In hip-hop the past is a constant and idealization of one's forefathers-or mothers-is an uncrossable tradition.
The Game might be hip-hop's most eloquent eulogizer. His 2005 hit "Dreams" spoke poignantly to that point; Game all but admitted that he'll never mean as much to the culture as his lordliest deceased idols (Tupac Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G., Huey Newton, Eazy-E). "Dreams" was a sad, sweet, keening, wryly honest birdsong, rare in a genre full of self-styled messiahs. Those few minutes sized up what Game is all about.