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Editors’ Notes

The Game appeared in 2005 with the invincible backing of Dr. Dre, Eminem, and 50 Cent. It had been ten years since a West Coast rapper had taken the forefront, and the Compton-bred Game quickly positioned himself as the successor of N.W.A. and The Chronic. But rather than spout off on gangbanging, The Game adopted a persona that was more emo than aggro. Rife with direct references to real-world names and events, The Documentary finds Game spilling his guts to his audience, his autobiographical rhymes feeling more like confessions than boasts. As part of the Aftermath/Shady umbrella, he was blessed with the best producers in hip-hop for The Documentary. Just Blaze does his bombastic best on “No More Fun and Games” and “Church For Thugs,” while “Dreams” is the perfect vehicle for Kanye West’s crying soul samples. Timbaland provides the punishing “Put You On The Game” with his most militant bounce, while Dr. Dre himself lends his precision-tested menace to several tracks. The album’s highlight, however, belongs to Miami producers Cool & Dre, who flipped the Trammps’ disco classic “Rubberband” for the poignant “Hate It Or Love It.” Game reflects on a childhood of strife turned into the million-dollar dream life, as 50 Cent intones 2005’s most indelible hook. Soon after this album, The Game’s beef with G-Unit would throw his career into turmoil, but for a brief moment on The Documentary, he was too hungry to be anything less than heir to the throne.

Customer Reviews

Hate it Or Love It The Under Dog's On Top

The Game Dropped The Documentary in Jan 2005, and if u asked me it's prob one of the best rap cd's to drop this year.. game was 1st Got his buzz on Lloyd Bank$ ablum The Hunger For More with the song When The Chips are Down and Young Bucks Straight Outta Cashville on the song Stomp also featuring ludacris after hearing this song i wonderd how game would do on his own ablum. Soon after Game Dropped 3 singles featuring Former mentor 50 Cent, Westside Story, The Blazing Hit How We Do. soon after The Top Charting Hate it Or Love It. For all you fans who think the game success was only because of 50 cent, thats not true game shows he can hold his own with the his single Dream produced by Kanye West game raps about his dreams of becoming one of hip hops greatest along with making success with greats like Dr. Dre, Eminem, And 50 Cent. Game also shows his skill on the new Club Single Put You On The Game Produced by Timbaland where he shows he can move the club sence without the help of 50 Cent on a hook. Dont believe 50's hype of saying he wrote games lyrics if u ask me its not true they dont sound anything a like games lyrics are a lil more harder then 50's.. dont get me wrong im also a 50 cent fan im jus stating wut im hearing in the music... this ablum to me is a classic and can be listen to from the intro to the great ending track Like Father, Like Son Featuring Busta Rhymes.. but other stand out tracks are Higher, Church For Thugs, Start From Scratch, The Self Titled Track The Documentary & We Aint Featuring and Produced By Eminem.. Deff Go Cop The hottest cd of the year

The West is Back!

We all know the west coast has produced some talented Artists like 2pac, Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube. It was now time for a new generation to evolve and in came The Game. The Documentary is an album to get. Productions from Dr Dre, 50 Cent, Kanye West and Timbaland.

Great Debut!

This album is an extremely promising beginning to The Game's rap career, and we can only hope he does not follow the footsteps of his colloborator, 50 Cent, and follow up a strong debut with a lackluster album. That aside, "The Documentary" stands in its own right as the best rap album of 2004. 50 is a very strong presence on the tracks that he appears on, and these tend to follow the tried and true G-Unit formula, which, when done successfully is not a bad thing at all. The notable exception is the superlative lead single, "Hate It or Love It," where Mr.'s Jackson and Taylor gives us a peek into their childhood. The tracks where The Game goes solo, however, are what truly drive the album. His lyrical skill is mostly good, though there are occasional spots where it leaves something to be desired (How We Do). His best moments come when rapping about a subject that, say, Young Buck would ever expound on, such as the birth of his son. "Like Father, Like Son," exhibits an attractive softer side the G-Unit would do well to cultivate. To conclude, The Game's ability to thrive within the gangsta rap mold, but also break it occasionally, bodes well for a memorable career.

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