Speaking to an interviewer in New Zealand, The Game proves to be susceptible to mission creep:

In a recent Foreign Policy article, George Washington University Professor Marc Lynch, likened the feud to the battle of global hegemony — with Jay Z in the role of the United States, and The Game as the "erratic wildcard": Iran and North Korea.

The Game asks for an explanation of why that’s not a favourable comparison, before likening Lynch to Greenland — isolated from the top writers in the world — and Jay Z to Iceland "coz he’s gone cold".

I suppose if you’re determined to be a villain it’s justifiable to suggest that it’s not so bad to be Iran or North Korea. But this is a great example of why The Game can’t win the fight he’s begun and can only hope Jay-Z brings defeat unto himself through blunders: Marc is a goddamn Game fan! In every one of these posts about the feud-as-international-relations-theory, he’s defended The Game’s lyrical skills. He even did so in his NPR interview.

In other words, The Game is treating a reconcilable as an irreconcilable. He’s like Abu Musab al-Zarqawi! Marc Lynch is a middle-class, fence-sitting Sunni Iraqi — surely an academic — in Diyala or Anbar or Baghdad, judiciously able to see both sides of the U.S. and AQI feud and not particularly inclined to throw his lot in decisively with one or the other. And here’s The Game, trying to humiliate Marc in public for apostasy or cut his fingers off because he enjoys a cigarette. Defeat sets in right there. Soon will begin Marc Lynch’s Awakening. Which is a good name for a mixtape. 

Also, The Game responded to Marc!

* Forgive the Tom Friedman-esque headline.

Spencer Ackerman

Spencer Ackerman