Although the Game recently pushed out three albums’ worth of material with his Purp & Patron double-disc mixtape and the bonus edition, Purp & Patron: The Hangover, not everyone is celebrating the Compton MC’s prodigious output: Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA filed a cease and desist order against the project when he discovered a song he produced for Game landed on the free project.
In an interview with HipHopDX.com, Game confirmed the legal action, saying he was surprised by the move. “That’s f—ing crazy,” Game told the website. “Like, I don’t even know how RZA sues the Game. He came to the studio and brought the track to me. He’s like, ‘Yo, Game, this is for you. You can have that.’ Those are his words.”
According to RZA, however, the song was intended for Game’s forthcoming album — not for a mixtape release.
In a statement released Monday by the Wu-Tang Clan member’s assistant, RZA said he spoke with the Game’s camp and that both parties agreed the track, “Heartbreaker,” which features a sample from a Grand Funk Railroad tune of the same name, wouldn’t make it onto The R.E.D. Album because there wasn’t enough time to clear the sample before the album’s release date, which has since been pushed back.
RZA said he asked Game’s camp to notify him if they intended to use it in the future. Another offer for the track was then made to RZA, and the veteran boardsman said the incident makes it appear that he tried to sell his work twice. The statement did not mention, however, whether RZA notified Game’s camp about the additional offer.
In a message RZA sent over Twitter, he attempted to defuse the situation, saying he has “nothing but love for Game.”