The Game
LAX


3.0
good

Review

by Tyler Munro EMERITUS
August 26th, 2008 | 66 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Solid hip-hop, but excessive to a fault. Too many guests, too many shifts in style and theme.

They say if you love something, let it go. The Game does not agree with this notion, especially not concerning his two loves: Los Angeles and hip-hop. Referencing the Dodgers logo gracing his right cheek, The Game says "It holds you down, this is LA. Wrote this shit on my face." Let it go? Not without help of a laser. Thankfully the borderline creepy obsession he had with Dr. Dre has been evolved into his love of hip-hop in general. And when I say thankfully, I do it cautiously, because this evolution essentially gives him more to work with. Having established himself as a similative, name-dropping MC, he no longer limits himself to Dre or even the west coast, littering LAX with references to everyone from Martin Luther King to Kurt Cobain to Scarface (both the rapper and the fictional character). He references Kanye West's "Jesus Walks" on multiple tracks and even name drops artists featured on the album on songs on which they do not appear. And on that note, even his cast of guest artists has been expanded: Raekwon, Lil Wayne, Ne-Yo, Common and many, many more. The gang's all here, and they brought friends. Pair this with the fact that the album features tracks produced by twenty (note: there are 19 tracks) different producers and you can imagine things getting a little inconsistent. This is of course nothing new. The Game is what I'd like to call a bridge artist. Whether he's bridging the gap between east and west coast rap or gangster and crossover hip-hop, the guy is always weaving between scenes and styles and never one for quality control, his records always end up being bloated and inconsistent as a result.

Going so far as to feature "Are We Done Yet?" star Ice Cube (doing the best impression of himself circa 1991), "State of Emergency" is pure, unadulterated G-Funk. On the other end of the spectrum is "Dope Boys", featuring Travis Barker's cacophonous drum-work and a core-sound that's eerily similar to Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir". "Angel" features Common and serves as a spiritual successor to his career-defining "I Used to Love HER", now likening hip-hop to an Angel rather than a trend-shifting, exploitive young woman. And then there's "My Life" featuring Lil' Wayne and his godforsaken vocoder. Beyond Weezy's mostly unintelligible chorus, "My Life" is an obvious highlight, painting a somber picture that has two hardened thugs perhaps wondering if God has forgotten about them. I could go on, but I wont, since it's "going on" that hurts LAX. There's just way too much extraneous material on here, especially the clumsily written "Gentlemen's Affair" and the flat out confusing intro/outro combination, which features a surprisingly not dead (and not barking DMX) praying and screaming uncontrollably.

Going on The Game's implications that this album is his last, LAX is an appropriate swansong. I say this not because it's in any way transcendent or above the ordinary, I say it because it isn't. It's a quintessential Game record, which is to say it's riddled with name dropping, a dichotomy of bouncy throwback cuts and gangster tunes, and The Game's unbridled tendency to emulate other artists (on the Nas featured track "Letter To The King", The Game transforms into Nasir Jones II). When it's good, it's really good. Otherwise, it's never really bad, just excessive and somewhat unfocused.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Tyler
Emeritus
August 27th 2008


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Sorry if the review is kind of lacking. Kept re-writing it and couldn't make it work so I kept it ridiculously simple. Not in the greatest of moods or mindsets right now but if there are any glaring issues let me know.

SHOOTME
August 27th 2008


2393 Comments


I dislike The Game because of his consistent name dropping.

still, good review.

Tyler
Emeritus
August 27th 2008


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

His name dropping hits new heights on this. It'd be a fun drinking came to count how many times he says "Scarface", "Pac", "Biggie" and "Phantom".

SHOOTME
August 27th 2008


2393 Comments


In that case, I will avoid this like a Metro Station concert.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
August 27th 2008


17945 Comments


the game is tight.

Tyler
Emeritus
August 27th 2008


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

How so?

SHOOTME
August 27th 2008


2393 Comments


it doesn't have a "secret" poltical agenda.

willfellmarsy
August 27th 2008


3849 Comments


Heard "My Life" in my car before plugging in my pod and thought it was really good...probably won't check this out but that song is definitely a winner...

Tyler
Emeritus
August 27th 2008


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's worth checking out. There are some really strong songs.

Tyler
Emeritus
August 27th 2008


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'll see if I can beef it up later. I had originally said more about stand-outs but I always ended up in some rut where I'd go "from x to y to z". Until I beef it up: My Life, Angel, LAX Files, Bulletproof Diaries and Letter To The King are all worth checking out. Game's Pain is okay, as are Cali Sunshine and Dope Boys. Everything else is kind of iffy. This Message Edited On 08.27.08

Tyler
Emeritus
August 27th 2008


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

What

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
August 27th 2008


17945 Comments


why do you want to start this

Tyler
Emeritus
August 27th 2008


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Those kids look so sad

204409
Emeritus
August 27th 2008


3996 Comments


Same problem as Doctor's Advocate.

sgrevs
August 27th 2008


698 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good reivew, alright album. I was hoping for better, but I honestly wasn't expecting better. First 5 or 6 tracks are really good though.

AtavanHalen
August 27th 2008


17927 Comments


Hate It Or Love It was a really good track, but I haven't bothered to look into this guy from there. Guess from this review I should just download the best tracks and leave it at that.
Nice stuff, Cocaine.

Damian808
August 27th 2008


83 Comments


"and even name drops artists featured on the album on songs on which they do not appear"

That made me chuckle...

Polaris
August 27th 2008


246 Comments


Let's start with their message. What do they sing about?


It makes me chuckle that you're trying to start an argument here.

Really smooth review. Very easy to read.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
August 27th 2008


4958 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Review's fine. I started writing one, but now I probably won't finish.
I don't think this is anything over a 2.5, but I'll permit a .5 variance from my opinion.
Exterminate. Exterminate.

Apocalyptic Raids
August 27th 2008


810 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

haven't listened to this in massive detail yet but I can't imagine it being more than a 3. a 2 is probably more likely. the beats on this don't seem to be as good as his previous stuff.

highlights (and the only songs I've really felt like revisiting) are My Life, Angel and Letter to the King.

Hate It Or Love It was a really good track, but I haven't bothered to look into this guy from there. Guess from this review I should just download the best tracks and leave it at that.

Nice stuff, Cocaine.

just get The Documentary.This Message Edited On 08.27.08



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