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Artist: The Game
Label: Geffen Records
Genre: Rap/Hip Hop
Release: Jan 2006   My Rating: 0
Duration: 73:18
Summary: Despite having parted ways with former mentors 50 Cent and Dr. Dre, The Game's follow-up to 2005's multiplatinum "The Documentary" doesn't suggest he's suffered much at their absence. The same basic elements are still here: a breathtakingly cocky attitude (he repeatedly insists that he's on the same level as Jay-Z, Biggie, Nas, and 2Pac); versatile production by Just Blaze, Will.I.Am, Kanye West, Scott Storch, and others that should play well in the car, clubs, and earbuds; and an unabashed celebration of regionalism that may please those on the West Coast (though who knows how it will play elsewhere). The problem however is that "Doctor's Advocate" feels more like "The Documentary: Part 2" than a new effort. Though The Game's flow is sharper and more sophisticated, he still spends far too much time celebrating his greatness vis-a-vis other people, playing out this style to the point of gimmickry. That's not to say there aren't great moments. "Compton" is a rugged celebration of LA's most notorious `hood, there's some clever double entendre with "It's Okay (One Blood)," and "Scream On `Em" is as chaotic and aggressive as the name suggests. It's just that you wish The Game (at the tender age of 26) would learn to navel gaze less about his legacy and spend more time proving why he's earned such a lofty self-perception. --"Oliver Wang"


Artist: The Game
Label: Aftermath
Genre: Rap
Release: Jan 2005   My Rating: 0
Duration: 4:40
Summary: If the Game's G Unit-fueled debut--the most anticipated CD of early 2005--is supposed to be the Answer like Iverson, then what was the question? Well, when an emcee gets to rifle through 50 Cent's Rolodex to handpick top-flight producers (Timbaland, Just Blaze, Kanye West), it's a can't-miss scheme, right? In this case, uh-huh. "Westside Story" is Game's opportunity to remind crunk-come-latelys that his region is still rap relevant. On the Dr. Dre-produced "Higher," he snorts: "I got 'em (Impala's) in every color, yeah I'm a known stunna." Yep, he's rich now too and drives whips that cost more than most make in a year. It doesn't even matter much that he's a B-minus rhyme spitter, or that he spends way too much studio time name dropping. His real life 50 Cent-esque narratives (been shot and involved in "subterranean" activities) makes cuts like the introspective, Havoc-hemmed "Don't Need Your Love" with Faith Evans that much more compelling. Boasting a half-dozen plus other sure-fire hit singles, including the Kanye burner "Dreams," few albums can match up to "The Documentary"--the only Game in town. --"Dalton Higgins"