Game Says "R.E.D." Sounds Like "1994 Los Angeles," Talks "Ricky"

Exclusive: Game says that the first four songs of "R.E.D." call back to the glory years of west coast Rap and L.A., but won't reveal "Ricky's" inspiration.

Presently due on August 24th, Compton super-star Game is putting the finishing touches on R.E.D. In a recent conversation with HipHopDX, the Aftermath Records star spoke about this album's Los Angeles influence, particularly coming after 2008's L.A.X. long-player. "The entire record, man," declared Game, despite enlisting Virginia icon Pharrell Williams to co-executive produce the album alongside Compton Rap pioneer, Dr. Dre. "When you get this album, for the first three or four songs, you're gonna feel like you're somewhere, lost in 1994, man, in Los Angeles. After [that], it starts to brighten up. Then it goes back and gets hard, and then it lightens up again, and mellows out. That's where Pharrell comes in. It was dope to have Dre and Pharrell on the same album, 'cause it could be a smooth roller-coaster ride. One long, nice ride on a new album."

In November of last year, Game mentioned an R.E.D. song titled "Ricky." The rapper would not confirm details of the song's inspiration, but considered it a highlight within the album. Based on the comment section at DX, six months later, Game was asked if he could reveal whether the song was inspired by "Freeway" Ricky Ross or perhaps the character from John Singleton's 1991 film, Boyz N' The Hood. Game maintained the suspense, "Everybody can hear it. You can hear what it's about [on the release date for R.E.D.] That's when it'll go down. It keeps everybody on ice. You'll appreciate it more when you don't know what the fuck Game is about to hit you with you."

Game did add that "Ricky" is presently still slated to appear on R.E.D., due August 24th.

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  • philly!!!!!

    if this shit is so classic then y did it get pushed back 150 times? actually i know why....cause every song game thinks is going to be a hit single does nothing but flops......so knowing that is he just sayiing this for promotional use? id say so

  • philly!!!!!

    if this shit is so classic then y did it get pushed back 150 times? actually i know why....cause every song game thinks is going to be a hit single does nothing but flops......so knowing that is he just sayiing this for promotional use? id say so

  • Atl2Trill

    Pharrell co exec producing the album. This shit gonna be very commercial. lol!!!

  • James Kancho

    Game Sounds like 1994 computer games

  • BigCell10

    Why people buggin cause he wants to get that 90s feel going. ya"ll act like todays hiphop isnt in the 80s. all that colorful dance shit was here already.

    • philly!!!!!

      this dude is lying to your face and u dont even know it....let me inform u that pharrell is the executive prodicer.....was he producing songs in 1994? no u fucking idiot

  • reel BOSS

    OK this is the TRUTH about GAME. WE loved Game INITIALLY. Game was hot, UNTIL, we got to know him through the media. Dude ended his own career. When he was new, he was still a mystery. We didnt know he was a groupie for Jay-Z and G-Unit. We didnt know that he cant even make up his mind which PERMANENT tattoo has wants to have on his face. He could ALWAYS rap! Thats not the issue. Even Dr. Dre stopped messing with him for a sec. But once we saw all his lame attempts to CREATE beef with Jigga...all the G-UNOT stuff when 50 REALLY DID write half of Game's album, etc., you lose your "ganster" appeal which is what you are selling, correct? Ironically, I believe the same thing happened with 50 cent. Waaaaaay too much gossiping and blogging and not enough hardcore music. 50 stay in everyone else's business and sits up there and gossips, reports, and talks about EVERYONE! And as those of us from the hood know, THATS NOT GANGSTER! The climax was his antics with Rick Ross. That was more HOE than gangster. And low and behold, 50 isnt even GOLD....STILL!!! Sometimes it's better for cats to not be media whores and such so that you may protect your imagine and preserve the mystery about yourself that makes people want to buy your album.

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      50 didnt write shit for game and neither did game,and 50 didnt write his own shit when he was hot,or they would still be writin dope shit to make money instead of having to jump in here and there for publicity,its called ghost writers dog,yeah i know it broke my heart too when i came to realize most my favorite artists are nothing more than fake ass thug images,not lyracists,or actualy hip hop artists,they are entertainment performers

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  • Json

    Nobody wants to hear shit from 1994 homie. We want that fly 2025 shit! Fuck Game, you bipolar, name droppin, dick rider! And while I'm at it, Fuck 50 pennies as well. You both suck

    • cloudyinc.

      yea no kidding. a trip back to the golden age of hip hop would be MORE then welcomed by his fans and the hip hop community I'm sure.

    • BigCell10

      Speak for yourself my dude. I would love to take a ride back to 1994. Shit half of hiphop now is in the 80s. so wat u saying

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    yeah right....game fell off baby and y`all know it

  • J. Cleaze

    I think that "Ricky" track was inspired by Ricky in Boyz N Da Hood. He'll probably talk about how the good die young and the ones that are trying to make something with their lives end up in bad predicaments. Shit, if thats not what the song is about, then I might record a record about that lol. To hear some of my music, click on my name. You won't be disapointed.

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  • Badmofo

    That "Shake" video/song lyrics are total trash . He needs to get all Dre beats & leave the Neptunes off the album.

  • Crooklyn kiddd

    Can't wait to see what dre and game cooked up those niggaz made classics on documentary red should be sick, game never disappoints

  • u aint no bloo bloo bloooooddd

    game been droppin lot of songs from red album ,waiting for that perfect hit single if he keep doin it people gonna get cold and not give a fuck when his album drops god knows when

  • drzaius007

    this track sucks ass, and im a game fan, this song better get cut off the album

  • Nico 3

    Anyone who would make a song about a character from Boyz in the Hood needs serious help. What's next, "The Tony Song", all about Game's love for Scarface? Rappers need to stop over-thinking concepts. Worry about the beats, not the concepts, cause every Game album is the same, and that's fine. Nobody's expecting real life.

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  • rickreserve

    what ever happened to a nigga being able to drop shit with out having to enlist damn near every dope producer in the game just to sell there record.remember eightball and mjg comin out hard,ugk ridin dirty,dayton family fbi album,those cats was real niggas in the street and when you listened to the shit you wasnt tryna force yourself to like it just cause you liked the artist.i know we not in the good old days no more but damn music is so fuckin fake and watered down i dont buy or down load or nothin.i dont even check for cats like i used to.and i got all the music and bought my copies from like 2005 back.i didnt like downloading cause i just thought the artist that i liked were gonna make quality.it aint about exsposible income,cause niggas used to go broke buying there favorite music but this shit is sad these days.its corporate america taking over hip hop and the sell out rappers leting them have it just to get a buck.hamsters raping over hip hop classics in a kia commercial get the fuck out of here with that shit.some rappers are the biggest hypocrites in the world they talk all this shit about what other people should be or not be,but they turn around and do the excact shit they dissed other motherfuckers for doin.if you like the music of today then thats on you.All the true supporters of this shit stop buying these half ass artist music and then complaining when the shit aint what you thought it would be.not hating on nobody new or old just giving my opinion on this game that i grew to love but i hate so much now for the true sell outs of are music your favorite rapper!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dab

    I like the Game.I do. I think he's a consistent rapper. All 3 of his albums are bangers. But not he's trying WAY to hard to capture the mainstream sound and is making wack song after wack song. Game just be yourself like you were on your last albums and just make good music. Stop trying to appeal to everyone, then no one will listen

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  • wickwickwack

    every week his album has another sound smh

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  • Best Rappers

    1994,SMH, Dude need to retire fo real.

  • nana222

    50 cent ....there someone had to say it the post was getting too long

  • k-swizz

    NOT TO BE A BUZZ KILL LIKE KOBE BRYANT SAID LOL, BUT THIS NEW GAME SONG IS WACK AS HELL!

  • cKillaNi99a

    Game's new album will be at least top 10 - 15 this year and Eminem did fall off, he will never be the Slim Shady LP or Marshall Mathers LP Eminem ever again. Recovery is better than Relapse and Encore but that can never top Slim Shadys LP or Marshall Mathers LP. How I Got Over - The Roots = Album Of The Year btw

    • JordanM91

      Oh, and BTW...I was bringing up hip-hop sales to PROVE that he did NOT fall off. Recovery is most likely going to be the highest selling album of the year, and will probly win best rap album, along with other grammy awards as well. If he sells, lets just say, 500k 1st week...How the fuck is that falling off? Falling off is when ur sales start to decrease, and I guarantee this album sells more in the first week then relapse did. He's STILL selling, even after being 11 years in the game, and you cant point out many other rappers who've been in the game as long as him and is still putting out best-selling albums. The day Eminem flops is the day he falls off, but he hasnt flopped yet. He has no Gold albums, in fact, the lowest selling album he has is Relapse, and that just came out last year, in the midst of a recession, and yet it still went platinum. 95% of rappers today are struggling to go GOLD. And honestly, id say gold is the new platinum today. But back on topic, Eminem is not falling off. Im not even a big fan of Jay-Z but im not gonna deny that he's still huge in hip hop, with all his number 1 albums, and hes like 40 years old. Eminem will retire before he falls off. And now he's got slaughterhouse, so Shady Records isn't going anywhere

    • JordanM91

      @CKILANI99A, "Anybody can sell a million"...LMAO...That just proves how fucking stupid you are! You mean in today's world? Where hip hop sales are fucked up? Who's really selling a million+? lol...Name me more than 5 rappers thats selling over a million, you cant. Jay-Z and Eminem are really the only ones who are selling big today. "That doesnt mean he cant make albums thats SSLP or MMLP quality." Well, thats ur opinion. Your obviously not a fan of Eminem today, and thats cool, its ur opinion. But many ppl will agree that Recovery is 'Eminem Show' Quality, maybe not MMLP classic, but time will tell. Just cuz U aint feelin his new shit, doesnt mean that it IS Shit, just cuz u said it, and thats how everyone feels 2. Ur a hater, face it. And haters love to use the word "Stan" when Eminem started that fucking term lmao. To you (and Eminem haters), anybody that compliments or likes eminems shit is automatically a "stan" right? Call them dickriders, call them stans, Eminem has a huge fan base, and a lot of hate is automatically going to come with huge success, but haters like u still click on his songs, give the songs views, and still comment, thats y u see eminems name ALL over on the right, highest rated songs, hottest songs, etc. Your probly one of those ppl who cant stand that the best selling artist of the decade, and the best selling rap artist of all time (past pac) is white. I laugh at you, and the haters lol

    • cKillaNi99a

      Yeah here we go another elitist thinking he knows shit. It's funny you base shit on records sales. Anybody could sell a million dumbass and no shit he will never rap about the same shit because he changed but that doesn't mean he could make albums thats SSLP or MMLP quality. Have you ever thought that Eminem has a lot of dickriders? Any shit that Eminem will release, his "stans" will eat up and dickride him more.

    • Kid Jeezy

      sslp is classic....n em hasnt fallen off recovery is dope

    • JordanM91

      @CKILLANI99A So your saying, just because Eminem will never be the "Slim Shady LP" Or the "Marshall Mathers LP" ever again, that means he "fell off"? Thats just your opinion. No shit hes never gonna be like that again, thats 10-11 years ago dumbass. Real artists dont stay the same, they mature and they grow, and so does there music. Hes not gonna be talking about the same shit he did 10 years ago cuz hes a new person and going through new shit. So hes gonna talk about his friend proof dying, and his drug addiction, and what not. You like his old music? Listen to his old albums, and dont give ur half-assed opinion, cuz PLENTY ppl like his album, many refer to it as his "stillmatic" album, and hes far from falling off. Hes 37 and still spittin hard, and watch his numbers this week, cuz they dont lie. Hes gonna sell crazy, and let that be a reminder of how much he "fell off". @FUCKU. See, ppl like u hate that album, then u have ppl who WANT eminem to go back to spitting like that (Which he did on relapse), so how can he please everyone? You idiots dont even know what u want lol.

    • fucku

      sslp is ass... listen to it now..it sounds like a demo tape

  • RollUpTheDutchYeah

    check out compton story. Maybe he's on his Slick Rick actin again.

  • metal2death

    i hope he brings us back to real hip hop. the 90's were hip hops peak. now we have this bullshit clogging these kids minds. gettin into boosie, oj da juiceman, wayne... shits retarded. COME ON GAME TRY TO SAVE THE INDUSTRY

  • sh.

    long as dre did some surgery on pharrell's fuckups, should be good

    • Negro withan Ego - (NWE)

      lol funny nigga. i hope you right but atm looks like dre need to go back to med school and brush up his skills

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  • c red

    should be ok but it will be hard to top ems album for album of the year

    • nuc

      distant relatives most def kills recovery ems lyrics on recovery are dope, but his song structures arent that amzing,,, eminem show,, nwo that album had song structure!

    • DUKE1

      damn GAMEFAN, you can tell your a game fan, because you hating on the Recovery. Recovery is not made for one minded fucks like yourself. You'd rather be listening to some Game, or Gucci, or some other trash, then listen to something with substance, and subject matter. Something yall been bitching about. Stans? Absolutely not man, the album goes hard. Your just a dick rider.

    • dcollin4444

      Em fell off, seriously? Did you listen to Despicable, Not Afriad or Session One? Not a huge fan of Shady, especially with Encore & Relapse, but Recovery is dope. If Game would get rid of some of the Pharrell beats, R.E.D. might be dope too, but with Pharrell on the boards, it'll be more P.O.P. than R.E.D.

    • GAMEFAN

      so many dickriding emnem stans, so sad.....distant relatives blows recovery out of the water....eminem fell the fuck off but his stans dont want to admit it....

  • dopegrease

    cant wait.. R.E.D should be the hardest album out this year!

    • dannyboyrobbo

      why u read bout game if u just gna give it shit, will be one of his best albums i reckon, maybe not recovery, but theyre 2 different kinds of l.p

    • DUKE1

      LOL, there ya go buddy. Get yourself all pumped up to hear the same lyrics over and over. Riding in his 6'4, blood gang, spoked rims, bitches, 40s. Sweeeeet, like we didn't hear that the first 3 albums. LOL, cmon now. ALBUM OF THE YEAR ! LMFAO

  • trly yrz

    This is interesting

  • nuc

    so really he didnt talk 'ricky' at allll..

  • mf doom

    well get ready for some more publicity beefs,name droppin,exaggerated affliation with gang bangers who dress in the color red,unessecary amounts of indecisivness,probably a lil crying,without a doubt more ass kissing,and possibly even a new face tat cover idea, outcome,GAME puts on autotune for a few tracks to sell that sound like shit, and a few tracks with the same played out subject matter about how he wishes nwa woulda have circle jerked on him boy i cant wait!!!!!!

    • DUKE1

      LOL wow i didn't even get this far to read your comment, but its exactly what I was thinking haha. I said it above, dude says the same shit 24/7. Just hypes his own album up to get people all crazy. Always sounds the same, and its abou tthe same shit.

    • DUKE1

      LOL wow i didn't even get this far to read your comment, but its exactly what I was thinking haha. I said it above, dude says the same shit 24/7. Just hypes his own album up to get people all crazy. Always sounds the same, and its abou tthe same shit.

    • D.D.410wutup

      lol Thats exactly what's going to happen.

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