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Music Review: The Game – Doctor’s Advocate

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I can't believe it's the middle of November already. Wasn't it just Labor Day? For that matter, the Fourth of July feels like just yesterday. Kind of depressing, really. However, while the early darkness and dropping temperatures are a bummer, November is a huge month for hip-hop, with a plethora of big releases looming. I couldn't be more excited for Jay-Z's Kingdom Come (even if the first three leaked tracks were a bit disappointing). Nas has a new one. So does Snoop. The Clipse finally get to release Hell Hath No Fury. It's an exciting time.

However, there might not be a more riveting album release than the Game's Doctor's Advocate, which is hitting shelves this Tuesday. Given all the controversy surrounding this guy, people have been eager to find out what happens after, well, Aftermath. The Terrell Owens of rap music has been a whirling dervish of anger and self-destruction over the past nine months, but through it all, he's actually made some big strides as an artist. Sometimes we lose sight of creative growth in hip-hop since actions can often speak louder than words, but this has been a case of a guy getting better at his craft through sheer drive, practice, and effort.

That said, the Game is going at this alone. There's no Dr. Dre on an album named after him, which strikes me as both ironic and pathetic. There's no 50 Cent, no Eminem, and really no sign of Aftermath at all, short of a Busta Rhymes appearance.

So what kind of album can we expect? Is the Game ready to carry the load as the face of West Coast hip-hop? There might not be a more polarizing artist out there right now, as it seems that for every person who wants to see him succeed, there is another rooting for his complete and utter failure. As the Game himself expressed on his debut album, The Documentary (on a song 50 Cent wrote, interestingly enough), you can "Hate it or Love it."

I've been getting ready to break this all down on the November 14 release, but much to my surprise, the wait might just be over. While Doctor's Advocate is still a few days away from official release, it had its "Internet debut" last week when the album was leaked by Game himself onto the web. At first, it seemed five tracks had been released, but within a day, it was clear the whole thing was out there. How this affects record sales remains to be seen, but it has given us the chance to come up with some answers ahead of schedule. Of course, there is always the chance the leaked version could be incomplete or different from the final album. The available tracks seem to match those on official track lists, but there are also rumors swirling that some Cool and Dre cuts are being stashed away for the "real" Doctor's Advocate. I've heard that as many as seven songs could be "lying in wait," so to speak. We shall see.

For now, here is a track-by-track review of Doctor's Advocate, as leaked by the Game himself. And since you can't ever analyze the Game from one perspective, I've taken the liberty to break down both the "Hate it" and "Love It" elements of each song, complete with a verdict and rating. Let's get to it.

(Several tracks are linked to XXL-hosted files, affording you the chance to listen for yourself.)

1. "Lookin' At You." The introductory track has the typical epic sound of a good West Coast album and reminds me a lot of how Xzibit's Restless album kicked off with "Front 2 Back."

Love It: It is so weird to hear the album open with a song that feels as if Dr. Dre is not only producing it, but also doing the rapping, especially since Game announces he did "his second album with a Dr. Dre track" during this actual song. The Game sounds just like his former mentor on this one, which is probably a good thing, given the fact Dre has been the driving force behind at least three classic West Coast rap albums in his life. If you are going to imitate someone, you could do worse, even if rapping isn't Dre's strong suit. The beat is from some dude named Urban EP Pope and it is pretty sweet, if a blatant rip. The Game also lends some of his cleanest bars here and sounds really good bragging and boasting about being the "messiah of gangsta rap."

Hate It: One of the chief criticisms of The Game is his inability to write complete songs with bridges and choruses and he doesn't do much to refute those claims here, avoiding a chorus altogether and subbing in a strange ranting interlude, presumably meant to call to mind the memorable "blind stares of a million pairs of eyes" rant from "U Can't See Me" on 2Pac's All Eyes On Me. Whatever the rationale, the interlude sucks. It interrupts the flow of the song and becomes increasingly disruptive and annoying on repeat listens.

The Verdict: The interlude is awful and the blatant thievery of Dre's production style and delivery kind of bothers me, but I can't deny the first 75 seconds of this song got me pretty excited for the rest of the album. Score: 8/10.

2. "Da S***." This is another track that comes right out of the West Coast Gangsta Rap tradition: full of synthesizers, ridiculous keyboards, and a pseudo chorus that fuses some half-sung words from an anonymous female singer with some half-rapping by the Game.

Love It: The track was done by another relatively unknown producer named DJ Khalil (his most notable previous song appears to be the underrated "Lay U Down" from G-Unit's Beg for Mercy, although it looks like he will have a production credit on Kingdom Come). It sounds modern but also reminds me of the L.A. stuff I loved in the mid '90.

Even though the chorus is fragmented at best, the song actually turns this into a positive by splicing the girl's voice into the actual verses, like when Game raps "I let the whole world known that I can't be stopped, even without Doc, I'm still …" and a sing-song "streets of Compton" comes in to finish the thought. Hey, it works. I also like the Game's brief explanation of his odyssey from Interscope to Geffen that comes at the end of the song. He obsesses over this the entire album, but only directly expresses his confusion and frustration this one time and, in the song's outro says, "One day I walked in the… house, and all my s*** was gone."

Hate It: The usual criticisms can be trotted out here, should you be so inclined. The beat sounds like it could have been swiped off of Dre's G4: there's no chorus to speak of, and the name-dropping that plagues all of the Game's work begins in earnest on this track with mentions of Daz, Al Green, The Chronic, Doggystyle, Dre, Rakim, Snoop, and 2Pac (not to mention The Source, XXL, Crips, Bloods, Walter Payton, and Aftermath, but I'm not going to count those as official name-drops, since they weren't about rappers or rap albums).

I think mentioning other rappers, singers, and familiar pop culture set pieces is pretty common in hip-hop and people are probably too eager to point it out when the Game does it, but he does it so much. To go back to the Terrell Owens analogy, he's not the only wide receiver who yells at his quarterback and causes a scene on the sidelines, but once he became known for doing it, people started seeking it out. Kind of a "you've made your bed" situation.

The Verdict: Neither the name-dropping habit or the flawed choruses bother me all that much, so this song ranks as one of my favorites. I'm really impressed that the Game, DJ Khalil, and an anonymous backup singer were able to throw together something sounding so emblematic of West Coast rap, both past and present. I have a feeling this will be the most underrated song on the album when it is all said and done. The Score: 9/10.

3. "It's Okay (One Blood)." This is the first single off the album and the song that really took people by surprise this summer. It isn't the typical club song or radio-friendly release you would expect, but I think it sent a message that the Game was approaching this second album with a certain amount of ferocity. It is a relentless track that doesn't even bother with a chorus and the Game spends an inordinate amount of time picking fights and then immediately running from them. They should probably make this song required listening in Psych 101 classes.

Love It: This was our second glimpse at the new-and-improved Game ("300 Bars" being the first) and the moment when people first started to speculate he could carry his own album. It has held up surprisingly well over the past five months and remains one of the strongest offerings on Doctor's Advocate.

Hate It: The Game has never been more bipolar than he is here, getting into and out of feuds almost in one breath, peppering the track with shout-outs to Dre, and letting a hard-as-nails front bleed into a desperate need for attention. It is riveting, but confusing.

The Verdict: This one has already stood the test of time. It was voted the best single of the summer in an XXL poll and received a healthy amount of critical acclaim. We might look back on this as the most important song of his career. The Score: 10/10.

4. "Compton." I don't mind saying this is a strange song. It is meant to sound ominous and epic, but a cheesy "gangsta boogie" refrain pretty much dooms that effort right from the start. Why the Game chooses The Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am to produce his Compton anthem is beyond me.

Love It: The Game actually kills this track, which makes it all the more regrettable that will.i.am had to try and turn it into something "funky." The beat itself is actually pretty sweet and the highs and lows allow The Game to emote more than normal, but the chorus just sucks. If I had time, I would splice this up in Garage Band so I could just listen to the verses, which are pretty awesome.

Hate It: You know what I hate about this song? You can throw in the fact the Game rhymes the word "myself" with "myself" three times in a row. I don't know when rappers started thinking it was a good idea to rhyme the same word over and over, but it isn't.

The Verdict: Combining the throbbing bassline and thumping drums with The Game's A-game snarl was a great idea, as was titling a song "Compton." Unfortunately, there is all this other crap to contend with. The best way I can describe it is parts of the song felt like one of those Black Eyed Peas' breakdancing moves. There's a time and place for that, but this wasn't really it. Too bad, because this could have been one for the books. The Score: 8/10.

5. "The Remedy." Just Blaze makes his first appearance on this album and goes for the throwback feel by blatantly sampling a Public Enemy song. The effect is not great.

Love It: Honestly, there isn't anything to truly love here. The Game has always been good at packing a lot of imagery into a short burst; he's rap's version of a minimalist author like Brett Easton Ellis or Chuck Palahniuk. So when he bursts onto the track and hammers about 75 L.A. references into the first 16 bars, it is kind of impressive. But that's about all I can say.

Hate It: This is probably the worst chorus I've ever heard, and I really don't care about choruses. Should Just Blaze even get paid for this beat? He completely re-imagined "Super Freak" when he made "Kingdom Come" and even "Show Me What You Got" does something with Public Enemy's "Show Em What You Got," but what was done here, exactly?

It sounds like the Game is just rapping over an instrumental version of that old PE track (name escapes me). I don't get it. Not only that, but you don't create an old school, nostalgic West Coast track by "sampling" a seminal East Coast song. The better "throwback" song is "Da S***," where new and old are fused together to create an authentic sound. This just sounds like a song you'd find on one of those dumb "In the Beginning" albums where Redman does Sugarhill Gang tracks and Too Short remakes, well, Too Short songs. Whatever.

The Verdict: To me, this is the most disappointing song on the album. But maybe I only feel that way because the prospect of a Blaze retro beat had me hoping for another "No More Fun and Games." The Score: 5/10.

6. "Let's Ride (Strip Club)." I think this was supposed to be the new "How We Do" or something, but… yikes.

Love It: This sounds like a run-of-the-mill Scott Storch beat. Oh wait, it is.

Hate It: I suppose there are worse tracks that could come on at a club, but we won't be confusing it for The Best of Pitbull anytime soon.

The Verdict: Dr. Dre's absence isn't really felt on this album since the Game sort of sounds like him in half the songs and a few of the new producers did their best Andre Young impersonations. As for 50 Cent, his absence isn't really felt on this album either, but only because the Game generally stays away from the dance floor, this-one's-for-the-ladies stuff that has become G-Unit's modus operandi. Here though, he tries for the club banger and he fails. He needed 50 to even have a shot at pulling it off. I wish they would have just left this off the album. The Score: 5/10.

7. "Too Much." Coming out of a two-song lull, I worried when I saw both Scott Storch and Nate Dogg were involved in this one. If that doesn't sound like the recipe for worthless filler, I don't know what does.

Love It: I was pleasantly surprised with this one. Storch shows some restraint and lets a rather hypnotizing keyboard twinkle roll over a simple bassline, which allows the beat to sound fairly expensive without getting in the way. Or maybe "Let's Ride" was just so bad this sounds good by comparison. I'm not entirely sure. The Game does the rhyming-the-same-word thing again with multiple "my hood" references, although at least this time there is a homonym in play. (Although I think he was going for a "I've got the hood on me like Abu Ghraib" line like Lupe Fiasco fired off, and boy does Lupe bury him on that front.) Other than that, he's pretty decent here.

Hate it: The name dropping is pretty out of control, but you almost have to appreciate both the breadth and depth with which he employs this tactic. He manages to cram three athletes (Tracy McGrady, Ken Griffey Jr., Ben Wallace), nine hip-hop figures (Suge Knight, Kanye, Young Jeezy, Biggie, 2Pac, Nate Dogg, Snoop, Scott Storch, and Dre), and even a Wild West outlaw (Billy the Kid) into the first two verses of this thing, which is pretty incredible. The Nate Dogg chorus is typical fare, which isn't really a compliment.

The Verdict: I kind of talked myself out of this one even as I wrote it up, but the truth is, I like listening to this song. I'll hedge. The Score: 7/10.

8. "Wouldn't Get Far." This song is a beast. It has a theme (albeit an incredibly misogynistic one), a structure, one of the best Kanye beats of the past two years, and a pretty hilarious homage to 2Pac's "It's All About You."

Love It: Kanye's production here is just sick. He traded in the chipmunk voices for a soulful female backing, but layered in the elegant "wouldn't get far" refrain with the same frequency. The net gain is huge. The Game and Kanye seem to have really good chemistry when rapping together, and as much as I liked "Crack Music" from Late Registration, this is far superior.

Hate It: The whole song makes fun of groupies and aspiring video dancers, so the gender-bashing implications are huge. Fortunately, the barbs are mostly contained to specific audiences, allowing me to enjoy the song in good conscience.

The Verdict: My favorite song on the album. The Score: 10/10.

9. "Scream On 'Em." Swizz Beats produces this, probably to keep the whole "The Game raps like a New Yorker" myth alive. What did that ever mean anyway? That he's lyrical? Because he's really not all that lyrical. (Or at least he wasn't until this song; but to count this would mean someone can see the future.) That he uses a lot of metaphors? I don't get it. But I digress.

Love It: I actually really like this track, which puts me in the minority among the half-dozen people I've discussed the album with. I like the chanting in the background, the violent scream subbing for a bridge, and I love the simple progression beat that lets The Game "spit hot fire, mon" (as Dave Chappelle-as-Dylan would say). Say what you want about Swizz Beats, but he might have gotten the best bars out of Game on the whole album. Chuck Taylor murders this track.

Hate It: Could have done without the Swizz outro and I can understand why some people might feel like the song has some flaws.

The Verdict: It could be I'm still riding high from the Kanye track, but I really love this song. I thought it played to The Game's strengths while also bringing some diversity to the album, which is a pretty impressive twofer. The Score: 9/10.

10. "One Night" It sounds like Nottz was trying to produce another "Keep Me Down" (from Scarface's classic album The Fix), but A) The Game, although improved, is not Scarface, and B) the chorus is kind of awful on this one.

Love It: The subtle horns spice up a very basic beat just enough to make the verses flow rather nicely and The Game is well above average rapping on this as he delves back into his tumultuous 2006.

Hate It: This really makes me want to listen to Scarface.

The Verdict: People seem to really like this one, but I'm not that excited. It certainly isn't "cutting room floor" material, but I think Game had better tracks on DJ Exclusive's Dretox mixtape. The Score: 7/10.

11. "Ol' English." This isn't the best song on the album, but it is probably The Game's best rapping, maybe ever. He does a fantastic job of storytelling here and while he's offering up many familiar themes and probably making up half of it, he delivers it with real passion. It sounds like he believes it, at least. And as George Costanza once said, "It's not a lie if you believe it's true."

Love It: I like Hi-Tek more than most, so while some might find the beat a bit blase, I love it. It stays out of the way, creates a mood, and that little whistle is fantastic. Make no mistake though, the Game is the star here. I really don't think he was capable of making this song last year, so this should probably be Exhibit A for his improvement as an artist. I also like the two uses of Old English, because I'm a sucker for wordplay of any sort, especially when it is done thematically.

Hate It: What's not to like? Some will point to the conflicting accounts of Game's life story and scoff at anything resembling a biographical tale, but that is splitting hairs. If a screenwriter crafts a riveting script, do we make him vouch for every word? It's not a memoir and this guy isn't James Frey; he's making rap songs, for crying out loud.

The Verdict: This song has convinced me the Game has staying power and this is going to wind up being a seminal album. The Score: 10/10.

12. "Doctor's Advocate." The Game returns to that weird, high-pitched voice he used on "Start From Scratch" and the word is that this is his "drunk voice." I guess he got wasted with Dr. Dre one night and then they pumped out "Start From Scratch," so it is probably fitting if he really did go back into the studio to get hammered and wound up recording his apology/explanation to Dre.

Love It: This is such a strange song. After an entire album of bragging and boasting and standing on his own two, The Game just melts into a puddle here. But it is so riveting at the same time. Is this the only venue he has to speak to Dre? The way he vacillates from full-on apology mode to headstrong and back again is remarkable, if not a little terrifying.

Hate It: Many will take this as another sign of Game's instability and tell him to quit being a baby. I personally didn't care for Busta Rhymes' verse here and actually thought it was an even stranger segment. Is Busta reduced to speaking to Dre on an album as well?

The Verdict: This stands to be one of the more critically acclaimed songs on the album given the raw emotion and intriguing backstory, not to mention the haunting Jonathan Rotem beat. However, as Randy Jackson would say, "It was just okay for me." Once was enough with Drunk Game. The Score: 8/10.

13. "California Vacation." Rotem goes back-to-back here with what I guess you could call a posse cut. The problem is the Game's posse is Snoop and Xzibit, which means the boring synthesizer isn't the only relic from the 20th century to appear on this song. If Game wanted to do a "we're the West Coast" song, he should have buried the hatchet with Glasses Malone and Bishop LaMont, got himself a J Wells beat, and done something that sounds like it came from 2006 instead of 1996.

Love It: I like Game's verse here and Xzibit does his usual serviceable job in a guest role (the "red and blue can make green" line is classic), but that's about it.

Hate It: If this is the best Snoop can do, then the new album might be a disappointment (although the recently leaked track "Get a Light" gives me hope). The big problem here is everything is just average.

The Verdict: Pretty mediocre stuff. The Score: 7/10.

14. "Bang." Speaking of 1996…

Love It: I'm a sucker for the Dogg Pound and Kurupt has always been a personal favorite, but I just got a DPG fix with Cali Iz Active, so I'm not sure I needed this. The second verse is much better than the first as all three guys seem to benefit from Jelly Roll giving them that pounding piano lead-in.

Hate It: Too much mediocrity down the stretch on this album.

The Verdict: Yawn. The Score: 6/10.

15. "Around the World." Here we've got Jamie Foxx on the hook, where he continues to prove he's a good singer, but a much better actor. Denaun Porter is one of my favorite producers, but this just seems like he scooped up a 50 Cent beat off the cutting room floor, tossed the Kanye chipmunk thing onto it, and collected his check.

Love It: I don't care for rap songs about sex, but at least Game gives the subject all of his energy and vitriol. There's no charm here, just pure intensity. If I were a woman, I'd stay the hell away from this guy.

Hate It: Pretty much everything.

The Verdict: The only way to describe this is it sounds like 50 decided to loan one more track to the Game, so he gave him the one song that didn't make the cut on The Massacre. Yeah, pretty bad. The Score: 4/10.

16. "Why You Hate The Game." This is presumably a nine-minute track (although the leaked version is "just" five minutes and feels plenty long) featuring Nas doing the first verse and Marsha of Floetry on the hook. The beat is by Just Blaze, who seems to be putting out a new track every other day. Does he have these things lying around? Does he ever go outside? I have many questions.

Love It: This isn't the beat from "Song Cry" or anything, but it is still a pretty soulful track. It sounds a bit like a leftover Kanye or Just Blaze number from The Blueprint, but it still feels as if some time and effort were put into it, which is probably all that counts these days. Comparing the beat to Blaze's recent Jay-Z tracks, I like it a lot better than "Show Me What You Got," but not as much as "Kingdom Come."

As for the actual rapping, Nas' verse is solid, but nothing special. It kind of sounds like he's following blueprints devised from his old albums; it is technically flawless, but just not that interesting. As for Game, he displays some of his growth as a lyricist, but is ultimately overshadowed by the beat, the hook, and by Nas. There are other tracks that serve as better examples of his improvement as a rapper.

Hate It: People will be quick to point out the fact the Game ducked yet another hook by letting Marsha sing it, but again, I'm not sure what the big deal is on that front. The bigger issue is his habit of name-dropping crests and becomes completely out of control on this song. His first line goes "Pac is watching, Big is listening, while Pun talking to us, Jam J still spinning" and then he goes on to mention Shyne, Cam'ron, Dre (three times), Nas (twice), Jay-Z, Flava Flav, Proof, 50 Cent, Biggie (again), and Pac (again). Some of these mentions are actually used really well and the Nas stuff certainly makes sense, but that is a hell of a lot of name-dropping. 17 mentions in 32 bars is pretty ridiculous. It's like he's got some sort of Randy Ratio (the famous gameplan the Vikings used in 2004 to get Randy Moss the ball) for name drops. Also, there is a stretch of the song, about four minutes in, when Blaze drops everything short of the piano and gives the Game a platform to shine vocally, and the results aren't very good. He sounds forced and in desperate need of a metronome.

The Verdict: This comes off as a cohesive, well-done song, but when you parse it up, there isn't much to get fired up about. I guess the biggest thing here is The Game was able to assemble the pieces to this puzzle. It makes for a nice finishing piece and I will go ahead and take the sum into account, rather than the individual parts. Score: 9/10.

Overall. The album should have been four songs shorter (my choices to get the axe: "The Remedy," "Let's Ride (Strip Club)", "Bang," and "Around the World"). At 12 songs — most of them really, really good — this would have been a virtually flawless album. And it is possible that the rumors are true and a few more gems are on the way. As it stands, Doctor's Advocate is still an incredibly important release and one of the better efforts in hip-hop for 2006.

The Game has evolved as an artist and is one of the few rappers out there making music who winds up being this vulnerable (whether intended or not). The presence of stellar tracks from producing heavyweights like Kanye, Just Blaze, Swizz Beats, and Hi-Tek blends well with the surprisingly terrific efforts by upstarts like Reefa, Urban EP Pope, and DJ Khalil. The album may not be a classic, but I think it might be even better than The Documentary and is a major accomplishment for one of the most maligned rappers in the industry. The Score: 8.3/10.

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  • King Street Gypsy

    Despite what you the review says: The Doctor’s Advocate may be the hottest track on the cd. But I do agree Busta’s outtro could have been editted out of the track but will probably serve a purpose in the video.

  • http://www.canhead.wordpress.com laron

    Wow…hell of a review. Great job!

  • moe

    yo the dr’s advocate would’ve been a classic but round the world and cali vacation kinda skrewed it up hopefully game puts new traks on there but he didn’t fukk oh well the cd is sik but not a classic its the beginning of hip hop’s revival

  • THE PIMP IN DA L.B.C

    This album is down.My fav track from dis tite ass album is Scream On Em

  • whitegaze

    If it weren’t for those strange instrumentals and vocals that appear out of nowhere, especially in the middle of Game(or someone else) “spit hot fire, mon”, I would give the CD/album a better grade than B+. I swear that sh*t had me reaching for the system to see if another song had started up…..

  • Dano

    great review, i listened while reading track by track, very well done

    may there be more game albums to come

  • Kiel

    i agree the track was hot and that was not his “drunk voice” The game him just like in Start From Strach that is what he sounds like when he is emotional… he cryed during both thoses tracks

  • the doctor’s advocate

    he disappointed me and half his songs seem all the same. i rate the game played it safe a#nd tried to make the album the same as the documentary! i dont think he’s going to do as well as last album in terms of sales as it it just going to please peeps from the West Coast and his name dropping is getting old. it doesnt have replay value so i guess i’ll have to wait for the games next album! If he fails, 50 will have a field day!

  • the doctor

    i have to settle a few things one he says in “doctors advocate” that he was drunk during start from scratch ya just gotta listen 2 its different from “the documentary” cause “the doctors advocate” was about the westcoast and all of whats happened since “the doc” whereas “the doc” was about his life upto “the doc” anyways great review but dont agree with axeing “bang!” and “lets ride”

  • Rick

    I believe this is a better album than the documentary, this is the rebirth of game not the west coast. he’s always done that. but california vacation and his song to dre. also compton with will.I.am these are all crazy at 150db. this is a classic and he is the spawn of gangsters.

  • Darko

    Yo,Yo,Yo, as a loyal G-Unit fan, I struggled to find the heart to listen to dudes new joint, but I can’t lie, sh*& is dope! Old school Cali style, dude got his history together, and the tracks are allll bangin! 50 or not, this is one talented young man, and it’s almost frightening that this kid is only 24 years old! Hot!

  • ninja

    I am in Zimbabwe, AFrica yo! I was kind of pissed by Game starting trouble all around and after watching him on youtube, I had decided not to buy this CD, coz Game is an immature big baby. But I have to say this is the best Cd since bow down from Westside Connection. This is better than the new Cube, DPG, Snoop, Kurrupt (but not all put together). Game, respect, from AFrica. Just grow up man, find something to write about besides bragging, and you will be one of the best.

  • Cai Cai

    Umm dats just ur opinion i really didnt care too much for your little review i like most of the songs on the cd and what u had to say was just dat your opinio

  • Brandon

    Wow i can beleave it this cd sux,,,,,I am a Loyal Game Fan But Like Come on,,,, Like This
    $#!+…..It sunds all the same and he cant rap ,,,,,,,He had a flow,,,,and when he beefs He flows like crazy!!!!! BUt im sorry its crap, and sumwun gunna expose him

  • mike

    game is the best !!!!!!!!!!!!1111

  • hoodbred

    This s**t is hot im tellin’ you the first time i heard it i was dissappointed but when i really listened to it i was happy. Alot better than jay-z’s kingdom come and im trying so hard to like that sh*t!!!100

  • jay

    This is westcoast to the fullest I guess Im just a westcoast ridar born and raised in Inglewood CA
    This is the hottest s**t out ! I gotta say I can listen to the entire album without skipping a track much love to the west !!!

  • d.johns

    yo dre? do it like the dre, me n dre dre dre dre dre dre dre dre dre on every track except 1 maybe….coulda been a classic its a safe album…good luck buddy,haha tantrum tv dvd magazine d.johns

  • Mickell

    Games A Problem, and he proved that he dont need 50 or Dre. He went gold in One Week. My man Game a problem. For Real. THE ALBUM IS CRACK

  • ManofTrouble

    Yo!!! I just wanna say…The “Wouldn’t get far” track is stolen shit from Jadakiss’ “By your side”… Call me crazy, but you just can’t deny it,right? Other than that,I really like this album…I’ve been totally crazy about Game over the past year…The whole G-Unot stuff (crazy)…This is the first albim since All Eyez On Me that has every dope song…Rootin’ 4 my man GAME…P.S. Some songs from his latest mixtapes are better than certain songs on this album, but…P.P.S. Good review

  • DJ-Kheaven

    whut up nigroyz and nigrets?
    im here 2 give my piece on the the new game records
    and lemme tell u ive been a game fan since my homies bro was like lemme show u the face of westcoast, since day1 man
    im feelin this album, but i gotta admitt i did xpect more, this is a killah review made me stop and think…
    i didnt like scream onem, lets ride, and expected more from bang
    man i was pumpin doggfood the other day(smooth, i dont wanna dream about getten paid, lets play house,bomb azz pussy,respect!!) man those were sum bangen traxx Kurupt and Daz are sic plus game this was guarenteed success the track aint bad but fuck man no hook, sum lame ass pianos, and a change jingle in the background, this isnt DPG this isnt game? not what i expected
    scream onem aint that bad it gets me pumped, but that coulda bin a sicc song im talken like D12’s Pour a 40′ Out shit off D12 World that trakk boy shit gets me goin wild,the south has bin big in 2006, im all about my westcoast shit but Swizz beats got the tlaent and money 2 match and excell that especially with gmae on the lyrics yo
    let’s ride was a horrible single for the Album, i mean one blood wasnt krazee but thats a sicc track, this is like…game wtf are u doing? even comparison in the videos man, this aint shit 2 this is how we do, not even mentioning 50, the blowen chronic smoke with dre and him in the beginning, the club scenes, like that shit was releaseing an album, the song and video for lets ride is like the nothing but a g thang video just done badly, its like a backyard party in compton with no one but game.. maybe thats what he was goin for still not impressed thought he’s spice things up and make the first real single off docs advocate 2 hott 2 touch
    i also disagree with the albums title track, the drunk voice again, my homie whose a game-hater fucken told me he thought lil bitch game was crying when he heard this
    when hes more or less doing a confesion to dre, but trying 2 sound all crunk in the process i just thought shit didnt i hear this on… oh right the documentry..another thing i noticed about start from scratch the first 2 versus of the song games drunk as shit, in the third verse hes rappen like any other track? its like man that song was deep @ first but that just proves it wasnt recorded @ the same time as the first two choruses..ahh game it is just a rap game and it is just money, all justa struggle none the less i still like the track, the end line..The Game-lets go 2 the studio *hiccup* Busta-hahaha go 2 sleep nigga, i laughed 2
    my fav. tracks are too much ive always been a sucker for a nate hook, especially when im tired and i just wana kik back and blaze 1, so 2 have that flow, with those bells and bassline just creepin along nsynce with game lyrical shitt..light it up, ol english is the single i woulda gone with instead of lets ride, i mean no one knows how great this albums gunna be so i doubt any other producers or artists featured wanna be the FIRST SINGLE off Games album or maybe they do who knowz, but he’s all alone on this one no other hooks no other shout outs just him and sum nigga on the chorus, and i dunno bout ya’ll but u got a tatty in ol english, i drank ol english when i was young cuz they were cheap, i still had money for bud, and they got me drunk as shit, and i duno about u but ive poured out plenty 40’s for homies not there or missed can totally relate 2 this one, the beatz sic, the hookz sic, wouldnt get far fuck dreamz this shits pimpin that songs deep and all this one just makes me bounce, i like the fact we have no alvin and the chipmunks on this track and i luv how game does what he did in the down and out diss how he lets the beat finishes his sentence like when i see loyd banks hes goin DOWN DOWN, if u the car withem u betta duck DOWN DOWN this one he’s all wouldnt get u that FAR, couldnt get that FAR, its just pimpin’ i luv it one of my fav’s 2 and fucken remedy FUCK U review guy i wanted one old skool sounding track, and this delivered made me wanna buy a lowrider just so i couldnt pump it up my block, bounce, and throw up WESTSIDE myself damnn ill admitt some of this shit makes me wonder, game coulda done this better, everyone knows but the shits still good its just dissapointing u kno the potential hes got i remember when everyone was all man 50’s the next pac, thats bullshit, but if game put his mind 2 it he could never be pac, but damn he could be close
    antoher thing i didnt like is a Knew aftermath and interscope wouldnt be scene on the back of the album but! dre shoulda been courtious enough to hook game up with ONE beat and maybe even featured on it i mean fuck he called the aldum the DOCTROS advocate and gives the fucken guy propz through out the whole thing, one track, one beat, wouldnt have given the guy a heart attack its not like detox is commin out neytime soon
    and if theres not aftermath, no interscope, no fagget gunit on the back of his album what is left but Geffen fagget ass Geffen, u aint got much choice but i remember reading in a XXL issue that the BLACK WALL STREET emblum will be guarenteed on the back of my album check ur cd, cuz mine doesnt have a hint of the black wall logo on it and thats probably the most dissapointing fact of this whole album
    all n all good album, great review, games still got game and for now keep it commin while u got it homie nothing but love
    2 stay in the game, keep it real, and stick 2 ur roots, remember where u cam from and how u woulda wanted ureself 2 sound when u were young bumpin gin and juice im sure it woulda been close but better then this noise

  • Mbili

    I agree with some of your comments, but I believe you got it wrong on “Lets ride (Strip Club. There is no 50 needed there. The song song is a straight club anthem. It is one of my favourate songs on the album. The Game is proving to all that he’s got steel. Dr Dre is my favourite producer but I miss him less in this album.

  • Mike

    stepped up his flow….one more great song and it coulda been a classic….other than that its fuckin tight……the third verse in “too much” is the best piece of the album…..good shit

  • Kay

    The album is cool lyrically but the production is porous and poor.
    A waste of lyrics without any backups he should go back to the Doc and beg for mercy…

  • Mike

    good review, but i just cant understand why you don’t like “Remedy” and “California Vacation”

    those are two of my favorite tracks on the album

    you must not be from the west coast

  • http://www.myspace.com/4laydyzonly Damon

    I just read alot of hate & comments made maybe w/ out hearing the album enough. To set the recors straight The Game is 1 of the top 5 rappers out right now along w/ Jay Z. Lil Wayne, Rick Ross & T.I., and now that he has dropped his 2nd CD he is 2 for 2 ! 2 classics in a row who else has ever donr that ? lookin @ u a great intro track, Da S**T ina work HOT, #3 1 blood man u already know, Compton he hooked up w/ Will I Am helping 2 introduce him as a producer t 2 those that did’nt know of his many talents not 2 mention how he ripped the track, the remedy i read hate on the choosen track, OK sounds like an old PE track, but also sounds exactly like a track Dre made back in da day 4 NWA, let’s ride u know da deal w/ that 1 already also, Too much besides Scott Storch it’s classic west coast, but he did fit in nicely, would’nt get far Kanye & Game 1 word “banger”, Scream on em come on it son’t get any better than Game & Da monster not 2 mention how he murdered the track, 1 nite is about hate in da hood like hate in da industry like hate i just read…nuff said ol’ english may be the only track i don’t like that much, but is hotter then alot of other stuff i hear, title track doctors advocate hott say what u want it’s hott the track is hott & Busta ripped it also, the rest of the album is sick helped 2 puch it 2 classic status California Vacation listen Snoop & Xzibit nuff said, Bang classic west coast again when u add in Daz & Kurupt it’s a wrap, Around the World….2 much hate on this track 50 wish he had a trach this hot on The Massacre, game & jamie, hot lyrics & hooks deal w/ it haters, why u hate the game ft. Nas who ripped it while introducing hiself back 2 hip hop as 1 of the top lyricist ! Alot of hate on the game the album is hot another classic, sounds like a classic west coast album that dre did, but w/ out a dre track hate all u want u’ll when he goes multi again !

  • JustBlazed33

    Hey Y’all,

    Just thought i’d put my 2 cents in on the new Game Album. First up, I love all the BAPE bashing. Not that i hate BAPE, but it seems every damn hip-hop stars is wearing one of them hoodies. It’s strange, the Bathing Ape name refers to the fact most teenagers in Japan are happy to live a relaxed / shallow life. Too quickly taking the advantages they were blessed with in life for granted, which is exactly the opposite of the way The Game has reached the level he has achieved, so I’m suprised a lil bit, but it’s good to see Game not afraid to attack anything (Fuck he kills hypnotic)

    Been alotta talk about no 50 and no Dre, but honestly, I ain’t counting down the days to 50’s new album. Seriously. The No-Dre show took me a bit by suprise (Especially since it’s named after him) but after a listen I got over that. Didn’t totally agree on “Bang” being left out, personnally i loved the line “We don’t put stars on our shoes bitch, we put the whole car on our shoes” and the “Dribble rock like Wade and Bounce like Shaq”, but I am a heat fan so.. what’d you expect? Anyways I’ve dribbled enough shit and its time to get to business.

    Loved the album 4.5 / 5 Stars

    (I agree the album is maybe about 2 tracks too long)

    Best album since Busta’s new joint. Nuff Said.

  • killaken805

    These reviews are confusing. It just seems that you guys bag on the track and than give it a 9 outta 10. Doesn’t make much sense. I get no hint of 50 snitch on this album. All of the tracks are good, there aren’t any bad tracks. I don’t like the absence of black wallstreet shout outs in any of the tracks except for one. Where is the pride? This album is still amazing. West coast is back.

  • Christina Parrish

    Very good site.

  • http://www.myspace.com/youngkay:inspiredbysilence kay

    Lyrics ain’t great. But Game isn’t a lyricist, he’s an anthem maker. If the production sucked, the ablum would, but it doesn’t. Production is great; gave me the feeling of listening to a one man nwa. Classic

  • call me GAME

    the game is truest since pac left,that nigga have the spirit of a true g and he is the soul of westcoast rap,he is bringin back what most of the westcoast rappers forgot,he got luv for the hood and he expresses his luv on his albums,50 saw that game is the saviour of the wescoast that’s why he is hating,the doctor’s advocate is dope EVERY TRACK ROCKS if u stop hating u’ll see the truth