Less than a minute into the Pearl Jam-sampling “Rough,” Game shouts out Justin Bieber and Canada, unexpected embraces to be sure. It’s a weird world for an exiled rapper whose brightest flows depended on name-drops, and Game hopes he’s found an ally in fellow non-Grammy winners. But he sounds great here—melancholy beats were always his secret specialty—and the piano/guitar beat sets up Yelawolf‘s triumphant final verse perfectly. Goosebumps throughout, weirdly hitting their high at another award show reference: Fuck you tatted on my neck/ I sip High Life in a can at the Grammys, add that to my rep.
Download: Game f. Yelawolf, “Rough”