THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
665-The Game featuring 50 Cent-Hate It or Love It.
2005-Number 4 single.
Best Bit-At 0.19.’Right, I had to get up in the morning at 10 o’clock at night, half an hour before I went to bed, drink a cup of sulphuric acid, work 29 hours a day down mill, and pay mill owner for permission to come to work, and when we got home, our dad and our mother would kill us and dance about on our graves singing hallelujah, and you try and tell young people of today that…they won’t believe you.’
In this song The Game and 50 Cent reminisce about their childhoods, and the problems they had to overcome in order to be where they are today. This is evidenced in the video, which shows the rappers being represented as kids, growing up in a tough neighbourhood.
The Game was born Jayceon Terrell Taylor on November 29th, 1979, in Compton, California, United States. Both his parents were members of the ‘Crips’ street gang, and he grew up in a primarily ‘Crip’ controlled neighbourhood known as Santana Blocc. Between 2003-2005 he was a member of the Hip-Hop group ‘G-Unit,’ which had been co-founded by 50 Cent in 1999. The Game got his stage name from his grandmother, who would call him ‘Game’ after the 1997 film ‘The Game.’
50 Cent was born Curtis James Jackson on July 6th, 1975, in Queens, New York City, United States.He rose to fame initially when being signed up to work with Eminem (see also best songs 936) and Dr Dre (see also best songs 564-544-482- 128 and 48.) In 2003, he released his debut Album ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin,” which has sold in excess of three million copies worldwide, and was certified nine times platinum in 2020 (see also best songs 189.)
‘Hate It or Love It’ was co-written by The Game, and 50 Cent, along with the songs producers Andre Lyon, and Marcello Valenzano, who work under the name ‘Cool & Dre’, the song also received additional production from Dr Dre. There is also a significant sample used, from the song ‘Rubber Band’, by the Soul/Disco group ‘The Trammps,’ from their 1975 Album ‘The Legendary Zing Album.’
‘Coming up I was confused, my mommy kissing a girl. Confusion occurs comin’ up in the cold world, daddy ain’t around, probably out committin’ felonies.’