The Game will unleash his next studio album Drillmatic: Mind Vs. Heart on June 17. Just over two weeks out, the veteran rapper has yet to unveil many details about the impending project. But on Tuesday (May 31), he headed to Instagram to share what looks like the album’s cover art featuring a black-and-white photo of a crying baby rocking an N.W.A chain.
In the last slide of the post, Game also revealed the project contains a whopping 30 tracks. Similar to Kendrick Lamar’s Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, it’s being billed as a double album with Mind being one-half and Heart being the other. As he wrote in the caption, “DRILLMATIC. Mind vs Heart. June 17th 2022. Executive Produced by @hitboy.”
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The Game claimed he was putting the mic down in 2019 shortly after releasing Born 2 Rap. But in a 2021 interview with HipHopDX, he announced his short-lived retirement was over and he’d been in the studio, evidently working on Drillmatic.
During the conversation, he lamented the lack of substance in commercialized rap but was optimistic about the future of Hip Hop, especially with his return.
“It fucking sucks there’s no real substance in music anymore, but we have to go through it until it’s fruitful again,” he said at the time. “Logic is working with Madlib. And of course, Kendrick and Cole, and then I’m coming back again. Shit’s coming.
“Kendrick and J. Cole can only sit quiet for so long, so you’ll get some good shit. And again, I like the fucking Polo Gs, the Pooh Shiestys, and of course Lil Baby, I love it. I’m in my car, I throw on Lil Baby, but everybody’s not Lil Baby. So again, we got to pick and choose what has substance.”
As previously noted, Drillmatic is executive produced by Hit-Boy. The highly sought after producer is at the top of his game, working with everyone from Nas and Dreezy to 2 Chainz and, of course, The Game. In 2020, he and Nas won a Grammy Award in the Best Rap Album category for King’s Disease. The sequel was nominated in the same category the following year but was bested by Tyler, The Creator’s CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST.