Once upon a time, gangster rapper Game had preconceived notions about eccentric rapper/producer Pharrell Williams—and vice versa. But the two have since put aside their differences; Williams is the executive producer of Game's fourth studio album, "R.E.D.," due Feb. 16 on Interscope Records.

"It was the most hood album I had until Pharrell came in and took over," the Compton, Calif.-raised artist says about the collaboration. "Don't get me wrong—this album is still hood. I would describe it as the beauty of the sky meets the gangster of the streets. It's just got a bit more color to it."

Williams isn't the only mixmaster contributing beats to "R.E.D." Cool and Dre, DJ Khalil and Dr. Dre all lend their production efforts, while Beanie Sigel, Rick Ross, Justin Timberlake and Robin Thicke make guest appearances.

Songs on the album include "It Must Be Me," which finds Game bragging about the luxuries of his life over an "N.W.A. mixed with an eclectic beat"; "Pussy Fight," featuring Lil Wayne protégé Nicki Minaj ("When you hear her on it, you'll understand why she was perfect for it"); and "Lost," which "describes the relationship between my father and I and my sister in depth like I've never done before."

1 What does the album title mean?

It was a title Pharrell and I came up with. It was like where I am at in my career. My last album felt like it might've been my last album, but it turned out not to be. So, this album is the rededication—to myself and to what I care about, like my friends, my family, my city, my hood, my genre and rap.

2 How did you link up with Williams for this album?

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