The Game admits he was left feeling “hurt” after being excluded from the Super Bowl LVI Halftime show.
The Game Says He Was 'Hurt' By Dr. Dre Snubbed Him from Super Bowl Halftime Show in L.A. on ‘I Am Athlete Podcast’
During Game's recent visit to the I Am Athlete podcast, hosts Brandon Marshall, Pacman Jones, and Nick “Swaggy P” Young the former G-Unit artist weighed-in Dr. Dre and halftime show at the 2022 Super Bowl.
The Compton, Calif. native admits he was “hurt” about being excluded from the Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show.
“The real reason I wasn’t on the Super Bowl [halftime show] is that I’m not a ‘safe’ artist,'” The Game said in the latest episode of the podcast. “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 show was headlined by Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, and Mary J. Blige, with special appearances by 50 Cent and Anderson .Paak. Many considered the performance a love letter to L.A. rap culture, despite several of the artists not being from the area. The Game said he believes he should’ve been and not only should he have been there, but Compton native Y.G. should also be there, and claimed that the West Coast’s “crab-in-a-barrel” mentality is holding them back, preventing artists to uplift each other like New York.
“We, on the West Coast, are the only motherf***s who have this crab-in-a-barrel mentality, where we wanna keep n****s down,” The Game explained. “Snoop Dogg is an icon. Dre is an icon. Em is an icon, but Em is not from L.A. 50 is not from L.A. I’m not taking away from the fact that they were on the Super Bowl, but L.A. [artists] 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 didn’t get the call.”
During the clip up top, The Game also mentions that he was “hurt” by Dre’s decision to leave him off of the lineup and that Dre could have at least given him a call to let him know he wouldn’t be invited.