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Listen to The Game Rap About Last Week's Mixtape Success in New Song

Prolific rapper set to release another new mixtape, 'The Hangover'

January 31, 2011 6:55 PM ET
Listen to The Game Rap About Last Week's Mixtape Success in New Song
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The Game's "Trend Setter"

One benefit of writing and releasing music at the breakneck pace the Game has set in the past month is that he can put out a song today boasting about the success of his Purp and Patron mixtape last week. Though "Trend Setter," a selection from his follow-up mixtape The Hangover, is technically a Purp outtake, it hardly sounds like a leftover. If anything, it comes across like the work of a rapper emboldened by an unexpected hit and eager to keep up his creative hot streak.

The Hangover will be released for free later today; you can get a taste of the title track in the trailer below.

The Game [Official site]

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