Game's upcoming "The R.E.D." album has been delayed numerous times and still has no set release date, but the California rapper says he isn't jaded. In fact, he feels he's still "one of the last artists that really cares about hip-hop."
"I just think that every now and then in hip hop, there's a dead space so we need some substance," he tells Billboard.com's The Juice. "I think that I just might be one of the last artists that really cares about hip hop and not rap, not the culture, not poppin' bottles, not the cars, chains, broads, I just actually care about nurturing and giving back to this sort of foundation on which I grew up on, which is real hip-hop."
While Aftermath/Interscope figures out the situation with the album's street date, Game continues to release music via the internet to hold his fans off. He recently released mixtapes "Purp & Patron" and "The Hangover," which include 44 songs combined. "I think that Purp & Patron has done a good job of sort of calming my fans, giving them something that they could just run with," he says. "People are already waiting on R.E.D. but this is just another reminder that I make good music."
As for "R.E.D.," which stands for the rededication, Game says it's "20 times better than the mixtape. The last year and a half, I've taken my time. R.E.D. is sort of my baby and I want to make sure that I water my seeds and I lay the foundation for R.E.D. with my mixtapes."
The album features production from Pharrell, who is executive producer on the set, as well as Dr. Dre. Justin Timberlake, Nelly Furtado, Lupe Fiasco, Snoop Dogg, Robin Thicke, Beanie Sigel, Rick Ross and Jay Electronica make guest appearances so far.
"The 'R.E.D.' album is going to remind everybody of what hip-hop is supposed to be in its prime," says Game. "The 'R.E.D.' album will be the best album this year hands down. There's nobody putting out an album this year that will even be able to compete with the skill level-- the bar is gonna be set after this album drops. I guarantee it now from start to finish."