The Game discussed his latest ten-minute Eminem diss track “The Black Slim Shady” in an interview with the Rap Radar podcast.
During a chat with Elliott Wilson and Brian Miller, the Compton rapper explained that he wanted to go after Eminem in a playful and competitive way because few rappers are up to the challenge.
“[I decided to come at Eminem] just because nobody does, number one” he said. “Number two, I pissed off a lot of people with that song. You know, Em has got a lot of stans. But as far as it being personal, like, it’s not personal.”
The Game continued, “I remember the first time “My Name Is” came out. I was, like, Whoa-ed by it. I felt the same feeling when I heard that, that I felt when I heard ‘Juicy’ from B.I.G. the first time. And so, when I heard ‘Hi, my name is Slim Shady’ I felt the same way. You know, I always f*cked with Em.”
According to the 42-year-old rapper, the reason he and Marshall aren’t close is because of his feud with 50 Cent.
“I think me and Fifty’s fallout kind of made him choose a side and he was not doing the sh*t that I did. He was like, ‘I am going with 50. F*ck you ni**as.’
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The Game also stated that the only person he could try and compete with was Emiem, particularly after being left out of the Super Bowl halftime performance.
“I just felt like I had some emotions, a little bit, about Super Bowl sh*t and all of that. And that is Dre’s boy, and Dre do not rap. So it is like, if I want to have a conversation with Dre or I am mad at Dre, let me poke shots at Eminem. And 50 can not out-rap me, he is doing his TV thing and more power to him, the shows are great. But as far as rap sh*t, I got that locked. So the only person I could rap with, or try to poke the bear and see if he really want to go there, is Em. It’s the Floyd Mayweather and Muhammad Ali thing. It’s like, if he’s number 4 and I feel like I’m number one for me, why wouldn’t I just take a shot and challenge everybody in the top ten?! Why not?!”
During the conversation, Game also mentioned Jay-Z and thanked him for his help in clearing several samples for his most recent album, Drillmatic – Heart vs. Mind.
Because of their “tricky background,” The Game wasn’t sure what to expect from Hov when he asked for his input.
“I think at this point he knows that I have grown and I have maturesd” he said. “I’m pretty sure from a far he sees my growth. We have mutual friends, Swizz, Tim, Pharrell, so he knows what’s up and I was hoping he would clear them[samples].”
Check out the full interview below: