The Game
The Documentary


3.5
great

Review

by scyther USER (41 Reviews)
April 4th, 2009 | 37 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I'll do anything - but I won't fuck Mariah/Even if she had Ashanti butt naked in bed Cause she got a fo'head just like Tyra/I can say what the fuck I want

I talk about rappers a lot. When the conversation comes down to the “realest” (in the gangsta sense of the word), I think of all the rappers whose rhymes are blatant lies, which I suppose doesn’t reflect positively on the gangsta rap industry of modern America. But in the midst of all this doubting, I still have a hunch that at least one of these performers lives up to their word. The Game is a West-Coast rap artist from Compton, California, and his words exemplify that excellently. What does The Game have to do with gangsta rap? First of all there’s the hustler-style lyrics, the bass-heavy beats, and the supposed Blood Gang affiliation. When he first came out and was signed to Shady/Aftermath and G-Unit Records he was on top of the rap game, aptly named and enjoying a global level of popularity. His debut, “The Documentary”, was on the right path to platinum status. Producers like Eminem, Dr. Dre, Scott Storch, Kanye West, Timbaland, Cool & Dre, etcetera were all asked to do instrumentals for Game. The album came out in 2005, and by the next year, over five million units were moved around the world.

So we know that The Game is a popular, and privileged mainstream gangsta rap artist. How artistic is his art though? I mentioned before that I felt Game was a man of his word – I believe that not because I know him personally, but through his poetry I can feel the honesty. Whether he’s a great actor or a truthful poet, his music is gorgeous. With an ear for a beat, he flows over the harmonious instrumentation with a confident style – think abrupt like Tupac but at the same time, smooth like Nas. His lyrics are simply understood, but I believe he wants them to be that way. Game’s style of gangsta-rap is one that incorporates almost every spectrum of hip-hop: flossin’, smoking and drinking, cars, women, gangs, etc. And at the same time Game has meaningful words for his comrades, and biographical insight that reaches deep in his mind.

I gotta restore the feelin /It crawled from under the rock/After the dog pound/Crushed the buildings
I got a family to feed /Im the middle of 9 children/We can talk about a loan/After I sell 5 million


Most of the beats on this album have a funky, West-Coast feel (unsurprisingly) to them. The great thing about West-Coast beats: they usually do not rely on a bass so heavy it could crush your car, instead trying for a jazzy, soulful sound that sounds great bangin’ in the summer air out of a low-rider (doesn’t have to be a low-rider, even you can bump Game!). West-Coast beats are more musical than most other hip-hop styles, as opposed to grim, gritty Northeastern type instrumentals or the snap n’ roll crunk style of the South. Don’t get me wrong, every region in America and worldwide boast hardcore hip-hop producers. Though the West-Coast refined the genre after originating in New York (rep-ruh-zent). The producers on “The Documentary” aren’t all from the West-Coast, but they’ve managed to keep their ears in that area while designing this.

Game talks about his family, his life growing up in a gang-banging neighborhood, the nature of hip-hop and its current condition, love between gang members, the sweet, sweet Mary Jane, among other things. Game’s choice of subjects is one reason he was considered so above the rest of the industry at his time. His storytelling abilities are great, and while “The Documentary” only has two straightforward story tracks (Start From Scratch, a song about what Game would do if he could turn back time and Like Father Like Son, the story of the birth of his first son), he encapsulates the gangsta mentality without the clichés that usually restrict gangsta-rap to generic subjects like money, cars, clothes, hoes. And once again, he’s brutally honest. Some lines within “The Documentary” are plainly addressing somebody with something opinionated to say. Game sure knows how to make himself noticed.

The only real downside of "The Documentary" is that it isn't completely brilliant all the way through. By that I mean, there are a few boring tracks that don't live up to the intense hype The Game and his associates gave this album. I first listened to this album expecting something that would dominate fully, and foolishly so. Even though I do enjoy it, I can't listen to it as much as I'd like because it does get old quicker than most albums. Songs like "Church for Thugs", "Westside Story" and "Don't Need Your Love" are either carbon copies of other songs on the album or are ruined for me because of 50 Cent's feature. I love 50 Cent for his past accomplishments but by the time "The Documentary" came out, he was a dime a dozen.

Highlights on “The Documentary” include ‘Don’t Worry’, ‘Start From Scratch’, ‘Dreams’, ‘Runnin’, ‘Hate It Or Love It’, and ‘Put You On The Game’. Truthfully, the entire album is worth a listen, and while certain tracks aren’t as gripping as others, the theme of the album is represented perfectly on every song. This album is consistent and never loses track of itself, and successfully raised the bar for modern-mainstream hip-hop music to a level that has rarely been achieved since 2005, the birth of the hip-hop career of The Game. “The Documentary” is an honest, confident, and beautifully crafted biography of a man with well-earned fame. Recommended to anyone.

Running through the maternity ward, out of breath, sweating
I swear to God every minute's starting to feel like a second
I seen Hell staring down the barrel of a Smith & Wesson
My son's ultrasound the closest I ever been to Heaven
Lord forgive me for my sins, I know it's last minute
Put the chronic in the air, a little hash in it
Spread my wings, If only I could fly
Why fight to live homie?, If we only living to die




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Comments:Add a Comment 
scyther
April 4th 2009


1606 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Enjoy the Friday to Saturday double feature by your friendly neighborhood Poke'mon.

kenlacam
April 4th 2009


24 Comments


I have to strongly disagree with the comparison to Tupac. There is none. I love Tupac's music, can't stand this negro here.

scyther
April 4th 2009


1606 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Its their flow - Game has a deeper voice but you can tell one of his huge influences was Pac.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
April 4th 2009


8371 Comments


The Game is otherwise a solid rapper, but the namecalling (like Pac, Biggie etc.) in almost every song is mighty obnoxious.

Groink
April 4th 2009


771 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review, The Game is one of the better "mainstream" rappers out there today.

Hollow
April 6th 2009


263 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Game is ok, I dunno if I prefer Documentary or Doctor's Advocate but LAX was only avarage.Hate it or Love it must be one of my favourite songs of all time and overall it's good, a damn fine ass album.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
April 10th 2009


4950 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

the realest in gangsta termsThis Message Edited On 04.10.09

scyther
April 12th 2009


1606 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I miss your constructive criticism!

cirq
September 6th 2009


9264 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

em's verse in 'we aint' is fucking ridic

DJdoLAUNDRY
September 29th 2009


7 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this album is so ill. Overall the game is just so hard you guys gotta listen to Big Dreams on the LAX album if you havent already heard it. probably my favorite song i listen to it before every one of my football games

fromtheinside
November 5th 2009


18717 Comments


i think it might have just been because of the location i lived, but this album was real ish back in the day.

Digging: Devin Townsend Project - Z2

MUNGOLOID
June 26th 2010


4333 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

very solid west coast album.

cirq
August 12th 2010


9264 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

NIGGA WESTSIDE!!

qwe3
January 13th 2011


21362 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7lpIqVaixw&feature=more_related

woah

MUNGOLOID
January 13th 2011


4333 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

that was awesome. the game used to be one of my favorites.

qwe3
January 13th 2011


21362 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this album is still really good. perfect slice of the west coast

cirq
January 24th 2011


9264 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i already said it but em's verse on 'we aint'....gahddamn

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
January 24th 2011


28640 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

his only good album

its great

Digging: Jessie Ware - Tough Love

cirq
January 24th 2011


9264 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

check out his mixtape: brakelights

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
January 24th 2011


28640 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

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