The Game admits it was “offended” by being excluded from the Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show.
The rapper, who was raised by Compton, revisited the subject in an upcoming episode of I Athlete with Brandon Marshall, Pacman Jones and Nick Swaggy P Young. Although he saw the halftime show as “a win for culture,” he insisted he deserved a spot on stage with other Los Angeles artists.
“The main reason I wasn’t at the Super Bowl [Halftime Show] is because I’m not a ‘safe’ artist,” he explained in a teaser. “You don’t know what the Game will do when you get out there. So, just like ‘He’s not safe’, so they went with safe artists. ”
The show was performed exclusively by 50 Cent and Anderson by Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Eminem and Mary J. Blige. Paak. Many saw the performance as a love letter to Los Angeles rap culture, even though many of the artists were not from the region. The Game said it believes it should be on the show alongside Compton native YG.
The Game Thinks He Deserves
“We, on the West Coast, are the only motherfuckers who have this crab-in-a-barrel mentality, where we wanna keep n***as down …” he explained. “Snoop Dogg is icon. Dre is icon. Em is an icon, but Em is not from L.A. 50 is not from L.A. I’m not taking away from the fact that they’re were on the Super Bowl, but L.A. [artists] wouldn’t have been in the Detroit Super Bowl or New York Super Bowl. It just wouldn’t have happened … L.A., L.A., L.A. all around the Super Bowl and I didn’t get the call.”
When asked how that made him feel, the Game said, “I was hurt by that.”
The Game said he had no issues with the performers, but believes Dre should’ve at least contacted him to explain why he wasn’t included.
“I talk to Dre often. I just know if I was Dre and he was Game, he would’ve been up there,” he continued. “That’s just it. It’s L.A. I am L.A. I’m in the streets … So, yeah, I was hurt. Now am I bothered by it today? I’m not bothered by it today.”
You can hear the Game’s comments in the preview above. The full episode airs at noon ET Monday.
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