The Game and Friends Invade Irving Plaza for “L.A.X” Arrival [Exclusive Coverage]
New York, NY -- Jayceon Taylor is borderline bipolar. The same man who continually claims to have put his many so-called “beefs” to rest just can’t let bygones be bygones. Better known know to hip-hop fans as The Game, Mr. Taylor has just released his third and supposedly final album, titled L.A.X.
It’s about 9:45 pm and there’s a surprisingly tranquil vibe in the air in downtown Manhattan. The Game has just taken the stage at Irving Plaza, and the high school gymnasium-sized venue is packed. Rumored sightings of the likes of Ghostface Killah, Jim Jones, and Young Buck are already making their way through the grapevine. Sporting a pressed white T-shirt, black Dickies, and trademark Chucks, The Game begins rhyming through a barrage of his most well known cuts such as “Wouldn’t Get Far,” “Let’s Ride,” and “Westside Story.” His enormous Black Street pendant swings from left to right across his chest and it looks his whole crew flew in from LA to be on stage alongside him.
After taking a moment to chat with concertgoers, Chuck announces that he’s invited a few special guests to rock with him. To the crowd’s amazement, Joe Budden, Game's one-time mixtape nemesis, takes the stage and gives the audience a taste of what’s to come on his long overdue sophomore album.
With the audience now in his full control, The Game brings out his next set of special guests. Shaolin’s finest, Ghostface and Raekwon explode from the backstage area, and the crowd erupts into pandemonium. Rae and Ghost build off the crowd’s energy and manage to mix in some of their classics while flexing their seasoned skills with flawless freestyles.
The night isn't one hundred percent drama-free, however: The Game’s mind state seems to change during a freestyle when he drops a line referencing Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson. Relighting the fuse on his best-known hip hop “beef,” Game shouts that 50 Cent, Tony Yayo, and Lloyd Banks “can suck [his] d*ck.” Then he calls fellow G-Unit detractor Young Buck to the stage, and the two take their turns belittling and denigrating their former boss.
After rocking, amped versions of “This is How We Do” and “Shorty Wanna Ride”, Young Buck takes a step back to overwhelming applause from the charged audience. After almost two hours of nonstop surprise, The Game has one more shocker up his sleeve. The bass to “Certified Gangsta” rips through the venue’s sound system and Harlem’s Jim Jones joins his blood brother on stage. As the two trade verses, it is clear The Game has left his mark on the streets of New York City.
By Mikey Fresh