The Game Calls Current Rap Game ‘Watered Down,’ Blames J. Cole

The Game is not impressed with the current rap feud between Drake and Kendrick Lamar.

The Compton rapper — who has been in his fair share of rap beefs — reacted to a tweet from The Joe Budden Podcast co-host Officially Ice in which he says he wants someone to go at The Game so we fans “can see what a proper diss record looks like.”

The Game responded, saying that the reason no rappers go at him is because his “level of disrespect has no limit” and he can “actually rap rap.” Moreover, he says that the rap game overall is not the same as the one he came into because fans are unable to objectively pick a winner. Instead, he says, “fans gone choose up with whatever artists is currently safe for the culture to love.”

He then goes on to blame J. Cole for turning a rap game that he views as watered down into “Kool-Aid [with] no sugar” because he apologized to Kendrick Lamar onstage of the 2024 Dreamville Festival. His comments must have struck a nerve, because the West Coast MC doubled down in his Instagram Stories, saying, “Idk who softer these days these rap n—s or the rap fans.”

That said, many fans agreed with Game’s sentiment. The wrinkle of songs possibly being AI have made things equally interesting and annoying. Also, the way music is consumed today has given fans the expectation that diss tracks should be recorded and sent out ASAP. Then there’s J. Cole’s apology, which rubbed listeners and some of his peers the wrong way. All of these variables have turned many fans off of the whole beef.

The Game took a more diplomatic approach to the Drake and Kendrick beef when talking to HipHopDX in 2022. In an interview about his Drake-featuring single “100,” The Game, when asked who he got, said, “I don’t know, man. Kendrick is just too f—ing incredible. And then Drake is so dope too. I mean, I would just like to be a fan of the moment and sit back and watch two of the greatest artists of all time have a go,” he answered when asked who would win in a battle.

The Game has beefed with a plethora of rappers throughout his career, including 50 Cent, Eminem, Jay-Z, Joe Budden, Young Thug and many more.

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