Rick Ross, Drake, Meek Mill Sign On For Game’s California Republic

'Everybody appreciates the California sun and everything under it,' Compton MC tells MTV News of concept for new mixtape.

Game doesn’t want to nail down a release date for his upcoming F.I.V.E. album, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t hard at work. Before the next LP drops, the Compton MC will release a new mixtape, and judging from the star-studded guest list, it should be a pretty big deal.

“I got a mixtape coming called California Republic, so everybody from Waka Flocka to Meek Mill, Wale and Ross and Drake [will be on it],” Game told MTV News during an interview in Los Angeles last week. “Just callin’ in hip-hop favors to get my fans some free music.”

Though the tape will be Cali-themed, Game isn’t limiting his features to Golden State artists. “Basically, California Republic, it’s an umbrella. People come here to do music, a lot of stars are in and out of town for countless awards and what not and everybody appreciates the California sun and everything under it,” he explained of the concept. “From the good green, the women, ya know, just our lifestyle. That’s pretty much what it’s about.”

The “Hate It or Love It” rapper has only one more album left on his current contract with Interscope. So he’ll be a free agent after he delivers F.I.V.E., which has yet to get an exact release date. Game endured multiple push-backs before his 2011 The R.E.D. Album and that has him understandably hesitant about publicizing a specific time frame for release. “What I learned from this last album is to never give anybody a date to anything; I’ll let the label do that when it’s time,” he said.

Game will eventually have a major career decision to make about what label, if any, to call home. He told us he was thinking of another direction.

“Independent,” he said. “That seems like a really, really good move where I can capitalize off of all the finances being made off of my music for once. But, I don’t know, I kinda like having a lot of help, a lot of assistance from a big label,” he admitted. “I don’t know, maybe we’ll have a meeting about a lot of money or I’ll be talking to my conscience.”

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