The Game prepares for the release of his forthcoming tenth studio album, Drillmatic, with a new song titled “Violence.” Produced by Hit-Boy, who serves as the executive producer of the project, the record seemingly sets the tone for the project and cements Game’s statements about this being one of his best albums to date.
Teased hours ahead of its release, “Violence” sees Game bringing real rap back with several witty lyrics and references that fans alike will certainly pick up on. In the song’s opening verse, he raps, “Free Young Thug so I can reverse the bar I gave Jigga on ‘One Blood’ / Still fresh like, ah / Coke White Air Forces got me dressed like Young.” The line is a clear nod to Young Thug’s recent arrest on RICO charges earlier this year, which saw him and other members of YSL like Gunna incarcerated with no bond.
The Game also calls back to his 2006 song “It’s Okay (One Blood)” remix, where he raps, “Hip-hop ain’t dead, it just took a couple shots / I bring it back to life, give it a couple shocks / The king comin’, no, I’m not Jay-Z.” The line is seemingly not a diss towards Young Thug or Hov, but rather an observation of how many of hip-hop’s biggest artists are being sentenced to jail, subsequently leaving fans of the genre with few artists to carry the torch.
“Violence” arrives months removed from the January release of The Game’s collaboration with Kanye West on “Eazy.” The song made headlines after Ye sent shots at Pete Davidson and rapped about his divorce from Kim Kardashian. Both songs are slated to appear on Drillmatic, which is now slated to release in July. In the meantime, listen to the song below.