The Game Acknowledges Eminem Feud Came from Feeling "Upset" After Super Bowl Snub by Dr. Dre
The Game opens up on dissing Eminem, attributing it to his frustration with Dr. Dre. In an interview with DJ Vlad, the Compton rapper confessed that his recent track, "The Black Slim Shady," served as a vent for his discontent.
According to The Game, the decision to target Eminem was a result of his discontent with Dr. Dre, stating, "Throwing shots at Eminem and beefing with Eminem, it was just me being upset with Dr. Dre. Dr. Dre can’t out-rap me, so I just went at Em, just because that’s just how I get sometimes. But it’s always competitive. It ain’t like I’m gonna see Em and be like, ‘What’s up now?!’ It’s Em, you know what I’m saying? And Em took his shots on a record that dropped, and yo, Em is a funny guy.”
This isn't the first time The Game has expressed issues with Dr. Dre. In a 2022 interview on Drink Champs following the release of his single “Eazy,” he emphasized that Kanye West had done more for him in the last two weeks than Dr. Dre had throughout his entire career.
Adding more context to his emotions, The Game admitted feeling "hurt" about not being included in the 2022 Super Bowl Halftime Show, headlined by Dr. Dre and featuring Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, and Mary J. Blige, with special guests 50 Cent and Anderson .Paak.
“The real reason I wasn’t on the Super Bowl is because I’m not a ‘safe’ artist,” he explained on the I Am Athlete podcast months later. “You don’t know what Game gon’ do when he gets up there. They went with the ‘safe’ artists.”
He further delved into the dynamics of the Super Bowl show, emphasizing the influence of JAY-Z, whose company partnered with the NFL for the event. The Game asserted, “But JAY-Z understands the dynamics of West Coast Hip Hop very well, and I don’t think JAY-Z would’ve had a problem if Dre would’ve said, ‘We bringing Game on the Super Bowl.’”
This revelation provides a deeper understanding of The Game's motivations, shedding light on the intricacies of his relationships within the music industry and his quest for recognition on a grand stage like the Super Bowl.