Q+A: The Game
WRITER Kate Lindsmith
PHOTOGRAPHER James Stenson
STYLIST Zizi Zarkadas
T-Shirt: The T-Shirt Whore
Inked Magazine: The new single “Celebration” is a really upbeat, chill party song for you. Is there more of that on Jesus Piece?
Game: Nope. Celebration is the last track on the album. Its sorta like after I get my point across and everybody understands my concept for the album. And we’re just celebrating a lot of classic records, so that’s why Celebration is so upbeat. It fits within the concept and sort of puts a night cap on the album.
Inked: Is the boy in the “Celebration” video your son?
Game: Yeah that was my oldest son.
Inked: How is filming with him?
Game: We’ve been doing videos since the beginning - he was in “Hate It or Love It” and “Pot of Gold”. He’s a cool guy and I’m really a big fan of him and his energy and I love him to death, so I try to incorporate him in the cooler videos.
Inked: What’s the story behind the name Jesus Piece?
Game: Pretty much just anything under God is a piece of Jesus. We all come from one place in the beginning, so that’s what the album’s about. It’s just about how no one’s more Catholic than anybody else, no one’s more Christian or Baptist or whatever. Your religion is just your religion. There’s one God that we all believe in – he’s got a few different names, but there’s one God. So, at the end of the day, we shouldn’t judge one another – we should just live. And for me for, every day for the last two years, I’ve been trying to find a balance between my religion, my music, my life, my family, and the streets without losing myself like too many of them. So that’s basically what the album is about – how I’m trying to better myself as a person.
Inked: The last time we spoke to you, you had 49 tattoos. How many do you have now?
Game: I think I’m right at about 53 or 54. Kat Von D just did a picture of all three of my kids on my leg. I don’t really plan on what I’m going to do next. I just take it from one day to another.
Inked: How did you become friends with Kat Von D?
Game: She did a tattoo on my for my LAX album and we just stayed cool and close, you know, keeping in contact now and again. When I want something new I just call Kat and she’ll get it done. She’s a lady and she’s dope and she’s beautiful, so who wouldn’t want to get tattooed by somebody that great? She’s done four of mine so far.
Inked: You’ve filled your right arm with portraits of deceased rappers like Eazy-E, Big Pun, Biggie Smalls, and Jam Master Jay. Is that still your tribute arm? Have you added any new ones?
Game: Yeah. And it will always be that way. No new ones yet but I’m sure I will.