The Game

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Yet another delay of The Game.

The chart-topping hip-hopster has pushed back the release of his third album, LAX, from July 8 to July 22, avoiding a showdown from his former-mates-turned-archenemies in 50 Cent's G-Unit, whose T.O.S. (Terminal On Sight) hits stores July 1.

LAX features a who's who of guest rappers, including Lil' Wayne, Common, Ludacris, Ice Cube, Busta Rhymes, Ne-Yo and Kanye West, who handily won his own heavily hyped chart battle last summer with Fiddy. Another track features some rhythm work by Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker.

The first single off Game's latest effort, "Game's Pain," featuring R&B vocalist Keyshia Cole, is already out to radio stations and has reached No. 26 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart.

West, Scott Storch and Irv Gotti are among the producers.

LAX was originally supposed to drop June 24, but Game decided to delay it until July 8, one week after G-Unit's release. By postponing the album yet again, the rapper apparently hopes to avoid having some of his sales siphoned off and reigniting their long-running beef.

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