As the year comes to a close, you begin to see content related to the best “x” of 2018 everywhere.
Now, there isn’t anything wrong with that. I, in fact, am working on my own best of material at the time of this writing. Reminiscing on the past year is fun but it can become repetitive and exhausting. That’s why I decided to add some flare to the year-end lists. I already stay away from the typical best albums of the year and instead focused my attention to individual records.
In 2018, the music was overwhelming.
A lot of great music was released this year from the very beginning (Evidence’s Weather or Not) through today, that it was hard to listen to everything. It was easy for something to fall through the cracks. I am guilty of that but I did listen to a nice amount of music this year.
While I am currently working on my best of year-end lists, I decided on a side project a while back. I thought it’d be cool to listen to old music I never got around to, and identify those that I thought were interesting.
I was going to write down music I’d come across that was:
- Released prior to this year, and
- Not previously heard by me.
With an iTunes library of over 25,000 songs, I knew I was bound to find something I had not heard that I would love.
I put a bunch of stuff on my iPad and hit shuffle on the thousands of songs on there. Over the course of a few months, I had developed a small sample size of songs that I genuinely enjoyed.
Now, please find below one of those records I recently discovered that is dope.
This song is both dope and heart dropping.
The story shared by Game is incredible in the sense of having the strength to share it on a public platform with the world. Plus, it’s incredible that this actually took place, two different types of incredible.
Game paints a picture of his younger self witnessing the molestation and rape of his older stepsister…by his father, her stepfather. Game was seven. His sister was 11.
Just the thought of that is terrifying.
Game shares the same resentment and is disgusted he shares the same blood as him.
Now, I’ve been on and off with Game’s music since The Doctor’s Advocate. I’ve only heard bits and pieces of the albums released after that. Everything up to Jesus Piece was skipped except for a few records. Then, I only heard The Documentary 2 and The Documentary 2.5. It’s nothing against Game, it’s just a lot of music was at my disposal that things got overlooked.
I came across this record and was instantly attractive to it, thanks to the banging beat from Nottz. If you don’t immediately start bobbing your head back and forth, then you must not be alive. Then, a voice appears and begins singing. You can feel the pain behind the signing.
Additionally, the hook is fire!
Game starts rapping and it is over. He confesses his father’s departure, which has the listener thinking it’s another record about a broken home, but then Game tells us about that night.
Game ends his sole verse in disgust and disbelief that this is his father.
It must have been painful to record such a topic but I hope the music was therapy for Game and allowed him to cope.
Once I heard this song, I decided to check out the rest of this album.
Plus, this record’s dopeness, made me check out another one of his later albums before sparking a potential blog idea for the future post on Game’s album discography and its greatness.
(Photo Credit: Game’s Instagram)