Game Speaks On Making "Uncle Otis," Says He's Prepared If Jay-Z Strikes Back
Exclusive: Game says he made "Uncle Otis" less than 24 hours ago, and explains why he felt the need to break his promise to leave Jay-Z out of his verses.
Just over an hour ago, Compton, California's Game released "Uncle Otis" , a diss track aimed at Jay-Z, who with Kanye West, released "Otis" to the radio and Internet Wednesday (July 20) evening. Moments later, Game spoke with HipHopDX, explaining the song's role within a five-plus-year back-and-forth relationship between the Black Wall Street founder and the head of Roc Nation.
"The same thing that happens every time I drop a diss record is what's happening with 'Uncle Otis', which is nothing but love. You've got those people who are totally biased towards loving Jay-Z, and I don't have no problem with that, 'cause that's cool. I expected that," admitted Game. "Then you've got Game fans who love me and are gonna side with me. Then you've also got people who are just gonna say the real. The real is that the track is fuckin' dope and the shit is funny."
As the emcee was in a jovial mood today, he was asked if antics like this are intended to make Hip Hop fun for the fans. "Every now and then, shit needs to be shaken up. Hip Hop is cool in the club, but in the daytime, we're fuckin' bored. We need substance. That's really no shot at nobody, that's really just my sentiments. During the day, we're goin' through our life and we don't have anything real to bump except our classics, which is [Notorious B.I.G.], 2Pac, [Dr.] Dre, Snoop [Dogg], the list goes on. Then at night, you can get your fix if you go to the club or you've got your radio on," noted Game. "Every now and again, you've got to shake it up, and I've always been that dude. I think I'm gonna continue to be that dude throughout the duration of my career."
Game Explains When He First Heard Jay-Z & Kanye West's "Otis"
Having been overseas earlier in the week, Game admitted that it had been less than 24 hours since he heard the album cut from Watch The Throne. "I never heard the original 'Otis' until I drove up to the studio [last night]. I heard everybody bigging it up." Game acknowledged the song's appeal in saying, "On XM, I heard 'Otis' and was like, 'This shit is pretty cool. I wanna rap on it for the mixtape.' DJ Skee couldn't find the instrumental 'cause it had only been out for a day. So we called Mars, who [remade] the beat, and I just snapped on it."
In making "Uncle Otis," Game recognizes that he's falling back on his word to stop dropping verbal barbs at Marcy Projects' native son. "I contemplated, 'Damn, I went at Jay; I said I was off of that.' Fuck it. I'm me. I'm Game. I do what I do." He continued, "I just had fun, man. Anybody that want a problem, or wants to say somethin' on a record, you know it's gonna get a response, so watch yaself." Game previously worked with Kanye West on his own hit "Dreams," as well as on 'Ye's "Crack Music."
Game Weighs In On If Jay-Z Will Respond To His Diss
Before even being asked about it, Game spoke on the prospects of Jay-Z replying, something that's been interpreted through subliminal lines and songs since 2005's "Dear Summer." "With Jay, I've been tryin' to coax him into sayin' somethin' or doin' somethin'. But he's smart, and I don't think he'll jump out the window like that. Plus, I'm prepared for it." Game added with a laugh, "With his age and where he's at with his career, he might be too reserved to entertain [a challenge], and I respect that."
Noting that he pushed the envelope forward, Game declared, "I just did a single to a mixtape to promote my album. It's business; it ain't personal."
Game's R.E.D. album is planned for August 23 release, with a promotional mixtape in the next two weeks.