out there, we be vibing. Snoop'll stop the music and he'll intro me to the crowd again and we'll do a little freestyle segment and the crowd goes crazy and they love it. It's just pure West Coast hip-hop."
Snoop Dogg and the Game tour dates, according to their reps:
- 4/15 - Salt Lake City, UT @ E Center
- 4/16 - Vail, CO @ Vail Village
- 4/17 - Denver, CO @ Magnes Arena
- 4/19 - Wichita, KS @ Kansas Coliseum
- 4/20 - St. Louis, MO @ Savvis Center
- 4/21 - Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
- 4/22 - Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena
- 4/23 - Detroit, MI @ Joe Louis Arena
- 4/24 - Cincinnati, OH @ US Bank Center
- 4/26 - Columbus, OH @ Jerome Schottenstein Center
For a full-length feature on the Game, check out "Game: Out Of The Shadows."
This story was originally published on 03.16.2005. at 6 a.m. ET.