EXCLUSIVE – The Game teamed up with Drake in 2015 for “100” off his The Documentary 2 album, with many fans debating whether Drizzy’s verse took shots at Kendrick Lamar with the line, “I would have all of your fans if I didn’t go pop and I stayed on some conscious shit.” During a recent interview with HipHopDX, The Game said he didn’t feel like any direct shots were taken, but doesn’t have a problem if anything subliminal was thrown in.
“I didn’t feel like that,” he said. “And if I did, I wouldn’t have put the song out. Like I said, Kendrick’s my brother – I love him too. But if Drake was subliminal and slipped something in, again, he’s one of the best to ever do it, so it’s Hip Hop. Even Kendrick is lyrically equipped to catch any stray and return fire, so I think at the end of the day, it’s all good Hip Hop. It ain’t like Kendrick and Drake are about to go into a street war or something like that.
“If Drake was taking subliminals at Kendrick on that song and Kendrick wanted to return something, I think that would be great for Hip Hop. I think that sometimes, rap battles, even subliminally in different songs, are healthy for Hip Hop too. ‘Cause if you think about, or no matter how you think about it, it’s a competition. There’s only one No. 1 spot at the top of the Billboard or the top of any chart, everybody wants to have it.”
He added, “So you know, climbing the ladder, knocking people down, kicking people off, it’s just part of the competitive nature of music as a whole.”