“It’s a hundred different messages you can take from the song,” Game said on Monday afternoon, cruising through Houston on his way to a radio station. “It’s called ‘My Life,’ so tune in.” The video for the song, from his forthcoming LP L.A.X., premieres on “FNMTV” Friday (starting at 8 p.m. ET).
“And I ain’t no preacher, but here’s my Erick Sermon,” he raps on the record. “So eat this black music, and tell me how it tastes now/ And f— Jesse Jackson ’cause it ain’t about race now.”
Later he adds “Walk through the gates of hell, see my Impala parked in front with the high beams on/ Me and the devil sharin’ chronic blunts/ Listening to The Chronic album/ Playin’ backwards, shootin’ at pictures of Don Imus for target practice.”
It’s very provocative — and he goes after Jackson even harder on a different track from the album, “Letter to the King,” that leaked on Thursday (August 14).
The song — a duet with Nas — has bars that are lyrically astonishing, and will probably be the pair’s most talked-about collaboration yet. Of course, the “King” the duo refers to is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. At times, the two talk directly to the late civil-rights leader as if he were still alive; at others, they ponder aloud about what could have been.
“If Dr. King marched today, would Bill Gates march?” Game raps on the third verse. “I know Obama would, but would Hillary take part?/ I feel the pain of Nelson Mandela/ ‘Cause when it rains it pours, I need Rihanna’s umbrella/ For Coretta Scott [King's] teardrops/ When she got the phone call that the future just took a f—ing headshot.”
If you don’t remember anything else about the song, Game’s controversial last line will stay with you.
“I wonder why Jesse Jackson ain’t catch him before his body dropped,” he asks. “Would he give me the answer?/ Probably not.”
At press time, Game had not responded to MTV News’ requests for comment on why he’s going after Jackson — a longtime King associate, who was present at his assassination in 1968 — so hard, but he did speak with us at length about L.A.X. in Houston earlier this week.
Several other noteworthy tracks from the album hit the Net on Thursday (August 14), including “Angel,” which features classic name-dropping from an outspoken Game while Common guest-drops metaphors. There’s also a song called “Ya Heard” that features the Compton track-slayer engaging in some rap repartee with Ludacris.
Game described the album as “just me taking flight, man. This album is gonna be real special — from beginning to end, it’s gonna knock.”
In some interviews Game has said that this will be his last album, but this week he told us his ultimate goal was to be known as the “best lyricist.” It may take a couple more albums before he’s there — or maybe just a battle with Jay-Z.
Recently on KISS-FM in Phoenix, Game admitted that he’s a fan of Jay’s music, but predicted that a battle between the two of them would be one-sided — against Jigga.
“I’m young, stupid, disrespectful,” Game said. “I haven’t lost a beef. I killed a whole group limb by limb — see what happened to G-Unit. ”
“Buck is in the video for a split second, robbing the liquor store!” Game smiled. “Lil Wayne came out to California — he re-routed his tour bus, made a U-turn for me, [so we could] shoot the video. I think the video is gonna do some great things.”
L.A.X. is due on August 26.