The Game



by bigone USER (2 Reviews)
August 29th, 2008 | 11 replies

Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: L.A.X. is lyrically a step down from Doctor Advocate and The Documentary. It features the best beats and hooks of Game's career, however, they can't make up for Game's abominable rapping.

Game seems to be motivated by pressure.

On his debut, The Documentary, Game was forced to carry the entire West Coast on his back, which he did competently enough, dropping the first multi-platinum West Coast album since Dr. Dre's 2001. On the follow-up, Doctor's Advocate, Game had to recuperate from a painful and incredibly hostile breakup with the men that made him, 50 Cent and Dr. Dre and prove he was an artist in his own right. Though neither album is a classic, Doctor's Advocate shows exponential growth over The Documentary, at least lyrically. Game made his point.

Perhaps the lack of pressure on Game to deliver on his third album (aside from the normal pressures of making an album) could explain why an artist that has a progressive track record suddenly decided to water down his lyricism, which was already strained by Game's NWA fetish and obsession with Los Angeles gang icons, like Chevy Imapalas and automatic guns.

Game, instead of trying to rise above his many lyrical shortcomings on his final album and make a classic, exacerbates and expands them.

On the Doctor's Advocate's opener, Lookin At You, Game made a straight West Coast banger, instantly shattering the lyrical glass ceiling of The Documentary and reclaiming his throne as the king of LA (until Snoop came and snatched the crown right back),

This time around, he attempts something similar with "LAX Files," except the beat isn't as loud or obnoxiously West Coast as Lookin At You (though just as distinctly rooted in the West's sound) and the rhymes are embarrassingly bad. Just look at how he opens the song:

"Come to my hood hood
Look at my block block
that's that project building, yeah that's where I got shot shot
Cause I was more hood than Suge
Had more rocks than Jay
More scars in my face than the original Scarface
Or the homeboy Scarface
Al Pacino couldn't be no gangsta
Deniro in Casino he no gansta"

Aside from the simplistic rhyme pattern and how we says hood, block, and shot twice (it's more annoying than it seems), look at the metaphors. Game has spit some incredibly clever lines in the past (Like 300 Bars n Runnin's "Just Blaze, cuz the kid got game like I fell asleeep and woke up in a Roc chain"), but here Game's attempts at wit are flat out contrived.

"More scars on my face than the original Scarface." Besides having no visible scars on his face, saying he has scars on his face like Scarface is, beyond being a hip-hop cliche, is just plain not clever. Neither is having more rocks than Jay. Neither is being more hood than Suge Knight.

The beat and chorus, however, is nothing short of brilliant, with beautiful crooning and soulful pianos taking you to the West Coast. Close your eyes during the chorus and you can see the palm trees, smell the weed smoke, and hear the hydraulics bouncing.

But when Game comes back on, he kills the illusion, straight up destroying the vibe.

The third track, an Ice Cube collabo is the same story. Cube shines, taking you there, and the beat knocks, but Game's verses are just awful.

The album's first true success is Bulletproof Diaries, where Game and Rae trade bars back and forth with a chemistry Rae hasn't had with an artist since he met Ghostface. Game still isn't on-point lyrically, but the sheer adreline rush you get from the track makes up for it.

But then things return to the awful haunts of the first two songs.

This album is heavy on guests (usually confined to the choruses), and, with the exception of Common, Nas, and Ne-Yo, they all do great jobs. The combination of stellar guests and the best beats of Game's career make for occasionally exhilirating listen, but neither can make up for Game himself.

His rapping is worse than it has ever been - and it's never been that great - and instead of just his constant namedropping ruining Game's lyrics, everything about Game's rapping is a problem.

Download "Let Us Live," "Bulletproof Diaries," and "House of Pain," then leave this album alone.

If you really want a good West Coast fix, check out Snoop Dogg's last album.

user ratings (177)
other reviews of this album
Tyler EMERITUS (3)
Solid hip-hop, but excessive to a fault. Too many guests, too many shifts in style and theme....

francesfarmer (4)
"Raised in a City of Angels, where safe and danger switch lanes so stranger drive slow"...

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August 29th 2008


Album Rating: 2.0

*Sorry, I ment "throne," not "thrown."

My mistake.

August 29th 2008


Album Rating: 2.0

Other typos:

"Games attempt at wit are" should be "Game's attempts at wit are"

"As loud as obnoxiously West Coast" should be "As loud or obnoxiously West Coast."

August 29th 2008


Album Rating: 2.0

Also, paragraphs 5 & 6 should be merged into a compound sentence.

August 29th 2008


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August 29th 2008


Good for a first, but the paragraphs closer to the end (when paragraphs get 1 to 2 sentences long) is when this review starts to get really confusing.

August 29th 2008


i have to agree with Snackary and John Hanson.

August 31st 2008


Again, like your Big L review, you say a lot but don't actually say anything. Needs to describe the music better.

August 31st 2008


Album Rating: 4.0

yah review is not good sry

September 2nd 2008


Album Rating: 3.5

I disagree partially with the review. I don't think this album is amazing by any means, but it is definitely a great album. There are a handful of catchy and borderline addictive songs on this album; My Life, Dope Boys, House of Pain, and Angel are the ones that come to my mind.

September 21st 2008


My Life is fucking awesome.

Digging: Swallow the Sun - The Morning Never Came

October 21st 2012


Album Rating: 3.0

you picked by far the most unlyrical lines of the entire album, the intro to the fuckin album, and are acting like this was his best lyrical stuff? that first verse is a message-intro verse, its basically him saying hes lived the life that others watch in movies and its not what they make it out to be (a major theme in the album), its not meant to be lyrically brilliant you are way over-analyzing one verse, his lyrics get good in the second verse of that song... Games verses in state of emergency are excellent, is that why you didn't quote it? Common fucking kills on Angel what the FUCK are you listening to??? I dont hardly agree with anything you wrote, but I understand where you are coming from, and where you are coming from is having only listened to this album one time. i used to think the same thing.

this album grows on everyone- what you think is simple lyricism is actually an allusion to something more complex a lot of the time. the way you wrote the review wasn't bad, but you havent listened to this enough clearly

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