Game Talks J.Cole, New West, 50 Cent, Sports and Face Tats [PG. 2]

Was there anybody that you wanted on the mixtape but couldn’t get?

I really wanted J. Cole on the mixtape. As an artist I can say that I really respect his craft. The music that he makes is stuff that I can get into. In my opinion, he’s one of the next rappers to look out for. We’d have to call it “Cole Game” [Laughs].

I noticed you referenced that you would talk with 50 again, but I can never tell if you’re truly serious about it.

It’s possible for me. I’m an opportunist, and I got a family. I ain’t the one to hold grudges, but 50’s got an ego…I ain’t mad at nobody right now, so maybe one day we’ll be able to put it to bed or maybe we won’t. One thing for sure is that he’s rich as fuck and will do fine without me—and I’m paper-ed up so it never happens—I’ll be cool. The door’s cracked open, it’s not a closed door.

As your mixtape was dropping 50 was all over New York radio saying he shut down Worldstarhiphop.com, did you catch wind of this?

I caught it, man. But I ain’t really got no comment on that. I was just like ‘where the fuck did WSHH go?’ Then it went back up, but 50 is like that. He definitely got enough power to shut some shit down, even if it’s only for a half a day.

Moving back to music, by now we’re all familiar with Nipsey Hussle, Jay Rock, Kendrick, etc, but there’s an even younger and newer movement of rappers emerging from the West. Have you heard of Lil B and Odd Future?

Lil B is on my radar and Odd Future is managed by my dude Chris, who I just made a part of my management team as well. Dom Kennedy is putting in work out here, too. My favorite might be a kid named Famous Fresh. He might have the most crafty style out of all the new cats.

So when are we finally going to get The R.E.D. Album?

Before the world ends [laughs], that’s supposed to be 2012. Nah, man nothing is changing, Pharrell is still executive producing the album. There’s a lot more people on The R.E.D. Album that weren’t on the tape, my fans is going to go nuts. It’s not to be confused with a street album or mixtape, everybody from Dr. Dre, Drake, Wiz, DJ Premier, Just Blaze, Kanye, Swizz, Cool & Dre, and the list goes on.

As long as it doesn’t turn into a Detox situation I think we can wait a little while longer.

If I made muthafuckas wait ten years for The R.E.D. Album, that shit would probably sell one copy, I ain’t going to lie. I don’t think I got that long. Everybody can’t be Dre. He going to do his numbers, and I ain’t taking a page out of his book. He might be the only one that could pull that off. There’s timing and label politics involved, it aint like you just press CDs and put them out, but my fans will be happy with the end product.

I have to ask, who are you rooting for in the Super Bowl?

Green Bay all the way. Green and Yellow, Green and Yellow [laughs], they cant lose.

You seem pretty confident, but what’s up with the Lakers?

I think that the Lakers should just stop playing regular season games and just wait until the playoffs to beat the shit out of whoever is there. It doesn’t matter what happens in the regular season. All we got to do is make the top 8 and we’ll blow away whoever comes to the championship. They always want to shit on Kobe, but we always take the trophy home.

I don’t know man, Amare and the Knicks are looking tough this year.

Yea, it took yall forty years to finally get right. The Knicks ain’t been shit since Patrick Ewing knees went bad [laughs].

We'll see during playoffs, man. One last thing, you’re no stranger to getting ink on your face. I was wondering if you had a chance to check out Gucci Mane’s new ice cream cone face tatoo.

I seen Gucci’s new face tat and as soon I did, I thought ‘finally they can get off me about his butterfly/star/LA shit.’ That’s what I thought. But you know what man, I don’t give a fuck about what they say about anybody, a muthafucka could tattoo a butterfly, ice cream cone, apple pie on their cheek. Bottom-line, if you know Gucci, you know he’s real. He been on trial for his life and all of that. He bodied people. So he could tattoo a fuckin’ tampon on his face for all I care. You can’t say he’s buster or whatever. And me I done been shot, stole shit, robbed people, everyth-fuckin’-thing you can think of. Tattoos don’t mean shit, they ain’t nothing but good art.

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Peele’s sophomore horror film earned an impressive $7.4 million on Thursday (March 21) night previews, and is forecasted to take in about $27 million from Friday sales. The film is also on pace to knock Captain Marvel out of the No. 1 spot at the box office.

Once final numbers are tallied, Us will likely snatch the third-best opening weekend record for an R-rated horror film behind It, which brought in a whopping $123.4 million, followed by Halloween’s $76.2 million opening weekend last year.

Aside from rave reviews and a genius promo run that included simultaneous screenings in major media markets, Us earned a 95 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

The film, set in the mid-1980s centers around a family of four who set off on a vacation that finds them confronting some familiar faces.

Peele recently spoke to VIBE about casting Duke (our April 2019 cover star) in the role of patriarch, Gabe Wilson. “I have to have somebody voice what the audience was saying,” he said. “In the case of Get Out, it’s Rod, like, ‘How have you not left yet?’ [In Us], Winston is largely that voice. There’s one moment where Lupita [Nyong’o] takes a step into the unknown, where black people [will think], ‘I don’t know.’ But to have Winston say, ‘Aaaand she left. Your mother just walked out of the car.’ That’s all we need.”

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Since people tend to ask Bardi to use what has become her signature catch phrase, she figured that it was time to cash in. “You think I ain’t gonna’ profit off this sh*t? B*tch white folks do it all the motherf**king time,” she said. “So you gon’ be mad at me ‘cuz I want to get some motherf**king money?

“While I’m still hear I’ma secure all the fucking bags,” Cardi continued before adding that there are a “lot of ways to get rich” in 2019.

The Bronx native caught heat for wanting to trademark the word because she wasn’t the first to say “okurrr.” Cardi already revealed that she started using it after she heard Khloe Kardashian saying it, but the word was originally popularized in drag culture -- most notably by Rupaul’s Drage Race contestant Laganja Estranja, in 2014.

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