Game Talks Drew League, New Album & More With ESPN
Game says his "California Republic" mixtape only cost him about $10,000, speaks on how he secured guest appearances for the project.
On top of his music career Compton rapper Game has garnered quite the reputation for his involvement in the Drew League, a California-based summer basketball league that kicks off its 39th season this year. Game is currently the only person in the league with two teams this season.
“It's just good fun, coming out for the kids and the neighborhoods,” said Game during an interview with ESPN’s Playbook. “I've already talked to countless NBA friends of mine and everybody's excited about it and really waiting to come back…Metta World Peace ... James Harden plays in the league. Monta Ellis said he's gonna come out this summer for the kids and all that. I've got a bunch of NBA verbal commitments, which is cool, so we'll see what's up.”
Just last month Game released California Republic a mixtape that featured appearances from artists including Rick Ross, Snoop Dogg, Pharrell Williams, and more. During his interview with ESPN, Game also spoke on how he was able to secure so many guest appearances for his project.
“If you've got a good rapport with all these hip-hop stars, and made a bunch of friends over the span of your career like I have, you can pretty much get a feature from anybody -- Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Chris Brown -- for free,” Game explained. “We just do it on consignment. Do me a favor, I'll owe you one. It's just for a mixtape, so nobody's really sweating the cash…I'll end up spending a little under 10 grand out of my own pocket to get all my fans this free music.”
Despite just releasing a mixtape and managing two Drew League teams Game is still at work on his next studio album which will be titled F.I.V.E.
“I'm going back and forth with Interscope getting the numbers correct and release dates in place, and just the everyday logistics of trying to get my fifth album on the shelves,” said Game. “We're going to figure out the budget, then I'm going to start working. The album's called F.I.V.E., which is an acronym, which stands for "Fear Is Victory's Evolution" and there's a whole bunch behind that, too. I'm just working.”