Rapper Game surprised as the romantic lead of Nicki Minaj‘s “Pills N Potions” video. There, he obliges to draping fur over his bare chest, biting on one of Minaj’s bunny ears and, most importantly, gazing wistfully at the Pink Print femcee’s direction. In short, he did the complete opposite of what he’s done as of late: maintain the tough-gangsta persona of his West Coast upbringing, but with groan-worthy beefs that now overshadows his (otherwise respectable) musical output.
Then came “Bigger Than Me,” a misogynistic diss track that declares him to be the black Marshall Mathers (he’s gotten over his beef with Eminem, see), takes aim at XXL‘s new Freshmen class wholesale, and while calling out Frank Ocean in the process: “Tampon lyricists, evacuate the premises / Mute BET cyphers, because I don’t want to hear that shit / May be you rest in piss, f— n—-s / hey Frank Ocean, go ahead and f— these f— n—-s.” He ends by suggesting that Miguel sing to his song. Pardon?
Rap isn’t the same as when the Game initially came up, as a member of 50 Cent‘s G-Unit crew. Unlike a decade or so ago, when he started beefing with G-Unit itself (the crew’s now planning a reunion, without him), such diss tracks may have had more clout. But in 2014, and with its sole purpose being to pick on rappers half his age, “Bigger Than Me” is all bluster — nothing but embarrassingly dated as a concept, even while taking aim at recent cover stars.
Plus, at least with “Pills N Potions,” music fans got to see a new, unexpected side to Game. With “Bigger Than Me,” Game only stresses that he is nothing without his shameless ploys for attention. Hear the song and see a sneak peek of its forthcoming video below.
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