The Game told HipHopDX he was coming out of rap retirement in March 2021 and now, he’s finally announced the release date. On Sunday (May 29), the “Hate It Or Love It” rapper announced Drillmatic – Mind Vs. Heart is arriving on June 17 with executive production from Hit-Boy.
“DRILLMATIC – Mind vs. Heart,” he wrote in the caption. “June 17th 2022. Executive Produced by: @hitboy.”
During The Game’s conversation with DX, he lamented the lack of substance in the majority of commercialized rap but was optimistic things were going to change, especially with his return.
“It fucking sucks there’s no real substance in music anymore, but we have to go through it until it’s fruitful again,” he said at the time. “Logic is working with Madlib. And of course, Kendrick and Cole, and then I’m coming back again. Shit’s coming.
“Kendrick and J. Cole can only sit quiet for so long, so you’ll get some good shit. And again, I like the fucking Polo Gs, the Pooh Shiestys, and of course Lil Baby, I love it. I’m in my car, I throw on Lil Baby, but everybody’s not Lil Baby. So again, we got to pick and choose what has substance.”
The 42-year-0ld MC has seen a resurgence of sorts in recent months, which included his “Eazy” collaboration with Kanye West. His confidence level is also sky high, and he’s ignited plenty of spirited debates over the last several weeks after declaring he’s a better rapper than Eminem. He initially made the claim in March while speaking to Drink Champs co-hosts N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN and has continued pushing for a Verzuz with Slim Shady ever since.
Most recently, he told SHOWTIME Basketball, “When have you ever heard Eminem in a club? When have you ever heard it in the locker room? And I’m not taking away from that, I don’t hear Eminem in the streets. I just don’t. It’s not saying he can’t rap. The skillset is there. I’m just the better rapper. I just haven’t been given the light he’s been giving.” Watch the clip below.