12 Songs, 56 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Arguably the biggest West Coast rap superstar since Snoop and Tupac, Game hit the scene like a 10-megaton bomb with his 2005 debut album, The Documentary. Originally down with G Unit (which was absolutely running things at the time) and mentored by Dr. Dre (after some early work with Bay Area legend J.T. the Bigga Figga), he was hailed as the new voice of the California streets. Fast-forward seven years, with the industry dramatically changed. Yet Game is still huge, with millions of units sold, a clutch of awards, and his own reality show. Jesus Piece is his fifth full-length. It's definitely a family affair, with high-profile features from just about everyone in hip-hop, including Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Lil Wayne, Kendrick Lamar, Wiz Khalifa, J. Cole, Kanye, Common, Meek Mill, Chris Brown, and Jamie Foxx. The slow-to-midtempo production (from Cool & Dre, Boi-1da, and Jake One, among others) lends a reflective vibe, as Game and friends sound off on the usual topics. There are plenty of great tracks here, especially "All That (Lady)," "Can't Get Right," "Celebration," and "Blood Diamonds."

EDITORS’ NOTES

Arguably the biggest West Coast rap superstar since Snoop and Tupac, Game hit the scene like a 10-megaton bomb with his 2005 debut album, The Documentary. Originally down with G Unit (which was absolutely running things at the time) and mentored by Dr. Dre (after some early work with Bay Area legend J.T. the Bigga Figga), he was hailed as the new voice of the California streets. Fast-forward seven years, with the industry dramatically changed. Yet Game is still huge, with millions of units sold, a clutch of awards, and his own reality show. Jesus Piece is his fifth full-length. It's definitely a family affair, with high-profile features from just about everyone in hip-hop, including Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Lil Wayne, Kendrick Lamar, Wiz Khalifa, J. Cole, Kanye, Common, Meek Mill, Chris Brown, and Jamie Foxx. The slow-to-midtempo production (from Cool & Dre, Boi-1da, and Jake One, among others) lends a reflective vibe, as Game and friends sound off on the usual topics. There are plenty of great tracks here, especially "All That (Lady)," "Can't Get Right," "Celebration," and "Blood Diamonds."

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