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Thursday, August 21, 2008

The Game: L.A.X. - Review

"Warning: I Kind Of Like This Record..."

After the third consecutive record from an Jayceon Taylor that I (inexplicably) liked, I am forced to ponder - Am I a fucking fan of the Game? I certainly should not be. The Game is an awkward, awkward rapper who won’t shut the fuck up about being from Compton, irritatingly drops endless names of famous rappers to such an obscene degree that at this point it’s gone way beyond self-parody and has a creepy stalker-level obsession with Dr. Dre, 50 Cent and Jay-Z (who I’m not entirely sure even knows Game exists) to the point where the album doesn’t go two songs without either one of their name’s mentioned. I should not like his music but here I am about to write another positive review for one of the most derivative, unoriginal rappers in hip hop history and I have no choice that after three records I’m a reluctant fan of this guy. It’s thoughts like this that keep me up at night.

No! You can’t do it! You won’t do it! You’re the Good Doctor Zeus! You shred the wretched of the rap game with a fury that is unsurpassed in the (not a) blog world. You’ll lose your street credibility. C’mon, you can do it! Just make a bunch of sarcastic comments about the Game’s serious delusions of grandeur, rip him for name dropping literally every artist from ‘91 and up and insinuate he’s secretly desperately wants to make love with 50 Cent! It’s easy! There’s even a fucking Lil’ Wayne song! You love hating on Lil’ Wayne
! It’s your calling card! Just one more time! Do it for me!

Yet, I cannot. The record’s good. What can I say? The Game has consistently proven that despite his numerous and many flaws as an emcee, he has the best ears in the business when it comes to picking out beats for the album. The production on “L.A.X.” is really great. It’s filled with these menacing, West Coast tinged bangers that manage to not only mask Game’s numerous lyrical deficiencies but help enhance his fierce, rough delivery on songs like (the Flesh Eaten Skeleton Of) Ice Cube-assisted “State Of Emergency”, “House Of Pain” and the surprisingly great single “Dope Boys.” Raekwon manages to show up and offer one of his best verses in years on “Bulletproof Diaries”, (a song that proves a Dre-assisted “Cuban Linx II” might not be the worst thing that ever happened to existence) where he defiantly and triumphantly refers himself as not only a “New York Dinosaur” but a “Staten Island Artifact” on the same record. It’s one of the year’s best left-field collaborations which grows even greater when you consider that the Game manages to not get himself completely blown out the water like he does on the equally great Ludacris collaboration “Ya Heard.”


Absolutely, not! I refuse to let you give Game another positive review. I can sort of tolerate the Game making two records that are inexplicably sort of great but I will not tolerate three in the row. He simply doesn’t have the talent for that. I can accept “The Documentary” being great because Dr. Dre dumped a shit ton of money into the production and 50 Cent inexplicably decided to give the Game the last few legitimately great records where he gave a shit. I can even accept “The Doctor’s Advocate” being great because there is a certain level of emotional resonance and meaning behind it considering the personal trials and tribulations that Game went through after being tossed out of G-Unit and having his career almost blackballed by 50 cent and Jimmy Iovine. “L.A.X.” can’t be any good! It would place him to the rare category of rappers who first three records that are all legitimately great. I mean that’s basically puts him on the same level as A Tribe Called Quest, Kanye West and De La Soul. He doesn’t belong in their company. He isn’t fit to tote their weed carrier’s weed through airport security.. He’s a boring, insufferable douche bag who probably should just blow his brains out if he’s going to continue to whine about Dr. Dre refusing to return any of his inappropriate late night drunken phone calls!


The thing is despite all of Game’s numerous personal deficiencies and lyrical atrocities, Jayceon Taylor manages to have one skill that manages to make his music oddly compelling. He’s able to channel all of his faux-suicidal histrionics into music that is palpable and real. It’s doesn’t make a lot of sense considering all that makes Game personally kind of despicable but you do not have to actually like an artist to like their music. For example on “Dope Boys”, The Game kind of mocks his Dr. Dre obsession when he comments that he is going climb through Dre’s window late at night and arouse Dre with raucous yell that “he’s home.” It shows that even Game has a sense of the utter ridiculousness of his own theatrics and proves that he has somewhat of a sense of humor about it all. The Game shows that he has a sense of savvy to it all.

Ultimately, “L.A.X.” is not a perfect record by any stretch of the imagination. It’s not as well-produced or as catchy as “The Documentary” nor as oddly emotionally poignant as “The Doctor’s Advocate” but it proves that Game is an artist with some staying power. He’s an extremely flawed and frustrating artist and is in desperate need of somebody to tell him to drop all of the name-dropping but he’s capable of making enjoyable West Coast albums that can be enjoyed on their own right. God help us if he decides to get “experimental” with us all. I don’t think I can take it.


You know you're going to get ripped for this? Yeah, I know.




66 comments:

Berto said...

"Devil I rebuke you in the name of Jesus!" Those words alone give me high hopes for this album.

DocZeus said...

""Devil I rebuke you in the name of Jesus!" Those words alone give me high hopes for this album."

Yeah, DMX was beyond unintentionally hilarious on this album. It's part of the charm.

JK said...

I like the album too. Not as much as his first two but it's pretty damn good. Yeah and I hear you about not wanting to like his music. I am kinda embarrassed by the number of plays he has on my last.fm page.

Anonymous said...

pretty much how i feel about all of the game records. whereas contradictions can be interesting in rappers, the game's whole persona and level of success is definitely a frustrating phenomenon to me. Its almost annoying because he doesnt have that one great calling card that i can identify him with. on one level dude's merely a competent rapper with stunningly cliche west cost gangsterism subject material. on the other hand, he cries on wax and displays a strong sense of delivering emotionally resonant records. and in some others he seems like he's merely playing up the emotional side by crying in interviews . seems like he hasnt figured himself out yet. he's been especially annoying recently w/ those barbs at jay-z, coz there's one side of him thats a total stan extraordinaire the likes of which mainstream rap has never seen, and then there's this new side of him thats starting to think he's better than his idols. brave enough to get a tattoo of a butterfly on his face, but insecure enough to feel embarassed and cover that up with a typical west coast tat. rapping while wearing a "hip hop broke my heart" t shirt. Hip Hop did ? or was it Dr Dre? or Mya or Vida Guerra or 50 or Bow Wow's Madden skills ? geeeez make up your mind. i guess we should have known to expect inconsistencies from a guy who appeared on a ahem gameshow called CHANGE OF HEART - jay (d)eff kay

JK said...

^That's a good summary of his career. How come so many people that don't have a blog write better than most so called hip hop bloggers.

DocZeus said...

"How come so many people that don't have a blog write better than most so called hip hop bloggers."

HEY!!!

JK said...

Haa nah I didn't mean u Zeus. You're one of the few I actually read.

floodwatch said...

Couldn't care less about the record, love the good cop/bad cop arguing of conscious style of review.

Anonymous said...

no seriously, i think being a stan and openly name dropping is one of the most honest, soul-baring things you can do as an artist, imho. in a hip hop landscape filled w/ biters, you'd think this sort of namedropping would be the norm. but no. so for a while there, game's schtick or lets say impulse to name drop felt refreshing. yeah it gets really annoying when he does that on every song, but atleast i knew where the dude was coming from - he's a fan. then the dude turns around and starts desperately grasping for camera time by talking about the entire west coast having his back and being able to destroy jigga. yknow that video of tht sanjaya fan crying @ his performance? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngSZWRdyBe8 well if we had a video of that fan then trash talking sanjaya , then we'd have an equivalent to a game-dissing- jayz-interview. jay (d)eff kay. ps his verse on "letter to the king" http://smokingsection.uproxx.com/TSS/?p=6440 is a predictable mixed bag. moments where i can totally feel his anger, emotion,and delivery and a moment where he felt the need to name drop rihanna's umbrella next to coretta scott's loss.

Madman said...

It was cool I guess. 1 too many tracks that were just meh.

7/10. Better than Doctors Advocate, but it aint fuckin with Documentary

Jesus Shuttlesworth said...

"I mean that’s basically puts him on the same level as A Tribe Called Quest, Kanye West and De La Soul. He doesn’t belong in their company."

Kanye? what about outkast, ghostface, or devin the dude? i only like some of "the documentary" and i never heard "doctor's advocate." based on "my life," there is no way i am paying this thing any attention.

DocZeus said...

"Kanye? what about outkast, ghostface, or devin the dude?"

I forgot Outkast that was egregious. Ghostface's third album was "Bulletproof Wallets" which is merely just good and not "great" so he doesn't count, The Dude is too inconsistent for my tastes. Still there aren't a lot of artists with three straight great albums.

Jesus Shuttlesworth said...

the other two were more my own personal taste, but outkast should have a place in everyone's heart.

Berto said...

Just got through it, and I must say, it actually made for a pretty great, entertaining listen, which is already a feat for any 75-minute rap album. As you said, dude isn't a great rapper by any stretch, but somehow the production makes you FEEL like he's one. Though I'm surprised you didn't mention his whispers of "sex" on "Touchdown" when you called him a creep.

Jordan said...

The Game is the only person who could possibly have such a creepy stalker persona and still manage to come off as the blandest guy in the world. Seriously, dude makes Derek Jeter seem interesting.

As for 3 straight great albums, how about 8ball and MJG, who were masters of consistency back in the day? And fuck it, World Party is better than any Game album I've heard.

Jesus Shuttlesworth said...

"And fuck it, World Party is better than any Game album I've heard."

hey hey hey hey. i'll allow it.

Christopher said...

At least you have the nuance to explain yourself and the double-think involved in thinking any of the Game's records are great.

Instrumental Version of "The Documentary"> Anything Game ever did.

Madman said...

Great is only 9/10 or 10/10. So The Documentary is his only great album

Trey Stone said...

i still think people who hype this guy as having the best ear for beats in the mainstream must just listen to too much obscure true-school rap with boring-ass production. his last two albums are just marginally better versions of any "let's get every hot producer we can" major-label rap album today. and my distaste for Curtis aside, Get Rich > Documentary.

also i still have yet to hear anyone convincingly explain why dude gets the beats over rhymes treatment when dudes like Kanye and Wayne get better and more unique beats, and have way more interesting and relatable personalities. Game is possibly the least sympathetic rapper out, dude's not endearing in any way.

still i'll check this one when it actually comes out to see whether he actually pulled it off this go around. though if "Game's Pain" and "My Life" mean anything i doubt it

DocZeus said...

"
also i still have yet to hear anyone convincingly explain why dude gets the beats over rhymes treatment when dudes like Kanye and Wayne get better and more unique beats, and have way more interesting and relatable personalities"

I'm with you on Kanye but Wayne makes too many out and out horrific songs for that really too apply. I mean c'mon "La, La" and "Lollipop" are still #1 and #2 in terms of worst songs released this year by a major artist.

Game is at least consistent. You either hate every song on general principle or sheepishly kind of like them all. It's really either or.

DocZeus said...

"Great is only 9/10 or 10/10. So The Documentary is his only great album"

Persomally, I like "Doctor's Advocate" more than I like Documentary but I know I am in the minority on this.

Berto said...

trey - I agree with everything you say in principle, esp. the bit about the game's personality. still, there's something endearing about him very self-consciously using his name dropping as something of a gimmick that makes him a bit strangely endearing (this is the first game album I've listened to, so maybe that's why I don't find it as irritating as most others). I have to say LAX grabbed me more on first listen than Carter III, but I doubt it'll nearly have as much replay value for the reasons you've given. in fact I could probably live with never hearing it again.

just wait until you hear the introduction.

Jordan said...

Fuck consistency?

All right maybe that's a bit harsh, but I'll take a handful of genuinely great moments mixed with a few horrible misfires over consistently crafted mediocrity any day. I don't know, it's probably a product of being a member of the ipod generation or whatever, since I was never forced to listen to tracks I didn't want to play, but still I gotta feel consistency's overrated unless you can be consistently really good.

tray said...

Well, I'm not even going to listen to this album, but I'm 100% sure I'd hate it. That said, we all have a soft spot, pause, for at least one awful lyricist, so you're allowed yours - but I don't want to hear any more Jeezy/Cam-bashing from you when you've basically admitted that this guy sucks, objectively speaking, and you only like him because he picks great beats and has a "rough, menacing delivery." I would debate the claim that Kanye has three legitimately great albums - I mean, even Brandon, who seems to think College Dropout is some sort of Mecca and The Soul Brother on chipmunk steroids, admits Late Registration is really inconsistent - but we've already been through that. Anyway, I've finally started a blog, Pay Tray, at blogspot (don't go there yet, nothing's up), and plan to kick things off with a consideration of Jeezy's new song, "My President." Of course, I not only love it, I think Jeezy outshined Nas (to say nothing of how much better the song is than Black President). Naturally I'm curious to hear your Nas-stanning reaction. But yeah, let's just say that "she ain't a politician, honey's a POLEitician" - not Nas's finest moment.

Trey Stone said...

i like "La La" and think "Lollipop's" one of the best (and the most fun) singles of the year, but then maybe i'm just weird. i prefer to think the people who think "Lollipop's" that bad are just cranky purists though

my opinion aside though, i'll take a rapper who's great and a little inconsistent because he fucks with different styles over a bunch of consistent blah from a decent emcee (i think Game's dry and not interesting to listen to at all, just hypothetically here.) "inconsistent's" a word that seems to get tossed around a lot with certain rappers/producers but some of the rap albums people hype as more consistent are really just consistently boring and don't take risks.

Trey Stone said...

damn jordan, why'd you gotta go and do that

damn tray, you have a blog now? i gotta step my game up.

tray said...

Don't worry, it won't be up for a while. Lollipop's kinda grown on me, though the remix's way better (mediocre Kanye verse aside) and I'm not sure why it never blew up. It was like you heard it for two or three weeks and then it was back to the original. On consistency, it's a good thing, all things being equal, but it's very possible to be boring and consistent or even pretty bad and consistent. Look at T.I. He dependably makes good albums, but (and maybe I'm just speaking for myself here) what was the last time you listened to any of them?

DocZeus said...

"but I don't want to hear any more Jeezy/Cam-bashing from you when you've basically admitted that this guy sucks"

Since I'm the only person who thinks that not only is Jeezy wack he makes music boring as plain toast, I'm not sure that quite applies.

Game's different than Cam because nobody and I mean even his apologists are going around claiming Game's a genius unlike Mr. Giles. Plus, Game has never made an album as aggressively bad as "Purple Haze." Terrible album no matter what anybody says.

Madman said...

I still don't see whats so wrong with LaLa besides Brisco's verse

DocZeus said...

"I still don't see whats so wrong with LaLa besides Brisco's verse"

It's completely retarded.

Madman said...

How??

DocZeus said...

"How??"

It's weak ass kiddie rap. It's built around this annoying playground chant that does no favors to Wayne's already irritating voice and it's followed by three subpar verses from all three emcees.

I can't get the image of Oompa Loompa's dancing around Weezy as he goofily sips lean and tries to play guitar.

It's indicative of the lack of quality control that Weezy continues to have. I mean seriously if Wayne showed an ounce of consistency the Carter III would've been the hands down best record of the year. But instead, he releases disjointed mixtape after disjointed mixtape and wastes perfectly great songs go wasted on overrated mixtapes.

Seriously, would anybody complain if La La would've either been excised from the record all together or replaced with the Cannon (Remix). Anybody? At all?

Badmon3333 said...

I'm with you, Doc - I had to give it a positive review as well, despite not wanting to. For me, production is clutch, and The Game just seems to take more care in picking and choosing the beats he uses. It's not my kind of hip-hop, exactly, but there's little arguing about its quality.

DMX rebuking Satan in the name of Jesus stomps on the gas at 'shark-jumpingly tragic' (in spite of "Cradle 2 the Grave") and comes out all the way on the other side of 'horrifically awesome.'

Madman said...

"It's weak ass kiddie rap. It's built around this annoying playground chant that does no favors to Wayne's already irritating voice and it's followed by three subpar verses from all three emcees.

I can't get the image of Oompa Loompa's dancing around Weezy as he goofily sips lean and tries to play guitar.

It's indicative of the lack of quality control that Weezy continues to have. I mean seriously if Wayne showed an ounce of consistency the Carter III would've been the hands down best record of the year. But instead, he releases disjointed mixtape after disjointed mixtape and wastes perfectly great songs go wasted on overrated mixtapes.

Seriously, would anybody complain if La La would've either been excised from the record all together or replaced with the Cannon (Remix). Anybody? At all?"

I don't know what "kiddie rap" is, but Wayne definitely has one of the coolest voices in raps. It's always fun to recite Wayne lyrics using his croak. Wayne and Busta definitely went in on this verse, Wayne to a lesser extent, but his delivery makes his verse that much better. Brisco sucks hands down.

Wayne only has two rated mixtapes, Dedication 2 and Da Drought 3. D2 deserves all of its acclaim. DD3 is slightly overrated, but its still damn good.

I definitely would prefer Cannon over LaLa, but Wayne's lack of quality control will always be blamed on the fact that he doesn't know how to make an album. Mannie always just threw him a bunch of beats and their were alot of guest appearances sans C1. Wayne has said it himself that he just recorded the songs and the label chose what they wanted. Wayne just doesn't know how to make an album.

DocZeus said...

Dwayne's got a DISTINCTIVE voice. I wouldn't necessarily call it "good."

JK said...

Damn, 35 comments deep now. See what happens when I go to the "store". But I am one of the few who like "The Doctor's Advocate" more than "The Documentary" too. On the topic of "LaLa" and "Ms.Officer", shits was wack.

Marcus said...

The weak songs on C3 are Lollipop, Got Money, 3 Peat, Shoot Me Down, & Comfortable.

And I definitely prefer Documentary over DA, but DA is definitely is a smoothier easier listen, mainly cause Game sounds boring as fuck over the great Dre impersonations

Kai said...

I seriously feel like I'm in a parallel universe. The game has 3 great albums? The game even HAS a great album? Yeah, I suppose he owns a copy of the chronic, and illmatic but wow.

The people who think the documentary was a great are victims of the hype machine. The documentary was solid. Good beats, good guest appearances (even Tony Yayo), and very mediocre rhyming by a so-called gangster who has Stan tourettes.

What kind of a gangster doesn't have any actually gangster stories to tell? Or says he woke up from a coma in 2001 when dre dropped 2001, when dre dropped 2001 in 1991?

Some of his music has a certain gangster-pop appeal and he has made some hot records but he has never appeared on any song on any album ever that I would characterize as great. Good? Yes. Hot? Yes. Great? Hell no.

Christopher said...

Actually, Funk Doc, I also seem to be in the minority of people who realize, as opposed to think, that Jeezy is awful and boring.

Its not the fact that he talks slowly instead of rapping, its that his lyrics are garbage and his "menacing" trap-rap beats are REALLY hit-or-miss.

"J.E.E.Z.Y." is my shit, though.

Dart Adams said...

This album was pretty good but it ain't fuckin' with any of the Best Of 2008 contenders. Too many times I was saying to myself "I should hate this...so why don't I?". Come on, Young Jeezy! Leak dammit! Leak!

One.

Marcus said...

I might be one of the prolly seven people in the world who doesn't care about Game's name-dropping. I didn't even notice it, until I started reading the reviews. Besides his name-dropping, I don't think Game is as bad an MC as some make him out to be.

And Kai, 2001 dropped in 99

tray said...

I don't know, doc, I'd say Game's pretty aggressively bad too. I wouldn't be surprised if ten years from now he admits his whole career was some kind of an intentional parody of how awful hardcore rap had become. You might say the same of Cam of course - and you may be right, but Cam, I think, does interesting parody, whereas listening to some guy menacingly growl the same 40 names of rappers, albums, shoes and cars in an endless loop gets boring pretty fast.

Trey Stone said...

while i think Doc it seems like you must just read too much Pitchfork or something from the constant criticism of the supposed "genius" hype emcees like Cam and Wayne get, it makes some sense considering they can bend words and are clever with language in a way that Game just isn't.

and fuck it, Wayne's a genius. OK...maybe someone needs to establish set guidelines as to what can be considered genius, that word gets tossed around too much. let's just say brilliant

co-sign kai's comment, from what i can tell our tastes are night and day but his post was spot-on

Passion of the Weiss said...

I can't even begin to read your comment threads anymore. My head literally starts to explode. Particularly when Trey starts calling Lil Wayne brilliant. Rolls eyes.

I like this album. Nice review. We agree as usual. I also like Doctor's Advocate the most of the trio.

Lu said...

Were we listening to the same album lol? I blog a bit as well and I reviewed L.A.X. and Nas' Untitled album. Check em out and get back at me lol

Lu said...

My bad, the site is www.exclusiverevolution.com

Trey Stone said...

i mean, much as i think people're just grasping for straws with criticism of the guy at this point, we can disagree on Wayne's brilliance...long as no one tries to tell me Game's got him beat on that. cuz that'd just be crazy talk

Jesus Shuttlesworth said...

that dmx intro is horrifying. that man truly needs help, fast.

Anonymous said...

Yea I have questioned the reason I like the Game as well. I tend to like rappers like nas, and Andre 300 who have clever rhymes. The Game in my opinion has average lyrical skills. I've come to the conclusion that some of his beats are just so menacing, that i get lost in what he is saying. He delivers his lyrics to perfection though, and shows great emotion. As long as he keeps picking good beats and raps with passion I don't see me becoming a Game hater anytime soon. The name droppin is pretty funny to me.

Jordan said...

Much as I love to hate The Game, I have to disagree with Kai's last point, in that "Hate It Or Love It" is a great song. It was lightning in a bottle of course, and no one involved will make a song that good again, but it's still great.

tray said...

Hate It Or Love It - great beat, great hook, great verses from 50. Game's contributions were mediocre at best. Even Nas is capable of coming up with more trenchant social insights than

Thinking how they spend 30 million dollars on airplanes
When there's kids starving
Pac is gone, and Brenda still throwing babies in the garbage

Like that's just retarded on so many levels. How's the food supposed to get to the starving kids in Africa without the planes? How do private corporations spending money on planes add to world hunger? Don't planes actually create a more productive, robust economy - something that should help decrease world hunger? What does Pac have to do with this? Of all the wasteful luxuries to take pot shots at, he chooses plane travel? Isn't there something deeply contradictory about this "spend less money on planes, more on starving kids" stance given that he not only spends half the song talking about all the unnecessary stuff he can afford now that 50 signed him (Benz for mom, Jacob, low-rider), but specifically mentions flying back to California? If you feel so bad about it, why don't you boycott air travel and drive back? Of course, it's not meant to be taken so seriously, but it is total nonsense.

DocZeus said...

"Like that's just retarded on so many levels. How's the food supposed to get to the starving kids in Africa without the planes? How do private corporations spending money on planes add to world hunger? Don't planes actually create a more productive, robust economy - something that should help decrease world hunger? What does Pac have to do with this? Of all the wasteful luxuries to take pot shots at, he chooses plane travel? Isn't there something deeply contradictory about this "spend less money on planes, more on starving kids" stance given that he not only spends half the song talking about all the unnecessary stuff he can afford now that 50 signed him (Benz for mom, Jacob, low-rider), but specifically mentions flying back to California? If you feel so bad about it, why don't you boycott air travel and drive back? Of course, it's not meant to be taken so seriously, but it is total nonsense."


I think your misinterpreting that particular line. I think Game is referring to the airline bailout that occurred after 9/11 where the government spent billions of dollars to save a fiscally irresponsible airline industry. It's a bit more logical to suggest why should the federal government being bailing out billion dollar private industries when it refuses to do the same for it's own citizens...

Actually, what am I'm thinking?! I highly doubt Game knew about the airline bailout. After all, homey was in coma in 2001...

I guess "I" always interpreted that line that way.

tray said...

Well your interpretation doesn't make any sense because he specifically says 30 million on planes, not billions to bailout the industry. (Unless he doesn't know the difference between a million and a billion, in which case you could be right.) I always figured he thought the cost of building a new plane was 30 million, although that seems a little low but not too far off.

DocZeus said...

See I always thought that the line didn't make sense under the guise that he couldn't possibly be bitching about people building airplanes because that would be profoundly retarded so i guess he was talking about the bailout but he wasn't all that privy to the specifics of it. He just knew the goverment was spending an obscene amount to try fix a private industry and thought that was wrong. I guess the Game's a libertarian.

Granted, this is a man who didn't think to buy the Chronic until 1995. (Neither did I but I was 9 years old when it came out and my parents would've killed me if I bought an album named after a strain of weed. I at least WANTED to buy it.) He doesn't exactly get his facts straight all the time.

vw said...

i just never thought i'd see the day when i had to concede that i like a jeezy song, i mean even jeezy's verses on my president

this may be some parallel universe shit

tray said...

No... I always took him to mean that people spend way too much on airplanes. Although, if you want to defend that, you could argue he's pointing at rich people who invest in private planes instead of giving their money to charity. But I doubt even that much thought went into it.

Christopher said...

I didn't care to download the album because Game is useless, as I learned the hard way from "Doctor's Advocate", but there were 7 legitimately really good beats on this album, as I'm checking it out on iTunes.

His rhymes are all shit and the best thing dropped on this album was Common's verse on "Angel", so he doesn't deserve any applause and neither does this record, but I know stans and mainstream hip-hop heads will praise the record regardless.

Now to try and cop the instrumentals.

Anonymous said...

So sick of people who say wayne is better, he sleeps through most of his work, while game goes hard (pause) on pretty much aything cept for his drunken ballads. Which are still better than waynes top tracks, which barely make any sense. Not to mention that when he really started blowin up he wasn't writing his own lyrics. Ohh ny the way I'm a wayne fan believe it or not...lol

Berto said...

@Tray and Doc: Couldn't he be simply talking about military planes? That's the first thing that came to my mind.

@Christopher: You should listen to "Ya Heard" if you haven't, Luda kills his spot.

douglas martin said...

i do have to admit that although game has gone from a mediocre rapper to a merely decent one, he has, by and large, the best ear for beats in rap music right now.

none said...

I like the album...

Anonymous said...

I really like the album. It's better then his last two albums IMO. He's grown as an artist and its a very entertaining record.

Kai said...

MArcus that was a typo. I just reread that like wtf? I'm trying to diss someone on not knowing their stuff and end up looking like I don't know mine. Irony. LOL!

Yes, you are indeed one of 7 people in the world. You are special.

Anonymous said...

You are definitely a white dude who doesn't understand "flow" because though I am not a big Game fan, he has some serious flow.

The Scott Storch/Chrisette Michelle/Game joint on this album is FIRE. The beat was sinister and Game's flow was ridiculous on that song.

The fact that you did not mention that song lets me know you don't know much about hip hop

DocZeus said...

"You are definitely a white dude who doesn't understand "flow" because though I am not a big Game fan, he has some serious flow."

Yes because by being black you intrinsically understand things like rhythm and flow.

"The fact that you did not mention that song lets me know you don't know much about hip hop"

Because Scott Storch's msuic is the measure of all things hip hop.

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