‘The Game’ Star Talks ‘Dip and Pitts,’ Black TV

Coby Bell of The Game, which is officially returning for a fifth season, talks to The Root about his character's signature dance and the state of black TV.

CB: One of the executive producers came up with the idea of it. Then I got involved with the writing of the song. I went in a studio session, and while we were doing it, we were like, this is kind of dope. On the set, we knew it was silly and fun, but I was not expecting it to go on to YouTube.

TR: And hear it on the radio?

CB: It was on the radio? Wow. I’ve had people come up to me and say, “Hey, I was in the club and the Jason Pitts song came on.” The whole joke was that the song was supposed to be such a flop. And Jason was going around saying it was a dance craze that swept the nation. And in the world of the show, it was just a joke: one of those cheesy songs that football players make. The night before we were shooting, I just made it up. I had no idea it was going to do what it did.

TR: Tell me a little about the state of black television from your perspective.

CB: In a lot of ways, I feel like TV’s going backward. There was The Cosby Show in the ’80s, which was a mainstream, beautiful thing showing people that this is just a family. Forget about whether they were black or white, but it was a family, period, so check it out. We’ve kind of gotten away from that.

That’s why I’m glad to see the crossover appeal of The Game. I have people from all different races and backgrounds coming up to me and telling me how much they dig the show. I think it’s also cool to show an interracial relationship and not make a big deal out of it. It’s just two people who are in love. I think it was really cool to get the opportunity to do that. Every episode doesn’t have to be about “I’m black and you’re white, how will we make it work?” I’m biracial, so I knew firsthand that it was nothing.