The Game is gearing up to finally unleash his Drillmatic: Heart Vs. Mind album, and hours prior to the project’s arrival the Compton native has unveiled the tracklisting.
Set to be released on Friday (August 12), the star-studded 30-song LP is executive produced by Hit-Boy, and features the likes of Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Meek Mill, Moneybagg Yo, NBA YoungBoy and the late Nipsey Hussle.
Other artists that appear on Drillmatic include Roddy Ricch, 2 Chainz, Pusha T, Rick Ross, Chris Brown, Jeremih, Cassi, Chloe Bailey, G Herbo, YG, Big Sean, Cam’ron, Blueface, Blxst, Fivio Foreign, Ty Dolla $ign and more.
One of the tracks on Drillmatic is the scathing Eminem diss track “The Black Slim Shady,” which hears Game fire off a 10-minute-plus tongue lashing in the direction of Marshall Mathers.
The record begins with a skit centered around an Uber driver who’s been tasked with driving Game to a mysterious location in Detroit, although it’s “somewhere near 8 Mile.” Game later discovers the driver is the brother of Stan, the fictional die-hard Eminem fan who dies at the end of the Detroit rapper’s 2000 hit “Stan.”
Drillmatic serves as Game’s 10th studio album. He worked extensively on the project alongside Hit-Boy, who in addition to being EP, ended up producing five records on it.
“You motivated me to do this shit.. you deserve all the thanks my n-gga !!!!!! I won’t ever forget this,” Game wrote in an Instagram comment under Hit-Boy’s post promoting Drillmatic.
Prior to the album’s release, Game set the bar very high for the album, dubbing Drillmatic as 2022’s “album of the year.”
— HipHopDX (@HipHopDX) August 12, 2022
“DRILLMATIC the REAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR out everywhere midnight Friday, August 12th !!!!” he wrote. “I promise I’m going 30 for 30 no skips !!!! As Hit-Boy would say… ‘issa 30 clip’ !!!!”
Raising hype around the project, The Game paid the L.A. Leakers a visit last month and ripped a freestyle over a never-before-heard Hit-Boy beat.
Game name-dropped several of his rap contemporaries throughout including Hip Hop dignitaries such as Kanye West, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Dr. Dre and more.
“Ain’t no competition, so Kendrick went to Africa/ Ain’t no competition Cole went and got his baskets up/ But I’m here masking up, with the masking tape, fiends knocking on the door, we closed, don’t ask for Ye/ You see the Aftermath chains then don’t ask for Dre/ I’m a legend now, fuck when I pass away,” he raps.