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By Kim Osorio, BET.com Staff

Posted on March 21, 2006 -- Hate him or love him, Compton, Calif.-born rapper The Game single-handedly brought the West Coast back when he burst onto the scene with his debut album, The Documentary. Prior to that, he had built up an enormous buzz through a heavy mixtape presence, favorable press clippings, and then (drum roll please), a high-profile affiliation with 50 Cent and his widely popular G-Unit. But with these two hip hop mega-superstars sharing the same brand name, the relationship was bound to go sour.

Now that his much hyped feud with 50 Cent has settled down, it's back to the music for the Aftermath/Interscope artist (yes, he's still signed to the label). Next up, The Doctor's Advocate, Game's sophomore release, scheduled to hit stores in June. BET.com caught up with Game recently for an exclusive interview while he took a break from recording his new album. Here's how it went down.

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Let’s talk about your upcoming album, The Doctor’s Advocate.  Are you almost done completing it?
I’m about 85 percent done. The only person that I haven’t seen is Kanye. He’s gonna do two or three joints. I worked with Just Blaze, Scott Storch, Swizz Beatz, [and] Dr. Dre. When this album drops, it’s gonna set the tone for the rest of my career.

Despite the rumors, and what 50 has said, you are still working with Dr. Dre?
Yes, I’m an artist signed to Aftermath. The only thing that’s missing is the G-Unit and 50 Cent on the back on the album.

So you are officially no longer affiliated with G-Unit then?
Nah. That’s spoiled milk. Nobody gonna drink that. I don’t even have no ill feelings towards them. Getting rid of [that] was a blessing. I kinda felt like God’s had his hands on me. We had one of the biggest rap beefs to date. Like Tupac/Biggie. I woke up and I was right in the middle of it, but only in the beginning stages. I [wasn't] gonna let it get to that point.

But I heard some things about your relationship with Aftermath/Interscope going sour as a result of your beef with G-Unit. Are you on good terms with your record label now?
The politics and the industry and the label, there was so much mixed feelings. I reconciled [it all] now, and everything is good at the label. It’s resolved. I’m ready to drop a load, and it ain’t like I’m some mediocre artist. I made a lot of money for Interscope. The Documentary, my album, went five times platinum.

Was the June 6 (6/6/06) release date for the album intentional or was that a coincidence?
Yes, the devil’s day. That’s the day for all the haters, the day I’m going up against all of that. I’m doing my own thing. That’s my independence day. Free from all the bullsh*t and the hip hop politics, which can be draining. To a young Black male from Compton, to escape all the drama that comes with the rap game, it's draining.

What can we expect from you on this album?
That is the question you should answer yourself. I’m gonna keep that on the wraps.

Are there any guest appearances on this album?
I won’t say. I’m not telling. I’m gonna be on there. I might as well start at No. 1 and rap all the way through No. 15.

Why? Is there no other artist out there in the game that inspires you right now?

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