The Game made waves this week by ponying up $500,000 of his hard-earned cash toward the Flint, Michigan water crisis, putting other celebs’ five-figure donations to shame.
“What I want celebrities to do is to stop saying, ‘I pledge water,’” The Game told The Daily Beast. “Talk is cheap. So I posted a picture of my wire transfer and I’ll post pictures of the water going into Flint every day until it’s done—not to brag, but to speak to the people who actually want to fix the problem.”
In addition to Flint, the Compton rapper weighed in on his ongoing beef with Atlanta’s Young Thug. For those not keeping track, after Thugger announced he was naming his mixtape Tha Carter VI—a blatant dig at Lil Wayne’s Carter series—The Game voiced his Team Wayne affiliation, announcing at a concert, “Anybody fuckin’ with Tune got a problem with me. I will fuck Young Thug up.” Weapon-brandishing threats were traded back and forth via Instagram video, as one does these days, and this week, Young Thug appeared on Sway in the Morning to lob even more verbal barbs at Game.
“Even Game, I don’t know what I’m gonna do when I see him. You gotta understand, you can’t look at no pictures and look at the media and the critics and what they saying on no internet,” said Young Thug. “I’ll battle with Game. I won’t battle with Plies. I’ll make a million songs with Game because we never really had a real problem. Me and Wayne had something going on. We never had nothing going on, but he thought we had something going on. So, he felt like that was his friend. So, he just wanted to be like a L.A. nigga.”
Well, The Game isn’t interested in battling Young Thug because he sees him as unworthy of the honor.
“We’ve got Game that’s a solidified almost legendary emcee in hip-hop, and then we’ve got Young Thug who’s not an emcee at all—just a trendy whatever you call ’em rapper that’ll be here today and gone tomorrow when that style goes away,” says The Game.
“I don’t think there’s a rap battle there,” he continues. “Could you imagine Nas and Young Thug beefin’ or KRS-One and Young Thug? Or Common and Young Thug? He’s not an emcee, so it would not make sense at all to have a rap battle. What would his songs sound like? I don’t know how you gonna win a rap battle singing.”
The Game also had words for Stacey Dash, the Clueless actress turned Fox News troll who recently called criticism of the Oscars for being less accommodating to people of color “ludicrous,” and said we should “get rid of” BET, the BET Awards, the NAACP Image Awards, and even Black History Month if “we don’t want segregation.”
“I think BET has a right to be BET for the simple fact of the history of how African Americans were treated then until now,” says The Game. “We deserve those channels. I don’t think those channels are offensive to white people. We’ve been through some shit, so we deserve to have a channel called Black Entertainment Television and deserve to have a Black History Month. I’m well aware of the history of how we’ve been treated, so a channel and an award ceremony or two, I don’t see no harm in that.“I think Stacey Dash is going over the line in everything she’s doing these days, and she’s getting ridiculed for it. At the end of the day, to get looked down on by your own culture is not a good thing.”