December 6, 2019
Rapper Jayceon Terrell Taylor, better known as "The Game," has confirmed his ninth studio album "Born 2 Rap" will be his last, but that he is still open to creating new music, and said, "We're probably closer to seeing [a collaboration] with Jay-Z than not."
During an appearance on Cheddar's "Business of Music," The Game described his process in creating "Born 2 Rap," which was released November 29 and featured a roster of all-star musicians like Ed Sheeran, 21 Savage, Miguel, and the late Nipsey Hussle.
He said he recorded more than 600 songs for his final album, chosen his final tracks, and thought he was finished with it. Then his friend Nipsey Hussle was killed in March 2019 and he decided to rethink the tracks.
"I wanted to incorporate new songs in his honor, in his memory, to his legacy," he said.
The final album included just 24 of the original 600. "I kinda wanted ... to incorporate a little old, a little new, a little UK, a little L.A." he said of the album.
"Ed is sheer, or sheer-in, talent," he said of the pop star's cameo on 'Born 2 Rap'. He said Sheeran was a good friend both inside the music world and outside of it. He said British singer-songwriter doesn't have a cell phone, so it took a chance run-in in L.A. to make music together. "He came into the studio and we recorded several songs," two of which he added to the album.
Of his 15-year career, in which every one of his albums went No. 1, The Game recalled taking the stage with his then 2-year-old son and Grammy-award winner Mary J. Blige among his favorite memories. He also recalled fondly his time in the studio with producer Dr. Dre, who he called "the Oracle" of music.
"He knows everything about music," he said. "He is really meticulous about every little sound."
For those who will miss The Game, he'll still be around, focusing on new, non-musical endeavors. Fans can find his hand-picked cannabis items at "Trees by Game," and they'll be able to check out his acting skills in Jamie Foxx's upcoming sports comedy film "All-Star Weekend."
"I've had a pretty long career, I've had fun ... my fans have been great, but what I've missed ... I haven't gotten to be a CEO ... to put together other projects besides mine," he said.
As for music, he's "not opposed to do anything ... I don't shut the door these days on any music."