The Game (Common song)
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|Single by Common featuring DJ Premier|
|from the album Finding Forever|
|Released||May 22, 2007|
|Label||GOOD Music, Geffen|
|Common singles chronology|
"The Game" is the first single from rapper Common's 2007 album Finding Forever. It was released to iTunes as a digital download on May 22, 2007. It is produced by Kanye West, who samples "Tezeta" by Ethiopian jazz musician Seyfu Yohannes for the track's beat. It utilizes O.C.'s "Half Good, Half Sinner" to construct one of his signature choruses, which is scratched by DJ Premier. With its hard hitting steel drums, the beat is considered to be a throwback to 90's boom bap hip hop.
A black-and-white music video was shot for "The Game." It features Common freestyle rapping in front of a mirror and rapping normally in a murky tunnel. The video appeared at number 86 on BET's Notarized: Top 100 Videos of 2007 countdown.
- Produced by Kanye West
- Recorded by Andrew Dawson at Sony Studios
- Scratches by DJ Premier, recorded at D&D Studios
- Mixed by Mike Dean at Encore Studios, Burbank, CA
Recorded at Avex Studios, Honolulu
- "Track by Track: Common's Finding Forever from Fader Magazine". Retrieved June 11, 2007.
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