Game didn’t take too kindly to Shyne’s comments referring to Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d city as “trash.” Speaking with MTV News, the Compton, California rapper said that Po’s music helped pique his interest in Hip Hop, stating that he’s always supported the former Bad Boy rapper through times thick and thin.
“The thing is this. I never met Shyne personally, but I had a lot of love for him. When I first seen him on 106 & Park when I was in a dope spot, I remember this timeline because Aaliyah‘s plane crashed at the same time that Shyne was going through that whole trial thing and went to jail. That’s when I really got into Hip Hop like I did. Shyne was a guy that’s a Rap artist I looked up to, and he went to jail and did his whole 10 years, I felt like damn, that’s a real nigga. Through the phone conversations we’ve had over the years through my lyrics, I always try to keep him afloat.”
But he added a caveat. While he has respect for Shyne, Game says that he doesn’t take kindly to his comments about GKMC. He said that K. Dot has a team of people behind him who would be glad to go to war, him included.
“But Kendrick is non-confrontational. He’s not a thug, he’s not a gang banger. He’s just a dope Hip Hop lyricist. But he’s from the streets. He’s got a lot of ties out here and a lot of hood niggas with him. I’m one of them. The shots at Kendrick is something that no matter who it is – it could be Shyne, it could be anybody, I’m not going to call no other names – I’m not going to condone that. Whenever a shot is taken at Kendrick, I think that’s the pool I’ma dive in head-first, whether there is water there or not. … But I’m not having that. Personally, I think Shyne should just back away and let the kid breathe and if not, then I don’t know, we might find ourselves face-to-face or shit that nobody really wants to see happen.”