The Top Ten Failed First Singles Off The Game's The R.E.D. Album

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This list began as a joke, but the longer I contemplated it, the more depressing its basic concept became. Consider: not only could I easily string together ten of Game's fruitless attempts to force label executives to release The R.E.D. Album, his followup to 2008's LAX; I had to make decisions about which ten to include. If you can think of a more damning condemnation of both commercial gangsta-rapper woes and major-label wastefulness, I'm all ears.

For mid-level major-label rappers like Game, keeping your fans satisfied while they wait impatiently for a product you keep desperately promising is right around the corner has become a melancholy fact of life. Unless you currently have at least two Top Ten hits currently floating in the radio-playlist soup, your album is a theoretical construct, no more "around the corner" than universal health care.

Indeed, for major labels, releasing rap albums has become a process frighteningly similar in outline to signing major legislation—months of dead space, a brief flurry of activity and heady promises, then, finally, inexplicable stalls, dashed hopes, and disillusionment. Repeat. There are several well-established coping strategies; for instance, mixtapes made of the latest scraps from the album's cutting room floor, a cost-eating and humiliating exercise for all involved and the album-release equivalent of showing up with an expensive present the day after you missed your kid's birthday. Other viable options include: ranting about your predicament on Twitter and wallowing in the sympathy of your followers; or working with any and every producer the label sends your way, in hopes that a Bruno Mars hook will finally bring mercy from the gods.

Game has tried all of these methods, except, it must be said, for pitching unseemly Twitter fits. The ultimate company man, he has kept admirably cool while the years pass by; instead, when asked about the delays in interviews, he responds with aplomb. In the meantime, he has been furiously recording with anyone and everyone, racking up studio-time costs.

It doesn't help, of course, that Game has the most water-soluble identity in hip-hop; whoever you place him next to is who he will sound like for those three minutes, and despite a discerning ear for quality production, he never sounds at home in his own songs. On some level, his label's instincts are right: The R.E.D. Album—which is now, for real, coming out on August 23 (or so Game claims)—will tank. The problem is that everyone involved has no idea what to do about it. Consider this list, then, a breadcrumb trail that results when a past-his-prime rapper and a major media conglomerate find themselves locked into a toxic, failed marriage.

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fk_h8rs
fk_h8rs

damn this is the wackest blog ive seen in a while...person that wrote this is a dumb ass critic

Sacosta1129
Sacosta1129

NOT ALL OF THESE WERE SINGLES!!! I want to kno the motive an purpose behind this article???....

STAN HATER
STAN HATER

Game isn't signed to Aftermath or Interscope you idiots. He's still on Geffen, look at the details of his single. As a matter of fact, these most all were failed singles. The links below prove it.

http://rhap.com/#/artist/the-g... <--- Proof Game is still on Geffen

http://www.mtv.com/news/articl... <--- Game went on radio and Twitter saying this was a single

http://www.rap-up.com/2011/01/... <--- Game also went on radio saying this was the single, no one felt it

http://www.57thave.com/?p=1958... <--- Property of Interscope Records tag

http://thisizgame.ning.com/for... <--- Again, another single. Video was even shot for it, wasn't it?

Basically, the only two that weren't singles were Bottles and Rockin' J's and White Soft Porn - other than that, totally on point.

Dijofdijhfd
Dijofdijhfd

LOL so much effort into being a hater! there's a reason game was picked back up by interscope ma man.. he sells, half of these werent singles, and hey ther just tryna find that ONE single, Interscope & aftermath hav high expectations for the nigga they want a perfect single thats all it is, nuthn to do with the actualy album dumbass lol

Bussy
Bussy

Most of these aren't singles...

A nigger with a gun
A nigger with a gun

ur a dumb cunt 5 of these are off mixtapes and were never intended to be singles... retard... get out of ur mothers basement now cmon its sunny... go play with ur imaginary friend lmao or else fastforward a few years and kill yourself RED Album will be album of the year... hopefully you'll be hanging from the ceilling in that basement of yours on august 24th

A nigger with a gun
A nigger with a gun

ur a dumb cunt 5 of these are off mixtapes and were never intended to be singles... retard... get out of ur mothers basement now cmon its sunny... go play with ur imaginary friend lmao or else fastforward a few years and kill yourself

RED Album will be album of the year... hopefully you'll be hanging from the ceilling in that basement of yours on august 24th

C'Mon Son (Ed Lover Voice)
C'Mon Son (Ed Lover Voice)

Well.. ur obviously a Game fan, I agree with u on some of these songs just being off mixtapes (Slangin Rocks, White Soft Porn) but come on, do u REALLY believe w/o a doubt that The R.E.D. Album is not gonna pushed back for the umpteenth time? And R.E.D. is definitely not gonna be the album of the year, i'm not even gonna give that to Watch The Throne or Tha Carter IV

Young Scuba
Young Scuba

Asher Roth sounds like 2002 era Eminem on "WSP". I thought "Shake" would've been on this list

pubas neck
pubas neck

bizarre list! most of these were ever anything remotely to do with the red album...

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