By Kathy Iandoli
The wait hasn’t been quite as long as Detox, but the Doctor’s Advocate has finally leaked his first single off the long-awaited The R.E.D. Album.
The track is called “Red Nation,” an obvious nod to the Bloods (and the whole “color scheme” of Game’s fourth studio album). Produced by Cool & Dre, the song features a sample of the classic club hit “Zombie Nation” by Kernkraft 400 and has Wayne on the hook. Game delivers sharp lyrics like N–gas will trade they soul to be Drake or J. Cole / Live and die for this s–t, word to Tupac Shakur’s halo, as Game re-introduces his new moniker, Charles Louboutin and refers to himself as “Malcolm X before he turned Muslim”.
Fans are already marking this lead single as a spring into summer anthem.
“The Red Nation track by Game and Wayne gonna start a lot of fights this summer lol,” @JerseyLP predicts. “Dis game n lil wayne track is tuff,” continues @cemorecake718.
While Lil Wayne plays a secondary role on the new single, some are none too thrilled by his presence. “Man why must freakin wayne be on the game single,” one fan @mavoh asks. Others don’t appreciate Wayne’s gang insinuations, as he shouts on the hook “Now Blood the f**k up!” “Listening to this new Game single…Wayne needs to cut that Fake Blood s–t out!” @Sincere973 says. Others turned right to Game about the matter. “@thegame red nation was good till I heard that crying voice they call lil wayne, that dude is garbage,” @DaRealTwiggZ states directly to the source. “Really game why you get that clown.”
Not everyone is bothered by Wayne’s contribution, as @aKiDnamedHENNY tweets “Game and Wayne compliment each other.”
The R.E.D. Album has been subject to multiple pushbacks, with the latest release being third or fourth quarter of this year. “Red Nation” is definitely a good start.
In the interim, Game has released four mixtapes: The Red Room, Brake Lights, Purp & Patron, and Purp & Patron: The Hangover all with DJ Skee.