The Game's "Documentary 2" Will Absolutely Blow Your Mind

Screen-Shot-2015-10-09-at-3.04.57-PM.png The sequel to the studio album premiere of The Game finally saw the light of day when “The Documentary 2” was released Friday, October 9th. Luckily for us, this new album is only one part of his two-disc masterpiece.

The Game has been working on the album for over two years with Dr. Dre and other high-end producers. The album runs for 73 minutes of pure bliss. The rhyme schemes are slick and smooth as The Game tells his west side story. Along with Kendrick Lamar and YG, The Game seeks to reinvigorate modern day, west coast rap by incorporating old school west coast hip-hop samples, clever hooks, and poetic lyricism in the album.

The original album was released by Interscope and G-Unit records in 2005 and was produced entirely by Dr. Dre himself. The album had major critical success, featuring classic hits like “How We Do” and “Hate It or Love It."

The album features the most star-studded lineup of guest appearances and producers seen on a rap album in years, including Dr. Dre, Q-Tip. Kendrick Lamar,, Kanye West, Ice Cube, Diddy among others. It starts out hot with an essential track, “On Me” featuring Kendrick Lamar and The Game opens up about his pre-fame years while Kendrick recounts his own adolescents. The smooth beat really sets the tone for the rest of the album. They sample Ice Cube’s “It Was A Good Day” in their lyrics and use it as a tool to put the listener right with them on the streets of Compton, California as a youth during the 90s hip-hop movement. This song is my personal favorite on the album.

“Don’t Trip” is a collaboration between Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and, and the big names do not disappoint. The beat provides that classic west coast funk while the Rap OG’s talk about the way things were.

One of the most highly anticipated songs on the album is The Game’s collaboration with Rap Mogul Kanye West, “Mula." The pair’s first collaboration dates back to 2005 with the hood classic “Dreams” and still today, they refuse to let the people down. As Kanye rap-sings frantically about feeling crazy and rolling in cash, The Game speaks to his veteran status and lyrically destroys everyone who bashed him along the way. He even takes aim at former G-Unit boss and nemesis 50-Cent, rapping “What goes around comes around how that saying go? Documentary 2, No 50, keep the change hoe.”

“The Documentary 2” will not get a lot of radio play but is still an essential song on the album. Produced by two of the biggest producing heavyweights, Dr. Dre and DJ Premier, the song brings back that fast-slow creeping style of 90's gangster rap. The bass and rips make you turn and listen as the synths highlight the mellow beat.

“100” featuring Drake has already been established as a hit. This song was the first single off the album and the duo did not let up. The Game’s hard nature is combatted by Drake’s slow-relaxed style.

The album closes with “LA” featuring Snoop Dogg, and Fergie. The Game talks about the lavish life lived in LA while Snoop speaks to the west coast prestige. Fergie and sing the hooks and chorus.

Part 2 of the series will include guest appearances from Nas, Scarface, DJ Quik, Busta Rhymes, Lil Wayne, Jay Rock, ScHoolboy Q and many more. Stay tuned for more updates and reviews, coming at you soon.

MusicJamie ZaslavComment