Welcome to The Sports Fan Journal’s music series, In The Rotation. Music fans are always trying to find the latest tunes to spin and our editor Mya Melody, a.k.a. the playlist virtuoso is here to help. Whether you need a weekend turn up anthem or a smooth jam for a kickback, this series will highlight the week’s hottest song to add in your collection. Vibe out and enjoy! #MelodyPutYouOn
After a three-year hiatus since his last project, The Game is back for what is reportedly his last album, Born 2 Rap. The album comes 15 years after his iconic debut, The Documentary, and it also marks as a celebration of his 40th birthday. The Game recruits a number of artists to collaborate with him on this year around the sun and one of the standout tracks is "Stay Down" with R&B singer Bryson Tiller.
As fans wait for Tiller to release his next project, his smooth vocals on "Stay Down" is just enough to hold them over. While Tiller is heard on the hook, he also starts the song with a verse about being a better man to a woman who deserves to be happy. The Game then follows with bars on getting rid of his player tendencies, while using the same rhyme scheme from Big Pun's 1998 song, "Still Not A Player." The track is a rap love song that is sure to appeal to men and women.
Born 2 Rap is a 25-track album jam-packed with features, that not only is a testament to The Game's longevity in the game, but his consistency and storytelling skills. If Born 2 Rap is indeed his last album, he may have another classic on his hands.
Put "Stay Down" in the rotation and check out this week's pertinent reading material:
Jay-Z turns 50: Music, money and the legacy of Marcy Houses - The Undefeated
The Legacy of Nipsey Hussle, the light of Los Angeles - GQ
Despite Ruling The Year, Female Rappers Are Largely Shut Out From 2020 Grammys - Billboard
2009 Was a Magical Time in Hip-Hop - DJBooth
Against The Algorithm: Going Viral on Social Media Isn't The Only Path to a Music Career - Complex
Mya Singleton a.k.a. Mya Melody is a music writer hailing from the Bay Area. As the current music editor for TSFJ, think of her as the playlist virtuoso or the audio aficionado for sports fans everywhere. Although music is her first love, she occasionally partakes in any argument regarding the NBA. She's a huge Kobe Bryant fan who's still upset Chris Paul never became a Laker. To this day, Hardball is one of the saddest movies she's ever watched, R.I.P. G-Baby! Follow her as she navigates to change the face of music journalism and remember, a wise philosopher once said, "Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything."