Game ft. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - Celebration Remix [Video]

Wasn’t a fan of the original Celebration track from Game, so normally I’d ignore any remixes of it, however the feature on this being Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, well that got my attention. Pretty cool considered the original track actually sampled a Bone Thugs track. What surprised me about this track is that Game managed to get ALL members of the fractious group to appear on this track! They had split (for the millionth time) last year, so this is s collector’s item indeed.

The track itself really suits Bone Thugs chilled out style of harmonious quick rapping, and Game does his trademark copying of his guest star’s flows. It doesn’t always work for him i.e. every time he gets on a song with Rick Ross (eurgh), but I think he sounds good when he tries the quick flow. Anyway, I digress – check this track out, especially if you’re a Bone Thugs fan. Apparently all five members are getting back together to make one last album as a 5 man collective next year, so look out for that (assuming they don’t fall out again before then).

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Wiz Khalifa-Far From Coach ft. Game and Stat Quo


Wiz has been churning out material relatively regularly in recent months, and here he grabs Game and Stat (who I’ve not heard from in forever) for another solid jam.

The production is as laidback as you’d expect from a Wiz track, with an easygoing percussion, airy synths and a general air of opulence. There’s still a little punch going on in there too, thanks to a hefty dose of bass, and hence it makes for a good summer day listen, a vibe that Wiz capitalises on with a smooth, arrogant hook that will keep heads nodding. The verses are nice and diverse, with Game bringing a more intense delivery than expected, whilst Wiz’s voice also has plenty of verve on his section, and Stat closes things out with what’s probably the best verse of the track thanks to a diverse lyrical set alongside a relaxed delivery. Decent all-rounder, which you can grab for free courtesy of Wiz’s Twitter.

Wiz Khalifa-Far From Coach ft. Game and Stat Quo

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Game-California Republic Mixtape


An unexpected (I say that as someone removed from the industry for two weeks!) arrival from Game, his first since releasing The RED Album last summer to mixed reviews. With his next full LP, Fear is Victory’s Evolution, due later this year, Game sets things up with a huge 24-track mixtape that will certainly satisfy his fans until that album drops.

The features on this are certain to gain interest, reading like a who’s who of today’s mainstream hip-hop/R&B scene with Drake, Trey Songz, Meek Mill, Rick Ross and many more joining Game for the mixtape. The same applies on the production side, with a series of notable names involved alongside a couple of remixes of popular instrumentals. Grab the full project for free below.

Game-California Republic

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Game ft. Fat Joe and Young Chris – GreyStone


Say what you want about Game, but he’s got a good publicity team behind him as he preps for his fifth studio album (F.I.V.E: Fear Is Victory’s Evolution) with the DJ Skee-assisted mixtape California Republic.

Latest drop is this little soulful number enlisting help from Fat Joe and Young Chris who spit welcome verses between them. With regards to the upcoming LP, I personally was disappointed with Game’s last offering as a whole (bar a few excellent tracks) in comparison to his first three LP’s, so I hope the next effort is a much more rounded effort from the West Coast spitter.

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The Game ft. Kendrick Lamar – The City [Video]

The standout track from Game’s last summer release The R.E.D. Album gets the visual treatment to superb effect.

A powerful cinematography accompanies the life of a youth making the wrong choices in the precarious world of gang culture. Interestingly Game holds his own in front of the camera and emanates that big personality we all know him for. As much as Kendrick spazzes out at the end and totally steals the show, the visuals here portray him in more the ‘apprentice’ styled role. Intentional or not, in light of the verses, a good move by Game’s people to retain at least a shade of credibility.

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Game and Tyler, The Creator-Martians vs. Goblins Video

I’ve not yet listened to The R.E.D. Album in full, but there’s no doubt this was the best single released prior to the full album’s release. The reasoning is three-fold: the production is hypnotising, the blend of artists works (including Wayne, who doesn’t appear in the video), and Tyler (as his Wolf Haley persona) surprises listeners by coming through with what is the show-stealing verse.

The video is as odd as you’d expect, taking place in a mental asylum of Arkham proportions, and allowing Game to have a little fun with the visual output. Lots of aggressive, psychotic mannerisms and expressions from Game, blending with the general lunacy well, whilst Tyler’s appearance is relatively tame by comparison as he mostly plays around with a cat. An entertaining enough video nonetheless, largely thanks to being heavily supported by a good track. Grab the audio on Game’s latest LP now.

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R&B Fridays: Episode 131


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Game-N***as In Compton


When Game isn’t spending his spare time putting large weaponry up against his own face (seriously, what a promo picture!), he’s spending it rapping over instrumentals from Watch The Throne. He recently released a 21-minute rap over the Otis production, and follows up with a much more concise (and hence listenable) effort over the next single from the Jay-Z and Kanye West album, N***as In Paris.

A short, snappy freestyle, Game does a passable job on this production, adopting in a more laidback style than the original that doesn’t quite capture the intensity and energy of the original. Arguably however, that’s partly down to the section of the production that’s been looped, as it lacks that jaw-rattling bass drop the original boasts, the addition of which would have elevated this freestyle considerably. A quick, generally OK listen.

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Game-Hoodmorning (No Typo): Candy Coronas [Mixtape]


Game’s taken a lot of criticism lately, and not for unfound reasons; his Purp and Patron mixtape was weak, his Uncle Otis and Drug Test tracks perhaps ill conceived, general beat selection shoddy. I could go on.

All of the above reasons are good enough to justify people not bothering with this mixtape, but I think that would be a mistake. The stuff he’s been coming out with lately hasn’t all been bad, Pot Of Gold and Red Nation were both excellent in my book, and with this mixtape he seems to have taken heed of the criticism directed at the production on the Purp and Patron mixtape and stepped up considerably in that regard. Undoubtedly, Game on good beats is a completely different animal, and his more long-term fans will really like this. His long-awaited fourth LP is out in a few weeks too and, on the basis of this mixtape, it could actually be up to the high standards of his previous albums.

You can download it and check out the tracklisting over here.

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Game ft. Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg-Test


There was once upon a time where I would have been salivating from all holes at the prospect of this joint. Today is no longer such a time and quality of this track justifies that.

Apparently something from Game’s much-delayed R.E.D. Album sees the once-formidable threesome team up perhaps from those pictured recording sessions. Everything on this feels overwhelmingly tired; from the beat (incidentally not produced by Dre) and Game’s unnecessary auto-tune tinge to a typical post-2000 Snoop and a hook craving for a certain late Nate Dogg. Let’s hope this turns out just as the title suggests and remains on the cutting room floor.

Game ft. Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg-Test 

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Game and Chris Brown-Pot of Gold Video

For all the recent criticism of Game’s poorly-judged swipe at many of today’s ‘buzzing’ artists, there’s no denying that this is a very enjoyable song that offers him the chance to penetrate the mainstream once more.

The video blends together a personal aspect with the usual Westcoast scenes, as we’re shown childhood images of Game and clips involving his own children, alongside cars with excessive suspensions and a relatively imposing posse of Game’s friends hanging around on his lawn. Throw in a short clip of Chris Brown’s gravity-defying stunts/dancing, and you’ve got a little bit of everything. A fairly simple all-round premise, and rightfully so as it focuses on the natural power and energy of the audio and enhances it suitably.

Enjoyable all-rounder, and is available on iTunes now. Click here to read the previous audio review.

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Game-Uncle Otis


There’s a new Game album on the horizon, and that can only mean one thing: he’s releasing pointless diss tracks to try and get his profile back up to a reasonable level. It used to work, but will it this time?

The answer is no. As opposed to focusing his rage on one target, Game seems to share the venom across pretty much anyone with any sort of buzz right now, from Frank Ocean to Kreayshawn, and the now-customary Game shots at Jay-Z. If the raps were anything new or remarkable, it would be perfectly acceptable as a hip-hop track, but it’s another case of relying on name drops to carry the song along with some poor parodies and impressions (though his Rick Ross one isn’t too bad!). Worth a listen for a laugh more than anything. Click below for the track, and click here to read Game’s ‘explanation’ in an XXL interview.

Game-Uncle Otis

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Game Ft. Chris Brown-Pot of Gold


The already-leaked Pot of Gold gets an official release on the 28/6 and is being billed as the second single from Game’s much fabled The R.E.D. Album.

Lending his vocals to the track is Chris Brown, whose vocal delivery on the hook, chorus and bridge is superb and in my opinion steals the show. The production is another strong point, with The Futuristiks lacing Game with laidback, acoustic guitar and drum-driven work, giving Game the ideal platform to spit his reflective thoughts and feelings. A pleasant little number from Game and Chris Brown that I imagine should appeal to the mainstream crowd and get quite a bit of airplay. Stream below or grab on iTunes.

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Game ft. Trey Songz-She Wanna Have My Baby


Some more Game this evening for all of you to enjoy. On first couple of listens I’m feeling this. The beat has that synthy lull about it and with Trey on the hook could prove to do quite well in the club scene. Game’s delivery is hardcore, albeit lyrically somewhat basic, but for me Game’s grouchy vocals and tactful flow always seem to do enough to keep me listening. As for whether this will make an appearance on R.E.D.? Quien Sabe as they say in Spanish.

Game ft. Trey Songz-She Wanna Have My Baby

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Game ft. Lil Wayne-Red Nation Video

I hear Game has an album coming out someday? Nah…

A certain writer will be going nuts over the latest visuals to Game’s seemingly lead single from R.E.D. This video has been surrounded with controversy after MTV and BET banned it and with the strong gang affiliation Game brings across here, you can kind of understand why.

I, for one, don’t feel it’s any worse than most of the other stuff out there. OK, the video is plastered with the colour red but apart from that how many other rap videos do you see with guys standing on cars with groupies and baseball bats? Exactly. Game’s not exactly reinventing the wheel here is he.

Regardless, the Internet once again proves its power. Who watches TV nowadays anyway? Oh. And I hate the chorus on this.

Audio can be gotten from here and you can get Game’s R.E.D. album from the same shelf you’ll find Detox…

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Travis Barker, Game, Swizz Beatz, Rick Ross & Lil’ Wayne–Can A Drummer Get Some Video

Very solid video for the mega-star collaboration from Travis Barker’s debut album (which is out now by the way folks!). One of those songs that’s very easy to listen to in a playlist, it’s also one of the few genuinely likeable all-star tracks amidst a sea of them.

The video has a sketchy, alternative cinematography that keeps things dynamic and interesting, whilst the artists come together in an old-school ‘band’ style that gives this a very organic feel. Being interspersed with shots from various street/outdoor scenes is OK and whilst the scenes themselves fit with the audio nicely, the constant switching does get a little distracting at times in taking the focus away from the more enjoyable ‘band’ scenes. Solid video content-wise though, and definitely embellishes the audio. Be sure to grab that album!

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The Game-All Doggs Go To Heaven (Nate Dogg Tribute)


After the sad news of Nate’s passing, understandably, many a rapper poured out their tributes by tweeting their thoughts. I didn’t think it’d be long before some tribute songs came out and as I suspected, Game has been the first to do so.

Not afraid to rap about his emotions, Game’s displayed this before with his heartfelt tribute towards Michael Jackson’s passing, as well as some other people before who have passed away. You can check out the stream below to listen to this track and you can also download it below too (by clicking that arrow on the right of the stream).

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DJ Khaled-Welcome To My Hood (Remix) ft. Ludacris, T-Pain, Busta Rhymes, Mavado, Twista, Birdman, Ace Hood, Fat Joe, Jadakiss, Bun B, Game & Waka Flocka


Is this the longest title we’ve ever seen on OTU? It’s certainly up there! DJ Khaled enlists a plethora of rappers to take on the remix of his recent(ish) single, Welcome To The Hood.

I can’t be the only one, but I’m pretty tired of these remixes by him where he just sticks a load of guest verses on it and expects a hit. Having said that I really wanted to hear the Game verse on this and thus had to check it out. I’m also pretty sure there’s a lot of you out there who still lap this stuff up, so who am I to hate on it?

Summary: I don’t like this and I didn’t like the original either, you might though.

DJ Khaled-Welcome To My Hood (Remix) ft. Ludacris, T-Pain, Busta Rhymes, Mavado, Twista, Birdman, Ace Hood, Fat Joe, Jadakiss, Bun B, Game & Waka Flocka

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The Game-Red Nation ft. Lil' Wayne


The much delayed R.E.D. Album from Game has finally been given the green light and here is the very 1st single from that. After a flurry of inconsistent material from Game, through failed experiments in production (I’m looking at you Pharrell Williams), we’ve slowly been getting the Game we all know and love. Game returns to the Cool & Dre sound that he’s had much success throughout his career, with the production duo giving us an intense beat sampling of Zombie Nation’s club/dance hit Kernkraft 400. Normally I’d call such a sample a lazy piece of production but Cool & Dre assist with some great use of drums, keys and everything in-between.

As for the Lil’ Wayne feature? He provides a rip-roaring chorus, in the same vein of form as Game’s single, My Life, from his last album. This track is a winner; download below.

The Game – Red Nation ft. Lil’ Wayne

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Game-Purp & Yellow ft. Snoop Dogg [Video]

Here are the visuals from one of the few tracks I liked from Game’s mixtape Purp and Patron (his follow up to it, The Hangover, was a much better mixtape in my opinion!).

Featuring cameos from Ron Artest, Matt Barnes, and Shannon Brown, (who all play for the Lakers in which this song is in tribute to) Snoop & Game bring us a video that’s as high in energy as the song itself. Game’s verse in particular is a welcome reminder that he shouldn’t be forgotten about when conversing about the best mainstream hip hop spitters.

You can either grab this song from the Purp and Patron mixtape, or just go get the single from over here.

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Travis Barker, Game and Swizz Beatz-Can A Drummer Get Some? (Live)

I’m certainly enjoying the high-octane, energetic single from Travis’ upcoming Give The Drummer Some album, and here he grabs two of the track’s co-stars for a performance on Jimmy Kimmel’s show.

It’s one of those tracks that’s really made for a loud, live environment and it’s performed pretty well by all involved, keeping the energy levels up (despite seemingly getting the wrong demographics in the audience…!) and doing justice to the original. Give The Drummer Some coming soon.

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Tyga-Really Raw ft. Pharrell, Game & Snoop Dogg


Here’s the first drop from Tyga’s upcoming album, Careless World. Some very big features on here, with fellow West Coast big hitters: Snoop Dogg & The Game featuring. Not often you hear Tyga associate himself with his West Coast roots, so that’s good to see. Being a part of the Young Money team Tyga could easily have got a feature from Wayne/Nicki/Drake, that’s not to say he hasn’t for the album, but it’s admirable that’s he’s gone in a different direction for the first track we get to hear from it.

I’ve not been too big on The Neptunes beats in recent years, but this is pretty decent. Nice West Coast sound, and all the rappers come through with good raps. Apparently Tyga sends out some shots to Wiz Khalifa on this, for some bizarre reason there are rumoured tensions between them, rumours that have been denied by Wiz. I think this is just a case of the media/internets going crazy over nothing, as there’s really not anything particularly damning from Tyga’s verse (that I can make out anyway).

Tyga-Really Raw ft. Pharrell, Game & Snoop Dogg

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The Game, Wiz Khalifa & Snoop Dogg-Purp & Yellow [Trailer]

Not usually a fan of trailers for music videos (I don’t really get the point of them unless they’re for a very anticipated massive hit), but this trailer is looking very dope indeed.

Probably my favourite rendition of Wiz Khalifa’s hit song, and looking forward to checking out the visuals in full, (the guitar smash at the end of this trailer actually nearly cost Game his fingers!).

You can grab the audio for this by clicking here.

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Game-Purp and Patron: The Hangover Mixtape

As promised, Game and DJ Skee let loose of the tracks that didn’t make the initial cut for the recent Purp & Patron mixtape.

As with P&P, there are some very interesting features here, with Joell Ortiz and Ghostface (on the same track, no less) making for particularly eye-catching inclusions. Preview/download in the widget, tracklist below.

01. The Hangover
02. California
03. Yung Stunna (Feat. Birdman)
04. Violin
05. Sex
06. White Soft Porn (Feat. Mars)
07. Get Familiar (Feat. Timbaland)
08. Lost
09. I’m Home (Feat. Kurupt)
10. This Way (Feat. JoiStaRR)
11. 3D (Feat. David Banner)
12. Drama (Feat. Ghostface & Joell Ortiz)
13. Lovebirds
14. Philly (Mega Mix) (Young Chris Feat. Game, Eve, Black Thought, Money Malc, Fat Joe, Fred the Godson, Diggy Simmons & Jermaine Dupri)
15. Undefeated (Feat. Busta Rhymes & Marsha Ambrosius)

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Game, Asher Roth, Mars and Tyga-White Soft Porn


Immediately after releasing Purp and Patron, Game announced The Hangover which would contain 10/11 tracks that didn’t make the final cut of P&P. The first of those efforts has already landed, as he links up with a few of hip-hop’s rising stars for an interestingly-titled track.

I’ve not listened to the whole of P&P yet, but the feedback seems to be mixed: some love it, some hate it. I suspect this track could go the same way, as the production has an 80s pop feel that’ll definitely divide opinion. Personally, I quite like the track and think the upbeat, retro vibe makes a nice addition to Game’s catalogue, and certainly fits Asher and Tyga superbly. Asher’s verse in particular is a highlight, with a tongue-twisting flow highlighting Roth’s versatility as a rapper. One that’ll be even more enjoyable when the weather gets a little brighter.

Game-White Soft Porn ft. Asher Roth, Mars and Tyga

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The Game-I’m The King [In-Studio Video]

Nice quick studio performance of one of my favourite Game tracks in recent times.

You can go read my thoughts on this song and also pick up the audio for it by clicking here. As I said then, this is unlike any other Game song, so very chilled out. If I was silly enough to smoke, I’d definitely smoke to this song all day everyday.

Go grab his much talked about Purp & Patron double mixtape over here!

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Game-Purp and Patron, Disc 1 and 2

Much anticipated mixtape from Game, one that’s been talked about all day today. Really looking forward to this, especially as a few tracks leaked earlier that were of a very good standard. Check out the tracklist below, which contains some huge features and producers. You can preview and download (click the artwork) the mixtape in the widget here.
1. L.A. Times (Prod. By Ervin “EP” Pope)
2. In My ’64 Feat. Pharrell & Snoop Dogg (Prod. By The Neptunes)
3. Soo Woo Feat. Lil Wayne (Prod. By Bink)
4. Living Better Now Feat. Detail & Tools (Prod. By DJ shake)
5. R.I.P. Story (Prod. By Nottz)
6. Purp & Patron (Prod. By DJ Shake)
7. I’m The King (Remix) Feat. Mistah FAB & The Jacka (Prod. By 1500 Or Nothin)
8. Taylor Made Feat. Wiz Khalifa (Prod. By Che Vicious)
9. Childrens Story (Prod. By Ervin “EP” Pope)
10. Dead (Prod. By 1500 Or Nothin)
11. Ferrari Lifestyle Feat. Fabolous (Prod. By D.A.Dorman)
12. The Kill (Prod. By Cool N Dre)
13. Heart Breaker Feat. Rev Burke (Prod. By The RZA)
14. Purp & Yellow (Skeetox Remix) Feat. Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa
15. Burn NY Feat. Mysonne (Prod. By Mike City)
16. Bad Intentions (Prod. By DJ Shake)
17. Khaki Suit Feat. T-Pain (Prod. By T-Pain)
18 Wonderful World (Prod. By DJ Shake)
19. Ashes To Ashes Feat. Rick Ross
20. Dedicated Feat. Pharrell (Prod. By The Neptunes)
21. Soft Rhodes Feat. Ashanti (Prod. By Dr. Dre)
22. I Just Want To Fuck (Prod. By Denaun Porter)
23. 187 Feat. Lil Boosie
24. Whip It Feat. Fabolous (Prod. By DJ Haze)
25. Favorite DJ Remix Feat. Clinton Sparks & Jim Jones (Prod. By Green Lantern)
26. Supastar Feat. Ashley Cole & Mike Epps (Prod. By Ervin “EP” Pope)
27. Can A Drummer Get Some Feat. Travis Barker, Swizz Beatz, Lil Wayne & Rick Ross
28. History Feat. Doug E. Fresh, Big Daddy Kane & KRS One (Prod. By Ervin “EP” Pope)
29. The Ocean Feat. Dr. Dre (Prod. By Dr. Dre & Che Vicious)

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Travis Barker ft. Game, Lil' Wayne, Rick Ross & Swizz Beatz-Can A Drummer Get Some


This is the title track (sort of) from Travis Barker’s soon to be released album Give The Drummer Some. We’ve already heard a couple of joints that are supposedly from the album here and here, and I have to say they haven’t really lived up to my expectations.

The first thing that’ll catch your eye with this, as it did mine, is the line up. Swizz and Travis together absolute nail the production, as heavy electric guitars, deep bass and big drums combine to give these three fine rappers a majestic platform to lay down their bars. Game, Weezy and Ross all suit this big production style and each of them gives us an aggressive verse, in-keeping with the vibe of track. A perfect track to get you in the mood to kick some ass.

Travis Barker ft. Game, Lil’ Wayne, Rick Ross & Swizz Beatz-Can A Drummer Get Some

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Clinton Sparks-Favorite DJ ft. Jim Jones, Game & Bun B (DJ Green Lantern Remix)


DJ Green Lantern remixes Clinton Sparks tribute to the DJ.

You all know what Jim Jones, Game and Bun B provide; likeable rhymes over a great beat. A real nice chorus to this track too, so it has all the elements a great mainstream hip hop track should have.

One I’ll be bumping for a while.

Clinton Sparks – Favorite DJ ft. Jim Jones, Game & Bun B (DJ Green Lantern Remix)

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