The Game Says He Was Insulted By Not Being Invited To Perform At The Super Bowl + Calls Out Dr. Dre For Not Including More California Artists: I Am L.A. I’m in The Streets
Rap artist The Game is opening up about being left out of this years iconic L.A. based Super Bowl half time performance.
While visiting the I Am Athlete podcast, the Compton rapper discussed feelings of disappointment with Dr. Dre, after the hip-hop producer failed to call on him to participate in the coveted sports entertainment performance. Dr. Dre, a fellow Compton artist, put together an all-star cast to join the 12 minute set. Included, were West Coast artists Snoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar, as well as non-L.A. performers connected to Dr. Dre, such as Eminem, Mary J. Blige, and 50 Cent.
Jayceon ‘The Game‘ Taylor, 40, says he was “hurt” by Dre’s selection, however iconic it may be. Specifically, the rapper says the insult came due to not including more California musicians in the line up. He stated:
“Outside of myself, I also think that YG should’ve been on the Super Bowl. If it was a New York Super Bowl you might’ve saw JAY-Z, you might’ve saw Nas, you might’ve saw Mary J. and Fivio Foreign and Alicia Keys….Snoop is an icon, Dre is an icon, Em is an icon — but Em is not from L.A., 50 is not from L.A. I’m not taking away from the fact that they were on the Super Bowl, but L.A. n-ggas wouldn’t have been on a Detroit Super Bowl or New York Super Bowl. It just wouldn’t have happened.”
“I’m not taking away from the fact that they were on the Super Bowl, but L.A. n-ggas wouldn’t have been on a Detroit Super Bowl or New York Super Bowl. It just wouldn’t have happened….I was hurt by that.”
The “California Vacation” artist, whose 2005 debut album The Documentary was produced by Dre, also offered his thoughts on why he think the hip-hop icon discounted him from the half time roster. Explaining how he isn’t perceived as a “safe” artist, he stated:
“The real reason I wasn’t on the Super Bowl is because I’m not a ‘safe’ artist….You don’t know what Game gon’ do when he get up there.”
“They went with the ‘safe’ artists….Snoop Dogg was there because Snoop Dogg is safe, and he a legend. My grandmother knows Snoop! And so do my children.”
Though Dre arguably helped launch his career, The Game made headlines earlier this year, after stating that music mogul Kanye West has done more for him in two weeks than Dre. did his entire career. Dr. Dre never responded publicly to the comment.
Ultimately, The Game says that while he is no longer upset by the performance snub, he only wishes that his former producer reached out and explained to him the situation. He stated:
“I feel like Dre should’ve called and said why. I would’ve understood that because I talk to Dre often. I just know if I was Dre and he was Game, he would’ve been up there. That’s just it, it’s L.A. And I am L.A. I’m in the streets.”
“Am I bothered by it today? I’m not bothered by it today….It was an amazing Super Bowl and it was a win for our culture as a whole. I just felt like if it was going to be in L.A. like, n-gga, you know.”