It’s a tale as old as time — record labels taking advantage of talent, but where do we go from here?
“F–K INTERSCOPE,” said The Game via Twitter. “I meant it when I said it 17 years ago & I mean it today !!!! They’re running a modern day slave trade & they steal from every single artist. Best decision of my life was parting ways. #StayIndependent.”
Since sharing the tweet, the rapper’s Twitter account has been locked for the alleged violation of the social media platform’s media policy.
The Game's Twitter Account
While fans suspect that The Game’s account was suspended due to his harsh words, this may not be the case in this instance.
It is more likely that the restriction came due to his avatar, according to Complex. Upon further research, Twitter’s sensitive media policy reveals that users are not allowed to use media that is “excessively gory or share violent or adult content” on the website. His Twitter avi included the cover art for a recent collaboration with Kanye West for the track “Eazy,” and featured a graphic photo of Nick Knight as a skinned monkey. While it’s not confirmed, this may have violated Twitter’s policies. In addition, the image has been under fire by PETA, who called out the rappers for their use of the controversial art.
The Game's History With Interscope Records
On Jan. 18, 2005, The Game dropped his “major label debut” album, “The Documentary” under Interscope Records, which according to XXL, went on to sell 587,000 copies its first week in the United States and even charted No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
According to Complex, The Game’s last album under Interscope Records was “Jesus Piece” in 2012.