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Straight from the West Coast, Compton comes Los Angeles Confidential, or as he’s better known, The Game. The rapper, who prides himself on never losing a rap beef, treated the Bristol O2 Academy with an almost sold out show tonight with fans flooding the venue with The Game’s iconic Cincinnati Reds hats and bandanas.
The Documentary 2 tour was sure to include some classics, but what better way to start than to open with the title-track. ‘On Me‘ and ‘100‘ soon followed, before the crowd went insane for ‘El Chapo‘, seeing The Game and his live band keep the energy flowing with hit after hit with ‘Ali Bomaye‘, ‘It’s Okay (One Blood)‘ and ‘Red Nation‘ sending people into a frenzy.
Amongst the chaos, Game spoke to the crowd on several occasions. At one point we see him explain how he came to meet and sign tour hype-man Mvrcus Blvck – complete with Mvrcus spitting the 16′ that got him signed. The Game also paid homage to the West Coast champions: Tupac, Dre, Snoop Dogg and Nate Dogg. But it didn’t take long before chaos returned with The Game downing a bottle of Grey Goose and sharing another one, and a couple of bottles of Champagne, with some lucky fans on the front row.
With a career like The Game’s, it’s refreshing to see the rapper still appreciating his fans like it’s day one. From dedicating a second performance of ‘El Chapo’ to a wheelchair-bound fan that was unable to make the show, to constantly trying to inspire his fans, whether that’s to “fuck Rihanna” or follow their dreams, the sincerity in Game’s message was always the same and really highlighted his truly humble character.
As the show draws closer to the end, the more the true fans appreciate the music. In hip-hop, sadly most artists struggle to live up to their first album and, although The Game has had great success, nothing compares to his debut album, The Documentary. Songs like ‘Put You On The Game‘, ‘Westside Story‘, ‘Higher‘, ‘Dreams‘ and ‘How We Do‘ were sung word to word from his most loyal fans before ending the show on his most recognised single, ‘Hate It Or Love It‘.
Watching a set spanning every hip-hop era from the last decade is a testament to The Game’s ability to continually stay relevant. Not ever rapper can maintain such a career, but by The Game staying humble it’s encouraged him to work hard and this is evident tonight. For fans old and new, this show will live long in their memories.
Source: Chris Hines
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