Game - The R.E.D. Album

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Hip Hop, Rap
Interscope Records
Game
The R.E.D. Album
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“His moms and pops met in Compton,” a grizzled Dr. Dre relays to us in almost a tempered whisper as though his lips were uttering some whimsical start to an otherworldly Hip Hop fairy tale. “…Five mil out the gate/And numbers do not lie!” our Hero reminds us on “The City” laying a basis for his “return” after three years of delays and apparently oodles of self-conscious fits of rage at his own ability to actually deliver this classic Game has been promising since he dropped his unexpectedly exceptional debut The Documentary (2005). ”Came with LAX/Since critics said it was average/I was stressed the fuck out/Torn between Aftermath and Geffen, Interscope.” Game expresses on the aforementioned “The City.” Once more highlighting the exact life-on-sleeve characteristic that has kept him such a lively rapper (even as he still has the tendency to name-drop more than he should) and kept him independent of his initial G-Unit compatriots. Armed with a collection of truly stellar beats, a unique point of view and booming disposition, Game seemed to single-handedly revitalize West Coast Hip Hop. In the years since he and his home’s power struggle with the big-dogs of Top 40, that quest for Five-Mic’s and the surge of off-kilter Cali-bred MC’s (Odd Future in particular) seem more apt, not to mention exceedingly more fitting, to accept that raucous West Coast crown that Pac dropped on his way out the door. Game fancies himself in the same breath as a Biggie, Pac or early career Nas—No. No fucking way—but this is not to make the impression Game is anything less than an expert at his craft and if The R.E.D. Album is any indication his impending final-Interscope-Record may actually be half-worth the dog-pile of hype already created.

"Then my grandmother house went up for auction/And that's what killed her/I'm goin' back to buy the block then!” Game bellows on “Ricky,” a string-laden, menacing banger of a track. And while this sentiment is pleasant and exactly what keeps Game so fascinating (a pinnacle of hip-hop rich-meets poor dichotomy) it is nice to hear an MC boast about their cash flow and actually show it on record. Rarely will we find an event such as The R.E.D. Album in a world of underground Hip Hop on MTV and back-packing college tours. Gaudy exercises such as this with guest lists a mile wide are reserved for the likes of Jay-Z and Eminem. Or in other words: Hip Hop royalty. And granted at twenty-one songs just shy of an hour and fifteen minutes the record could have used a bit more prudent editing on the part of Dr. Dre but for the most part The R.E.D. Album bangs with the best of them. “The City,” “Heavy Artillery” and “Good Girls Gone Bad” are soulful tracks with enough shit-hot hooks to spare an album could be thrown together of the dregs and probably still chart. While “Red Nation,” “Paramedics” and the extraordinary “Speakers On Blast” (Big Boi and E-40 still in championship form) are woozy, syrupy treats toting exquisite guest spots along with their towering beats. Even as the record takes a decidedly softer turn in its final half, starting with the Lloyd assisted “Hello” (oh my check that wonderfully saccharine hook) and ending with “California Dream” a first-person account of Game’s journey from the conception to birth of his baby girl. Not only is it the most personal this profoundly open rapper has been but the song is easily the most engaging piece of music Game has ever put to press. So, yes,The R.E.D. Album is going to sell; and no it will not break down the barriers of Hip Hop as we know it. It may revitalize a career I am sure no one was aware we were in such a need of to begin with. As for me I plan on continuing my California dreaming.

1. Dr. Dre Intro
2. The City (ft. Kendrick Lamar)
3. Drug Test (ft. Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg & Sly)
4. Martains vs Goblins (ft. Lil Wayne & Tyler The Creator)
5. Red Nation (ft. Lil Wayne)
6. Dr. Dre 1
7. Good Girls Gone Bad (ft. Drake)
8. Ricky
9. The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
10. Heavy Artillery (ft. Rick Ross & Beanie Sigel)
11. Paramedics (ft. Young Jeezy)
12. Speakers On Blast (ft. Big Boi & E-40)
13. Hello (ft. Lloyd)
14. All The Way Gone (ft. Mario & Wale)
15. Pot Of Gold (ft. Chris Brown)
16. Dr. Dre 2
17. All I Know (ft. Lu Breeze)
18. Born In The Trap
19. Mama Knows (ft. Nelly Furtado)
20. California Dream
21. Dr. Dre Outro

1. Jayceon Terrell Taylor (born November 29, 1979 in Compton, California, United States), better known by his stage name Game, formerly known as The Game, is an American Grammy Award winning gangsta rapper signed to Aftermath Entertainment through his own label Black Wall Street Records, with which he founded with his half brother Big Fase 100. He rose to fame in 2005 with the success of his debut album, The Documentary, and his two Grammy nominations. ... read more

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