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Game Spends $40k To Make Free Mixtapes

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Record sales are down, but Game isn't worried. He'sgiving away music for free.

Last week, he released the free mixtape "Purp & Patron,"a 29-track record with All-Star collaborations, including the explosive rockand percussion-fueled "Can A Drummer Get Some" with Travis Barker, Swizz Beatz,Lil' Wayne and Rick Ross. On Monday, he put out the 15-song follow-up, "Purp& Patron: The Hangover."

The Compton-bred rapper believes the generous musical giftwill establish even more loyalty with his fans, who won't have a problem buyinghis forthcoming "R.E.D." album when it comes out later this year.

"'He gave us 30 tracks. Why wouldn't we go buy his 15 whenthe album comes out?'" Game said, forecasting reaction from fans.

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It took the Dr. Dre protégé one month and tens of thousandsof dollars to produce the mixtapes presented by DJ Skee and hosted byFunkmaster Flex. "I spent like over $40,000 getting that mixtape done," hesaid.

Game did not set out to make two separate mixtapes. "Wejust didn't have enough room on the actual two CDs," he said. "We ran out ofminutes so we just decided to put out 'The Hangover.'"

"Can A Drummer Get Some" is also the first single fromBarker's "Give A Drummer Some" album due out in March. "Actually, I gave thatsong to Travis Barker," Game said. "We about to go on Jimmy Kimmel nextweek to do it. He's [going] to shoot a video for it."

One of "Purp & Patron"'s stand out tracks is "History"featuring legendary MCs Doug E. Fresh, Big Daddy Kane, and KRS-One. At the endof the track, Doug E. gives Game props.

"On the real Game, straight up talk, from an MC perspective,B, you are definitely official, a legend, and respected because you come fromthe heart and that's what a real MC do," Doug E. said.

Game was grateful to receive the praise from the rapperknown as the Human Beatbox. "Nobody told him to say that," he said. "Whateverhe said he meant and it was from the bottom of his heart. ... I thought thatwas remarkable. I felt like a super hero when he said that."

Between both mixtapes, Game features songs with T-Pain,RZA, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Lil' Boosie, Bun B, Dr. Dre, Pharrell, Fabolous, Timbaland,Mista Fab, and Wiz Khalifa, among others.

Game told RollingStone that "Purp & Patron" mixtape was downloaded more than 1 milliontimes within its first three days available.


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