4 Comments Monday, January 19th, 2009
A Dream Come True
The Game speaks on his Martin Luther King dedication.
The Game namedrops so much, youâ€™ve probably heard your name on one of his songs. But hereâ€™s a mention you canâ€™t be mad atâ€”Dr. Martin Luther King. More than punchline filler, Jayceon dedicated â€œLetter To The Kingâ€ from his latest LP, L.A.X., to the civil rights icon. And being the contemplative dude he is, Game talked about the recordâ€”and the real KINGâ€”when I interviewed him back in May, before the song leaked. Zone out to the track below, and read about what MLK means to Compton’s Finest.
â€œLetter To The Kingâ€ â€” The Game Feat. Nas
KING â€œLetter To The King,â€ eh? Weâ€™re flattered.
THE GAME Itâ€™s a letter to Dr. Martin Luther King. I was sitting in the studio on Martin Luther King Day, in there smokingâ€”some of my homies, chicks. Iâ€™m walking back and forth, and something clicked. I just felt like we were doing the wrong thing on Martin Luther Kingâ€™s birthday. So I kicked everyone out the studio and started thinking. I came up with a concept to write a letter to Dr. Martin Luther King. Originally, I was going to write it on paper, just my thoughts. I didnâ€™t know if I was ever going to mail itâ€”or mail it whereâ€”but I was probably going to frame it. I started thinking, â€œI can probably pull this off over a beat.â€ Hi-Tek owed me a beat, and I know he can give me that slowed-down beat where I can really express my mind. So I called Hi-Tekâ€”it took him twenty minutes. He made me a beat and I laid over it, and that was it.
Sounds dope. You also gave MLK a shout on The Documentary, on â€œDreams.â€ But, honestly, youâ€˜d strike me as more of a Huey Newton follower, though.
A lot of adults that grew up in my era and kids younger than me, they donâ€™t know what Martin Luther King did. I was born in â€™79; I wasnâ€™t there when he marched. So we donâ€™t really know what he went through. If you think of all the things that Martin Luther King didâ€”like, look how weâ€™re living, man. Me and you are on the phone talking about my album. I wouldnâ€™t have no album if Dr. Martin Luther King didnâ€™t put his feet to the pavement. Who knows where weâ€™d be without that dude. And thatâ€™s just one man. So when you thinking about all his accomplishments, his hardships and the things that almost rendered him helpless, youâ€™d think we all owe it to him, whatever race you are. We all owe something to Dr. Martin Luther King.
*Hearing Aid Bonus* — â€œI Have A Dreamâ€ Edition
â€œDreamsâ€ â€“ The Game (Produced By Kanye West)
â€œBig Dreamsâ€ â€“ The Game (Produced By Cool & Dre)
Happy Martin Luther King Day. Share your thoughts on the big homie in the comments.
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