16 Songs, 1 Hour, 13 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

In the past year The Game has become one of Hip-Hop’s most entertainingly troubled public figures. While many other rappers have seen their creative output suffer in the face of highly publicized personal difficulties, The Game seems to have drawn a wealth of inspiration from setbacks that might have brought less determined rappers to their knees. Since the release of the brilliantly produced, but occasionally sterile debut The Documentary The Game has carried on a vicious mixtape feud with his former allies in G-Unit, honed his skills as an MC, and broken with his star-making mentor Dr. Dre. The Game’s troubled relationship with Dr. Dre is Advocate’s thematic backbone. Throughout The Game spins a riveting narrative of hero-worship, triumph and ultimate disillusion that culminates with the title track: a drunken regret-filled missive to Dre that finds The Game wildly vacillating between affection and outrage. Along the way producers Scott Storch, Will.i.am, and Just Blaze furnish a set of serviceable beats steeped in West-Coast nostalgia. The dark piano laced compositions of N.W.A’s Efil4Zaggin serve as Advocate’s main point of reference. While The Game sounds great over these beats, the albums production definitely takes a backseat to the compelling lyrical psychodrama.

EDITORS’ NOTES

In the past year The Game has become one of Hip-Hop’s most entertainingly troubled public figures. While many other rappers have seen their creative output suffer in the face of highly publicized personal difficulties, The Game seems to have drawn a wealth of inspiration from setbacks that might have brought less determined rappers to their knees. Since the release of the brilliantly produced, but occasionally sterile debut The Documentary The Game has carried on a vicious mixtape feud with his former allies in G-Unit, honed his skills as an MC, and broken with his star-making mentor Dr. Dre. The Game’s troubled relationship with Dr. Dre is Advocate’s thematic backbone. Throughout The Game spins a riveting narrative of hero-worship, triumph and ultimate disillusion that culminates with the title track: a drunken regret-filled missive to Dre that finds The Game wildly vacillating between affection and outrage. Along the way producers Scott Storch, Will.i.am, and Just Blaze furnish a set of serviceable beats steeped in West-Coast nostalgia. The dark piano laced compositions of N.W.A’s Efil4Zaggin serve as Advocate’s main point of reference. While The Game sounds great over these beats, the albums production definitely takes a backseat to the compelling lyrical psychodrama.

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About The Game

Compton's own Game (aka the Game and Hurricane Game) issued his debut LP, The Documentary, in 2004 through Aftermath/G-Unit/Universal. With everyone from Dr. Dre and 50 Cent to Nate Dogg, Kanye West, and Just Blaze contributing to the album, The Documentary made it clear from the outset that geographic squabbles weren't a part of Game's agenda. Rapping hadn't been at first, either. Having gotten involved in the drug trade after a rough childhood, it took being shot during a home invasion to cause an epiphany in Game. Inspired by N.W.A, The Chronic, Doggystyle, and classic albums from 2Pac, the Notorious B.I.G., and Jay-Z, Game began rapping in 2001 and never looked back. His barbed and bold freestyles caught the ear of Dre, who signed him to Aftermath in 2003 and executive-produced his debut. It was delayed a few times, but The Documentary finally dropped in January 2005.

Soon Game and 50 Cent were at war over the former's reluctance to beef with any and every enemy of G-Unit. Freestyles and mixtapes were spawned in amazing amounts from both sides, and every time a truce seemed possible, things fell apart at the last minute. Dr. Dre was stuck in the middle, and while he never publicly denounced Game, he passed on working with the rapper for his next effort. Despite Dre's absence, Game's sophomore release kept its original title of Doctor's Advocate when it was released in late 2006. Two years later, LAX was released. With fewer mentions of Dr. Dre and 50 Cent, the uneven album found the rapper moving on from his previous obsessions. After periods of retirement talk, the MC had a change of heart and began recording The R.E.D. Album ("R.E.D." being short for "rededicated"). After several delays and the release of numerous promotional singles, the album was released in August 2011.

A year later, Jesus Piece landed with a long guest list including Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, and Chris Brown. The conceptual album explored both the divine and the devilish, and how the rapper attended church as often as strip clubs. Late in 2012 he announced he had partnered with rapper Stat Quo and formed the label Blood Money Entertainment, which saw its first release two years later when "Bigger Than Me" was released. The single landed on Game's 2014 release Blood Moon: Year of the Wolf, another feature-filled album with Too $hort on board for the follow-up single "Or Nah." Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Nas, and Q-Tip led off the long guest list on his star-studded 2015 effort The Documentary 2, an album that was introduced by the single "100" featuring Drake. In 2016 the A&E network aired his three-part documentary Streets of Compton, while eOne released his soundtrack for the series. Later that year, his likeness starred in a mobile app game, Block Wars, which also had an accompanying soundtrack released commercially. His eighth proper studio album, 1992, followed in October, led by the Scott Storch-produced single "All Eyez" (featuring Jeremih). ~ Johnny Loftus

  • ORIGIN
    Los Angeles, CA
  • GENRE
    Hip-Hop/Rap
  • BORN
    November 29, 1979

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