The Game Reveals Cover Art & Tracklist For ‘Born 2 Rap’
Released on his 40th birthday, the title for Game’s ninth and final album, Born 2 Rap, comes from the fact he never wanted to be a rapper growing up and only used hip-hop as a means to get himself out of the hood. With 18 years in the game and 9 number-one albums in his catalog, The Game’s destiny was to become a west coast legend.
“Born 2 Rap, it’s almost like everybody is born with a purpose. You don’t really know at what point in your life you’re going to figure that out. Or [if] your purpose going to find you or you’re going to find it. But I feel like for me to be the caliber emcee [that] I am and to be in the game for so long, and to have the type of catalog that I have, like, I mean, it had to always be there. You can’t just, you know, just wait until you 20 years old and turn into LeBron, it just don’t happen. You gotta work and you gotta be that.”
While recovering from gunshot wounds he received during a home invasion in 2001, 21-year old Jayceon Taylor saw an episode of 106 & Park on BET that featured Shyne, a rapper who reminded the Compton native of himself, and that’s what steered him toward a career in hip-hop.
“With rap, it was a little different because I never rapped, I never worked on it, I never practiced, I never went to a studio until watching that one 106 & Park episode. So, from that to now, man, it’s just always been a dream.”
This month is shaping up to be a big one for Hip-Hop releases. On November 29th, the final New Music Friday before December, The Game will put out what is supposedly his final studio album in Born 2 Rap.
Back in the summer, he did an interview where he revealed some of the big names making guest appearances on the LP and tonight, we see the full list along with the track list and the cover art. In his Instagram posts, he explains why the album is 24 tracks long, some of the significance of the cover and more. You can check it all out below.
Intro) ‘Sead Of Sin’ (Feat. Ed Sheeran)
1) ‘No Smoke’ (Feat. Miguel & Travis Barker)
2) ‘Five Hundred Dollar Candles’ (Feat. Dom Kennedy)
3) ‘The Ligt’
4) ‘Carmen Electra’ (Feat. Mozzy, OBSE Chill & Tobi)
5) ‘Dead Homies’ (Feat. Red Cafe)
6) ‘Gold Daytonas’ (Feat. Dom Kennedy)
8) ’40 Ounce Love’ (Feat. Just Liv)
9) ‘Gucci Flip Flops’
10) ‘Born 2 Rap’
11) ‘Welcome Home’ (Feat. Nipsey Hussle)
12) (Interlude) ‘Help Me’ (Feat. Sly)
13) ‘I Didn’t Wanna Write This Song’ (Feat. Marsha Ambrosius)
14) ‘The Code’ (Feat. 21 Savage)
15) ‘Stay Down’ (Feat. Bryson Tiller)
16) ‘Hug The Block’
17) ‘Ask For Me’
18) ‘Stainless‘ (Feat. Anderson .Paak)
19) ‘Gangstas Make The Girls Go Wild’ (Feat. Chris Brown)
20) ‘Blood Thicker Than Water’ (Feat. Trey Songz)
21) ‘Rewind It’
22) ‘One Life’ (Feat. J. Stone & Masego)
23) ‘Cross On Jesus Back’ (Feat. D Smoke)
24) ‘Roadside’ (Feat. Ed Sheeran)