The Game
Jesus Piece


3.0
good

Review

by Hillary Clittounge USER (16 Reviews)
March 4th, 2013 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Hip-pop. Hate it or love it.

Did you buy the deluxe version of Jesus Piece ? If so, that sucks. Not only did you waste a few extra dollars, you got a worse product. I’m not just talking about the childish album cover that has absolutely no relevance or purpose whatsoever, which is an obvious attempt at trying to gain what pathetic little publicity he could by angering Christians. I’m talking about a complete drop-off from one of mainstream rap’s most meaningful artists: The Game. Yet in reality, Game didn’t drop off, he fell into the trap of mainstream corporate rap and drowned.

The Game has a history of dumb concept albums. His first album The Documentary was logically and simply enough: the story of his life in Compton. His second major album The Doctor’s Advocate , was dedicated to Dr. Dre and associated rappers that gave Game his opportunity (also his best overall album). Meanwhile, Dr. Dre increasingly made music with The Game's X-Partner and rival, 50 cent, and cut ties with The Game. The Game was clearly hurt by Dre’s actions, and was later seen crying about the state of Hip-hop on camera. After having his first born son, he made his third album L.A.X. an album dedicated to… the airport in L.A.? Clearly this album was wildly unfocused, but The Game’s lyrical talent and ability to adapt to multiple big-name producers was still there. His album preceding Jesus Piece , the R.E.D. Album, then largely succeeded in its concept of being an album ‘REDedicated to Hip-Hop’. The bottom line was The Game never made a bad album, but his albums were always unfocused, or focused around dumb themes.

The Game once separated himself from new-millennium mainstream rappers by having a non-typical subject matter, a crystal-clear voicing of his lyrics and a willingness to go away from the mainstream scene if it meant compromising himself and his music. While his lyrical technicality, craft and wit have increased, his music's message now seriously lacks any point and is like pop music. The Game doesn't say anything on this album. It sounds like he is making music for his soon-to-be teenage kids. While Kanye West did produce parts of this album, the whole thing stinks of his poppy rap productions that sample some chanting African lady every half second. On the song “Jesus Piece” The Game does his best gay fish imitation and, not surprisingly, the song tries to be political but instead sounds superficial and stupid.

On the best track of the album, "Name Me King",The Game shows he increased his talent, but throughout the album he also demonstrates that he fell off the life path that once guided his unfocused music above overall mediocrity and into the mainstream rap Hall of Fame. Game set out to make an album with a theme so grand that he got himself in over his head and then just filled-in-the-blanks with typical corporate rap trash. Unwilling to abandon his idea, he tried to pull a John Lennon and said he was bigger than Jesus, or at least bigger than every church that has ever produced millions of devout followers that spent their entire lives researching Jesus. Apparently the feeling he gets while getting sucked off by a stripper is enough to overrule these dissenting voices in the Game’s conscience, but it’s definitely not enough to be considered anything but mediocre music from a mainstream artist that is desperate enough for buzz to betray his original followers.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
altforazninva5in
March 3rd 2013


263 Comments


"Not only did you waste a few extra dollars, you got a worst product."

It should be "worse product"

Lakes.
March 3rd 2013


28610 Comments


ffs just leave the site already, you can't even spell "tongue" properly

Digging: Scott Walker and Sunn O))) - Soused

HolidayKirk
Contributing Reviewer
March 3rd 2013


1641 Comments


Gay fish reference is pretty dated.

Not a bad review, just unfocused.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
March 3rd 2013


19952 Comments


last paragraph:

"The Game has shows he has actually increased his talent"

remove the 'has' before shows

Digging: The Smith Street Band - Throw Me In The River

Kman418
March 3rd 2013


10815 Comments


"you can't even spell "tongue" properly"

nah bro dont you know that was totally intentional he totally ment to do that ok geez

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Storm In A Teacup
March 4th 2013


13167 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review Hillary and I agree "Name Me King" is by far the best song.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
March 4th 2013


19952 Comments


Looks better now pos

oltnabrick
March 4th 2013


31157 Comments


posd



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Storm In A Teacup
March 4th 2013


13167 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I can't wait till I get a hold on the new Pusha T. Hoping for some more of the same.

Tupik
March 4th 2013


673 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review man (way better than the previous ones, I pos'd this one). I think this is his second best album after Doctor's Advocate. But I won't argue with you since it'll obviously come down to another argument about mainstream hip-hop.

Buzzkillr
March 4th 2013


1541 Comments


its "love it or hate it"

why would you inverse them?

Buzzkillr
March 4th 2013


1541 Comments


oh, that makes sense then

nice word play

Storm In A Teacup
March 4th 2013


13167 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I haven't either but it looks like the newest one is worth looking into. And then I plan on going from there backwards

Tupik
March 4th 2013


673 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"I could see this being even his best CD skill wise but I just can't get into his new style.:"

I agree, skill-wise this is on-par with Game's best, maybe even a bit better. Subject matter is pretty bad though, it all depends on if you can stand that or not. Personally I never thought Game was interesting ad far as his subject matter so I don't give a shit

Sleaper
March 6th 2013


3408 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

"But I won't argue with you since it'll obviously come down to another argument about mainstream hip-hop."

haha epic. made me laugh.


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SnoopDoggReborn
December 19th 2013


19 Comments


This nigga always goin outta his way to make it hard to like him b. Niggas already gave up on tryin to get this muthafucka to stop actin like a damn goupie yo. niggas done FORGAVE this muthafucka for nonstop wack shit b. Word is bond. All that cryin he done did in interviews…Im sayin tho…this emotional ass nigga need to figure his life out.

Dunpeal
December 19th 2013


3689 Comments


word is bond



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