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The foremost Pick Me in hip-hop today has finally given up asking 50 Cent to reignite their mid-aughts feud. “Because 50 can’t rap, so I’ve gotta go a level up and challenge the better rapper,” he rationalized in an April interview on Fresh Pair, leaving out the part where 50 Cent was too busy building a TV empire to respond. “Nobody really takes shots at Eminem off this pre-conceived notion that he’s better than everybody. Well I want action, and I want it today.”
You’d be forgiven for wondering what kind of “action” he’s looking for, especially after he added, “If you’re a ‘rap god,’ control me. Put me down. Put me in my place.” Is that clear? He just wants rap daddy to hold him down and tell him he’s been a very naughty boy.
A student of hip-hop history — he didn’t call himself The Game for nothing — the 42-year-old wants to recreate the era-defining beefs of the past. “I’m talkin’ about Hov and Nas, I’m talkin’ about ‘Takeover’ and ‘Ether.’ Because one of them has to feel like they won. I’m just sayin’ let’s have our moment, or I’m gonna have it by myself.”
Except that he hasn’t figured out how to have it by himself, which is how we landed at “The Black Slim Shady,” 10-minutes of Grade-D beef that finds The Game slinging a few lazy insults in Marshall Mathers’ direction while dropping so many references to Em’s discography it’s a surprise the track doesn’t end with him rubbing his hero’s feet.
The track is framed around Matthew, an Uber driver who happens to be Stan’s younger brother, and who picks up a gun-toting Game on his way to Marshall Mathers’ house. The Game’s idea of one-upmanship is as literal is it gets; he raps about being, “Shadier than him/ Crazier than Kim,” because apparently adding the letters “e-r” is the extent of his wit.
The whole point of a diss track is to go bar for bar, so let’s check in on the lyrics. Eminem famously loves to rhyme with orange; marvel as The Game not only references this without matching the feat, but also apparently forgets how to rhyme at all. “So silence, I’m— I’m thinkin’, uh, mm, yeah/ Nothin’ rhymes with orange/ So ficky-ficky Slim Shady, please, stand up,” he says. That’s bad, but perhas not quite as astounding as when he rhymes “8 Mile” with “eight miles,” as if adding the “s” is the next best thing besides an “e-r.”
The Game rarely talks about himself, maybe for good reason. He raps, “My intellect is NFTs and Cryptos,” perhaps in reference to his recent plunging value.
There are nods to Marshall Mather’s mother and her spaghetti, to renegades and JAY-Z, to closets that need cleaning out, to the “list” of great rapper’s Em shared on “‘Til I Collapse,” and to Hailie, who is in the Uber and saying, “I’m scared,” in the voice she once said, “Da da?” Throughout, The Game puts on different voices and mixes up his flows, trying to prove that he could have been big with Eminem’s schtick, if only he’d thought of it first.
In the end, this imitation is probably meant to be flattery. Behaving nastily to 50 Cent never worked, and the thing he’s asking for — a battle of wits — would really be a favor from superstar to scuffling veteran. It’s as real as professional wrestling: The Game is now standing in the ring, his challenge issued, waiting to see if anyone comes running out of the tunnel. Check out “The Black Slim Shady” below.
“The Black Slim Shady” appears on The Game’s new album, DRILLMATIC Heart vs. Mind, out today, August 12th. The 30-track, two-hour album contains previous single “Eazy,” which features Kanye West, who released alternate videos so he could fictionally beat up Pete Davidson.