The O.D.: A Mixtape Daily Exclusive
Just a few years ago, the Game was throwing straight lava at Ja Rule, Irv Gotti, Ashanti and the rest of Murder Inc. during the G-Unit wars with “the world’s most talented record label.” Since leaving the Unit, Game has become friends with Ja and Irv and even recently collaborated with Ashanti on a track for his upcoming The R.E.D. Album. Dr. Dre, who produced the track, suggested the pairing.
“Hey, man, it’s ’No beef 2010.’ That’s the trending topic on this interview, man,” Game laughed. “Dre called me and he was like, ’You got any current-day problems with Ashanti?’ I was like, ’Nah. I ain’t got no problems with Ashanti.’ She can sing like mutha—-a and you put her on a hook, it’s automatically radio. So he was like, ’I’mma have her come down.’ ”
Within an hour, Game, Dre and Ashanti where in the studio working on music.
“Dre was going through beats and I picked one. I was like, ’Let’s try her on this hook.’ Me and Ashanti wrote the hook, I went in on the verses and that was it,” he explained. “The song me and Ashanti did, it don’t even have a name for it yet. It’s crazy. We just did that a week ago and I ain’t even name it.”
Ashanti seemed excited about the record as well, posting a photo from the session on her Twitter page.
“Awwwwwww sh– it’s a problem!!!!!” she wrote. “Me DRE & GAME in the lab ohhhhhhh booooooy this is a SMMMMIZAAASHHH!!!!!”
Game’s R.E.D. LP, which also features production by Pharrell Williams and a collaboration with Justin Timberlake , has a tentative release date of March 23.
“I got so many amazing records, I don’t know if I should go hard to the streets or go radio,” he said about the first single. But before the album there will be a mixtape with DJ Drama, Red Everything.
“Red Everything mixtape — it’s a bunch of tracks I did specifically for Drama,” Game explained. “They’re full songs mixed with a few freestyles. I’m trying to finish up ’400 Bars’ and get it on there. Ain’t nobody piss me off that much. But even if that ain’t on there, the mixtape is still gonna be crazy.”
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