Game has always sung Eazy-E’s praises. The Cali MC has a tattoo dedicated to the deceased rap legend, and now, on his new single “Celebration” with Chris Brown, Tyga, Wiz Khalifa and Lil Wayne, Game throws a nod to Eazy’s protégés Bone Thugs.
“I grew up in Compton, California, and I’m a huge fan of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. This is my fifth album, and my whole career I’ve been trying to figure out how to flip ’1st of Tha Month’ and I finally did it,” Game told us on Friday while taking a break from filming the song’s video. “I wanted to keep the feel of the song without taking too much of the original.”
Game credits production duo Cool & Dre, as well as Sap, with coming up with the beat. Next he called his homey Chris Brown to sing the song’s chorus, putting a spin on Krayzie Bone’s “We’re having a big celebration” from the original 1995 single. “Then it was all just picking up my iPhone. I called Wiz, I called Weezy, I called Tyga to do verses,” he said.
As for the video, Game drew inspiration from another one of his mentors. Back in 1992, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg made an indelible mark with their hit single “Nuthin’ But a ’G Thang” and the song’s fun-in-the-sun video. Now, Game is setting out to create his own video “with a little bit more swag.”
Just as in the original Dre clip, Game gathers his friends for a Cali barbecue. There are burgers, brews, women and a few “G Thang” reenactments — in particular, the infamous topless woman volleyball scene.
“My videos, I don’t like them to be fake or feel like anybody gotta act, so we’re really having a barbecue out here,” Game said. “It’s real food, it ain’t no prop food, it’s real water guns — everything real.”
“Celebration” is the first single from Game’s upcoming album which he was going to title F.I.V.E., but after the release of Trey Songz’s Chapter V and 50 Cent’s 5 (Murder by Numbers) project, the Compton MC told Vibe that he is now calling his album Jesus Piece, and he’s making sure the tracks reflect the change in direction.” I went back into the studio and started doing songs that leaned more towards the title. I think people gon’ appreciate the concept once they hear the music.”
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