On Monday’s episode of the I Am Athlete podcast, The Game sat down to discuss various topics related to his life and career.
One of the main subjects they got into was The Game’s absence from this year’s Super Bowl halftime show which featured Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, and 50 Cent.
Game explained in the clip why he and other hometown heroes should have been included in the lineup, and said, “The real reason I wasn’t on the Super Bowl is because I’m not a ‘safe’ artist. You don’t know what The Game gon’ do when he gets up there. So, it’s just like, ‘He not safe,’ so they went with the safe artists. … The Super Bowl’s in L.A., Right? It’s a Dr. Dre Super Bowl. But it is JAY-Z. But JAY-Z understands the dynamics of West Coast hip hop very well, right? And I don’t think JAY-Z would’ve had a problem if Dre would’ve said, ‘We’re bringing Game on the Super Bowl.’ Number one, outside of myself, I also think that Y.G. should’ve been in the Super Bowl.”
He added, “We, on the West Coast, are the only motherfuckers who have this ‘crabs in a barrel mentality, where we wanna keep niggas down, or don’t do things based on what somebody else might think it looks like. … Snoop is an icon. Dre is an icon. Em is an icon, but Em is not from L.A. 50 is not from L.A. And I’m not taking away from the fact that they were on the Super Bowl, but L.A. 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 don’t get the call. … I was hurt by that.”