Game is still sorting out a label situation for his next solo album, but he’s focusing on something else, too.
“I’m working on a joint album with Ed Sheeran that we trying to drop probably end of the year, beginning of 2015,” Game told MTV News this week. “That is gonna be crazy.”
The genre-crossing relationship may seem a bit curious at first thought, but it began from a place of mutual respect. “It happened with a tweet,” the Los Angeles rapper explained. “He tweeted something about Jesus Piece, I responded, we exchanged numbers on the DM, and then we got in the studio. We were just planning to record one song; we ended up doing like seven.”
Back in January, Sheeran told MTV News that the two had in fact worked on 11 songs together. Whatever the exact number is, the chemistry was strong enough that the two wanted to turn it into a full project.
“Ed came up with the idea to start working on a joint album, and we started doing it,” Game said. “That was like in five hours. We was just going. He was on that guitar. Acoustically, he’s a genius, man, so when he does that, what comes out of me is songs like ’Dreams’ and ’Hate It or Love It’ and ’My Life.’ The songs that we got, they’re real songs. And I can’t wait for people to hear ’em.”
Since they first got up, the two have become fast friends. In November, Sheeran attended Game’s 34th birthday celebration, and they’ve each appeared on the other’s Instagram pages.
Loving the new game album
— Ed Sheeran (@edsheeran) December 11, 2012
They’re each cooking on the solo tip, too. Sheeran is set to drop his second studio album, X. Meanwhile, Game, after fulfilling his contract with Interscope, is looking for a new home. He’s said plenty of times that he hopes to link with Cash Money, and reiterated those sentiments to MTV News ‒ stressing that a deal is close.
“I’m still negotiating my contract with Birdman,” he said. “Lawyers [are] talking. We’ll try to have that figured out soon. That’s for my sixth album, which is untitled.”
Beyond that, he’ll be releasing Blood Moon, a compilation album for his Blood Money Entertainment imprint, through eOne, in the coming months. The lead single, produced by DJ Mustard, will likely drop in May.
As for the Ed Sheeran project: expect a variation of sounds and plenty of songs.
“It’s gonna be two different sides,” he said. “So it’ll be two CDs. It’ll be the way I would do an album, with his help, and the way he would do an album with my features.”