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The Game Doesn’t Regret Saying Kanye West Helped His Career More Than Dr. Dre

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The Game has no regrets about his controversial comments on Drink Champs, where he claimed that Kanye West had helped his career more than Dr. Dre ever did. In a recent interview with DJ Vlad, the Compton rapper admitted that alcohol influenced his decision to criticize Dre, but said he was “just speaking” his truth.

“I was on Drink Champs and you should just understand that the first word in Drink Champs is ‘Drink,'” Game said. “I was drinking, but at the end of the day, I felt like at that time, Ye was doing a lot for me that he didn’t necessarily have to do. Ye has always been there for me and always had my back.”

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“What I can say about Dre is, Dre hasn’t always had my back, and for good reason. Dre has to protect the interest of Dr. Dre, and there were times when Ye had to protect the interest of Ye, but he just didn’t care. He’d rather just go to bat for me. So that was basically the premise of what I was saying. I was just speaking my truth. It was my truth, because I have to protect the interest of Game, and so that was how I felt.”

Despite the remarks, The Game believes Dre understood the context and wouldn’t be offended if they met today. 

“I’m pretty sure that when Dre heard it, he didn’t feel slighted. He knew where it was coming from, because I talk to him every so often. So it wasn’t like I was just picking on Dre. I know that he understood where that came from when I said it, and  if I saw Dr. Dre today, I don’t think that he would feel any way about what I said. I feel like he would understand and he knows where it came from, and we would give each other that dap and that hug and sh** would just go on. But that’s my relationship with Dr. Dre. I don’t care about what nobody on the internet who don’t know either one of us feels. I really don’t, and you’re not me. You’re not walking in my Air Force Ones, and you don’t have a relationship with Dr. Dre that you wish you did, but you just can’t be me. So I have to speak for me, and I’m going to speak my truth, no matter who it affects. I’m going to say what I have to say.”

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During his 2022 appearance on Drink Champs, a bitter Game said that Kanye West, who collaborated with him on the single “Eazy”, had done more for him throughout his career than Dr. Dre ever did. He made the comments after Dre excluded him from the Super Bowl LVI Pepsi Halftime Show.

“It’s crazy that Ye did more for me in the last two weeks than Dre did for me my whole career,” Game told N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN. He later clarified on the “Bars and Nuggets” podcast to being drunk when he made the remark. 

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“So basically, I was hollering at N.O.R.E. and them a little inebriated,” he said. “And I said some things that I meant. I’m not going to take it back – I ain’t no sucker. But having Dre do anything for your project, anything in your career, touch any part of anything you’re doing in life, is such a blessing that I shall not ever s**t on that again.”

The Game went on to say he hasn’t ‘talked to Dre since’, adding: “It don’t really matter if we talk again in life. Like, I’m a standup Compton, L.A. n**** and it is what it is.

“I said what I said, I’m not going back on it. It’s just that… I should have actually gave him more grace for what he did do and that was actually mentoring me and doing things that nobody else could have done for me in my career.”

The Game said his work with Kanye was ‘life-changing’ for him in the moment, and concluded: “I based it on Dre’s lack thereof because I took the business part personal and I should have left it business. But Dre is Dre, bro. We all know what Dr. Dre do.”

Elsewhere, in his interview with VladTV, Game explained how Kanye West ended up on “Eazy.” 

“That n**** just walked in the studio out of nowhere and the crazy part about it is, let me tell you this sh**. I was on my way to the studio [to] do a lot

of recording at chalice that’s just my home studio… I was driving to the studio and I saw a n**** that I thought looked like Kanye just walking down Highland, but I was like f*** no it’s not Kanye bro it’s not Kanye. 

“So I went to the studio and I started working and I swear, like 20 minutes later the dude that I saw walking down Highland with that outfit on walked in the studio and it was Kanye. So, Ye was just walking down Highland to the studio and I asked him about it and he was just like, ‘I don’t know.’ That’s literally what he said. He just like, ‘I don’t know, I just left the hotel and start walking’ … he walked, he used the walking directions in the maps bro.

“Ye is a special guy. He walked to the studio. I just happened to be playing “Eazy” and he was like ‘I want to get on this’ and so we wrote him a verse and he got on.”

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