The Game Imagines Kobe Bryant and Nipsey Hussle as Basketball Buddies in ‘Welcome Home’ Video

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The Compton native pays tribute to the late basketball legend and the fallen ‘Racks in the Middle’ rapper in the animated music video for the song off his latest album ‘Born 2 Rap’.

AceShowbizThe Game is keeping the memory of Kobe Bryant and Nipsey Hussle alive through a new music video for “Welcome Home”. On Wednesday, April 29, the Compton native released visuals for the track of his “Born 2 Rap” album, presenting him as basketball buddies with the late NBA legend and the “Racks in the Middle” rapper.

The four-and-a-half minute animation video is kicked off by The Game’s character sitting on what seems to be a cafe, donning a white top with his face tattoo on full display. “I wake up every mornin’ on the same s**t … N***as I used to hang with, is still gang, gang with Lamborghini outside but, n***a, that won’t change s**t,” he can be heard singing, additionally giving a shoutout to fellow spitters Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg.

In the Stefano Bertelli-directed clip, both Nipsey’s and Kobe’s characters team up to play basketball in an outdoor arena. Kobe wears his yellow Lakers’ jersey complete with his iconic number 24 displayed on its back. Meanwhile, Nipsey rocks a purple sportwear with his name though he has no number written on it.

At one point, Nipsey’s posthumous voice can be heard rapping on the chorus, “Twenty million dollars actin’ broke, n***a (Broke, n***a)/ All you n***as sleep, stay woke, n***a (Work, n***a)/ All my n***as came up sellin’ dope, n***a (Dope, n***a)/ Why the f**k you think they call us dope n***as?/ Broken home, broken dreams, no hope, n***a (No hope, n***a).” He also poses atop his Marathon Clothing store.

The Game, whose real name is Jayceon Terrell Taylor, has always been open about his affection toward Kobe and Nipsey. In mid-February, he inked his face with Kobe’s signature and first jersey’s number, 8. “F O R E V E R,” he simply captioned an Instagram post flaunting his new tattoo.

In late March, the MC paid tribute to Nipsey by uploading a photo that saw his painting. “Hu$$le man….. can’t believe it’s been one year since you departed from this krazy world,” he said in a lengthy message. “…You have truly touched the hearts of people all around the world. Your face is everywhere… your music is timeless & your words are heard loud & clear.”

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