The Game is making a bold move for his next album, 1992.
The Los Angeles native shared that his upcoming project will have no features; the rapper dropped the news on Instagram with the likely cover art. In the caption, he made the announcement — “#NOFEATURES.”
The featureless album comes as a step in another direction for The Game. The Documentary 2 (and The Documentary 2.5) was laden with guest appearances. Lil Wayne, Nas, Kendrick Lamar, Q-Tip, Dr. Dre, Kanye West, Anderson .Paak and Busta Rhymes were just some of the artists who appeared on that album.
1992‘s possible cover art features a young Game with his infamous face tattoo — a star with the letters LA in the middle.
To release an album without featured artists nowadays is definitely ballsy. Last year, J. Cole’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive made history as the first rap album in 25 years to go platinum without any features. It also nabbed three Grammy nominations. Once a fairly common occurrence, major hip-hop albums that gained the platinum status without features include Run-D.M.C.’s Raising HellI, LL Cool J’s Bigger and Deffer, Wu-Tang Clan’s Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) and Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique.
No word yet on when the album will drop; The Game only promises that it’ll be here “soon.” In the meantime, the Compton rapper has been hanging out with hip-hop royalty. On Sunday (March 27), Game posted a photo of him with Nas, captioned “Hurricane x God Son.”
Check out The Game’s cover art above and let us know what you think in the comments below. Also, check out the dope photo of The Game and Nas below.