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Game Talks 'The R.E.D. Album' and Twitter

Posted: 08/25/11 07:21 PM ET

Game is a two-time Grammy-nominated rapper whose debut album "The Documentary" has sold over 2.5 million copies. His latest, "The R.E.D. Album," is out this week and full of collaborations with new artists and old friends, from Dr. Dre to Snoop Dogg and Nelly Furtado. He stopped by What's Trending live to share how his life has changed since 2008's "LAX," and why cops might be implementing a Twitter law soon.


When talking about the current state of hip-hop, Game explained that music is constantly changing and that currently it seems like it belongs to pop culture. While he describes himself as a chameleon, he clarified that he still tries to "stay true to who I am."

The conversation quickly went from making headlines with music to the recent controversy surrounding a tweet from his account, giving out the number of the Compton Sheriff's Department to his over 600,000 followers to apply for an internship. The tweet caused a flurry of calls to jam police phone lines.

While he first told the public that he had been hacked, he shared what he says actually happened:

Me and my guys, we run pranks on each other all the time. If you don't sign out of your Twitter, or your Facebook, or your Myspace, or something like that, then we'll go on and, like, sometimes I get online and say, "I'm coming out of the closet today at 2 p.m." ... I'd never been caught. My phone is my skin; it's attached to me. But I was doing a photo shoot [that] day, and I left my phone, I think it fell out of my pocket in between the couch, and it has a three-minute lock timer on it, and I didn't make the deadline. So one of my buddies tweeted from my Twitter. ... It was so random. ... Three of [the numbers] were just anonymous, one of them happened to be Dominos in Sherman Oaks, and then the other was the Compton sheriff.

So does the rapper, whose been through everything from jail to shootings and gang violence, feel that social media can be a dangerous weapon itself?

Anybody else that does it, beware, they're coming. The only reason that they dropped my charges is they didn't have anything to formally charge me with. They never even thought of a Twitter law or social networking law, but now I'm pretty sure they have a team of experts working on how to lock you up for tweeting.

The avid tweeter also describes himself as "one of the celebrities that tweets the most. It just gives you direct access to your fans. If I want somebody to know something, I can just shoot it at them and then there it goes, 600 to 700,000 people know it in a matter of seconds, so I think that's beautiful."

So what should people expect from "The R.E.D. Album," which is already beating out Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Watch the Throne" on the music charts? "Expect me to be on the cover and definitely expect me to be in it." This time he's also showing a side unlike many of his counterparts. At the end of the video for his single, "Pot of Gold," there's a quote of his: "Materialism lives outside the lines of my reality." He shared its significance with me: "You see, I have no watch, no chains, no earrings. ... I'm always on time."

You can listen to "The R.E.D Album" on Myspace now or download it on iTunes.

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