Game Promises His ‘R.E.D Album’ Will Drop This Year
Forget about 'The R.E.D. Album' for now, Game is turning all interest to his 'Purp & Patron' mixtape. The Compton rapper had the Internet buzzing this week with the street release of his 26-track double-disc offering, boasting a slew of positive reviews (including from us) and more than 30,000 downloads in two days from one site alone.
"The fan response is crazy," Game told The BoomBox. "I don't do the numbers. I just know that everybody has it and I feel honored and privileged that I'm the n--- behind the mixtape because it's crazy."
The mixtape -- put together by DJ Skee and hosted by Funkmaster Flex -- spread like wildfire, quickly becoming a trending topic on Twitter. The 'Purp & Patron' guest list isn't too shabby either. Game "called in favors" and the result was appearances from the likes of Lil Wayne, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa.
"Purp & Patron' is the last mixtape before the album comes out for the simple fact that I don't care about buzz," Game says. "I have a core fan base that is gonna send me platinum every time. I got three platinum albums and I got fans that [are] gonna cop my albums whenever they come. I can sing my ABCs on an album and I got people that love me enough to support it. I got real diehard fans that f--- with me from here all the way to Australia. I just threw out a mixtape, it wasn't even no long thought process."
Popularity aside, Game made it clear that even though 'Purp & Patron' is good enough to be an album and has several singles readymade for the radio, the mixtape has nothing on what he's cooking up for next official studio album. Buzz for his fourth release dates back to 2009. A after several pushbacks, 'The R.E.D. Album' appeared to be hanging in the balance, but Game explained that despite the fodder, the two projects couldn't be more different. "My albums take a lot more songs and it's a longer process. The process of elimination is just crazy. I try my best to put out a 100 percent of who I am into my album. [With] mixtapes, I just call in favors and enough people support me to where they send it back in a timely manner and I throw it out.
"The R.E.D. Album' is one of the most anticipated albums. I don't need the mixtape to hold any of my fans over, I just like to feed my fans every now and then because I'm constantly working on the album, so some of the songs that don't make the album or some of them that leak, I give them to [DJ] Skee and he makes incredible mixtapes with them. I don't wanna pass judgment on nobody's music, I f---- with everybody, from Kanye, to Jay-z, to Drake, but 'The R.E.D. Album' is not to be played with or confused with any other album. It's going to be the best album of my career."
Although the tracklist has yet to be announced, Game has re-teamed with longtime mentor, Dr. Dre, consulted with Nas, and tapped Pharrell Williams to executive produce the project. "The lyrical skill that I present now, I'm at an all time high. I've been in the zone as far as my writing goes. I've been happy, my family is good, my girl is on point, she lets me work, I don't get hassled. I got a free spirit, a free mind. All my friends are on my album, my hip-hop friends. Everybody that I f--- with in music really on an everyday basis those people are on the album.
"I ain't doing no dates til I got a song in the top 10 and its going, then Imma say what the date is, because I'm tired of playing date games with the label and my fans. 'The R.E.D. Album' is supposed to be slated in the summer and if not it will come before the summer or after but I know it's 2011. It's got a 2011 release. It's gotta come out this year otherwise it will be old and I'm going to have to start over."
Listen to 'Purp & Yellow' off Game's 'Purp & Patron' Mixtape