The Game CD review [Geffen]

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The Game CD review [Geffen]
Jan 24, 2007, 22:42


THE GAME Doctor's Advocate CD

Never in the history of hip-hop has any single MC been involved in so many pointless beefs with so many different motherfuckers. His career is less than six years old, but this LA Piru-Blood gang member has already scrapped with 50 Cent, Ja Rule, Suge Knight, Jay Z and a half dozen other industry knuckleheads. Now, with the release of Doctor's Advocate, The Game is making a public plea to rebuild the bridge with the man who made him who he is: legendary producer Dr. Dre.

Word on the street is that Game fell out with Dre over his feud with 50 Cent; at one time Game and 50 got together for the Dre-produced single “This Is How We Do,” which blew up all over radio three years ago. When the two stopped speaking and started bitchin', Dre told the both of them to go fuck themselves. By then, 50 had racked up enough sales and street cred to make do on his own. The Game, on the other hand, knew that without Dre, shit was gonna be uphill all the way.

Doctor's Advocate has its moments; the first single “It's Alright (One Blood)” blew up at radio prior to the album's release this summer, and the second single “Let's Ride” helped induce decent sales once it was out there. (His numbers were nowhere near that of the previous The Documentary, but most industry insiders attributed that to a different retail landscape.) The bombastic eleven-minute-long remix of “It's Alright” featured Lil' Wayne, Bun B, Chamillionaire, Paul Wall, Ludacris, and just about every other MC on the charts right now. The first artist he asked to appear on the track was 50 Cent, but 50 wouldn't take his call.

For a minute there it looked like The Game was back like a motherfucker. “Alright” included lyrics about repairing the squabs with 50 and Jay Z, and “Ride” sounded just like a Dr. Dre production job. Kanye West made a cameo on the record, and the BET Music Awards asked him to perform live on the show. Radio DJs in LA embraced the first two singles and it looked like he was good to go. However, once the public got the album home and scoped it out from beginning to end, they could sense an air of desperation in the lyrics and subject matter. “Gangsta Boogie” actually sampled Philly's Schoolly D, who has to be the worst MC of all time. Egads…

Used to be an MC wouldn't name-check another artist unless they had a serious beef with them. The Game mentions at least 15 different other rappers over the course of the album, and almost every time its an effort to either repair a beef or align himself with them in some way. This brother had shifted into “pay your respects” mode and was shameless in his need to feel included and appreciated. When he says, “I'm Big, I'm Cube, I'm Nas, I'm ‘Pac…” it comes off as one part wishful thinking, one part honorable mention. You just don't make that claim unless you believe it yourself.

Still, this kid ain't goin' away just yet. Unless he gets clipped in a drive-by or something, I predict that you'll find him in the studio with Dre and 50 on his next joint. By making this kind of record he has paid his debt to the hip-hop society. Let's just hope he doesn't have to dig himself out of another ditch in the future.

-Jeff Liles

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