The Game Reminisces About Career and Life in Compton at ‘The Making of The Documentary 2′ Screening [EXCLUSIVE]
With the release of the Game's The Documentary 2 going down in a few weeks, the Compton rapper is putting the finishing touches on the project. Fans already know who he's collaborating with on the long-awaited record after he debuted the track list last week and now he's going a step further to bring them even further into his world. On Monday night (Sept. 21) at the Angelika Film Center in New York City, Game gave a theater full of journalists, radio personalities and friends a behind-the-scenes look at the making of his new album through a documentary.
Naturally titled The Making of 'The Documentary 2', the film takes us into the studios of Cool and Dre in Miami, which Game calls "my second home," as well as will.i.am's studios -- a work station that looks like a space ship. With Dr. Dre takes the helm on the production end, he makes a number of appearances in the film and gets lots of praise and thanks from Game during the Q&A a the theater, which was hosted by friend and famed photographer and director, Jonathan Mannion, who shot both Documentary album covers.
"From being a kid who only got to see Dr. Dre and Eazy-E at a toy drive or something like that," Game revealed during the chat. "[And] to go from that to working right under Dre and him being my mentor, for me, has always been real huge to me. And Dr. Dre man, it doesn't get more 100 than Dr. Dre. A lot of people might have some s--- to say this way or that way, but don't say it out like because there will be a problem. That dude gave me the opportunity to be someone. People don't come along in somebody's life and be able to change their life. What he did for me was major. It really helped me to mold me."
There were also a number of collaborators, industry heads, Los Angeles radio hosts and friends who make cameos in the documentary including Future, DJ Quik, Keyshia Cole, Jason Derulo, Ty Dolla $ign, Stevie J and Fat Joe among others. The film hops around from the strip clubs in Miami to the studios in Los Angeles and to Game's neighborhood in Compton where he and Drake filmed the video for "100."
While talking to Mannion, Game admitted that he didn't know the mechanics and technicalities of being a rapper when he first started rapping over 10 years ago. Instead, he would spit lyrics in cyphers for what seemed like forever and boggle everyone's mind who heard him. "When I did my first demo, it didn't have no hooks," he said. "I just didn't know when to stop. So when I was recording, the engineer was like, 'Yo, the song is over. Three minutes and 30 seconds were good, and I didn't understand any of that."
Despite his inexperience in the industry, he continued to grow and learn but made a few mistakes along the way. And one that he won't ever forget is the fact that he didn't wear one very useful accessory. "I still didn't have a belt though," Game said while reminiscing over a photo Mannion took for The Documentary album packaging in 2005. "Do you see this? For the first five years of my career, it was so stupid." The rapper shook his head as the audience laughed.
With over a decade in the hip-hop world, Game really has made his mark as well as forged his way toward being one of the greats, which he hopes will really coming to fruition in the next 10 years.
"I always kind of model my career after Ice Cube and Dre and see the steps that they took," he said. "Dre's 50, and I'm 35. So by the time I'm 50, I want to be doing this or that. I live according to how I feel when I brush my teeth in the morning. You never know when God's going to remove you from earth. So I try to just live my life to the fullest. I'm so involved in my children's lives that I know in 10 years, I'm going to be who I am."
The Documentary 2 drops on Oct. 9.
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