Album Review: The Game – The Red Album

by Kil

I’ve never been a big fan of Game and I don’t really know why. Money’s first album The Documentary gets a STRONG 4.5 mics from me. His second album The Doctor’s Advocate was legit and to be honest, LAX slid right past me. But I always felt Game’s career was built on cosigns from Dr. Dre and 50 Cent and the fact he got the biggest cosign from hip hop’s newest initiation…getting shot. But I’ve always had more of the Jay Z philosophy of “Ya’ll respect the one who got shot/I respect the shooter.” Plus Game just name drops TOO much for me. It’s damn near 80% of his rhymes! I wasn’t even checking for “The Red Album” but somehow, someway it ended up in my inbox and my dude Allen cosigned it so let’s see what’s good with it.

The Red Album starts off with the ridiculous Cool and Dre produced banger “The City” featuring Kendrick Lamar who annihilates the track and just signed me up as a new fan. “Drug Test” featuring Dr. Dre & Snoop is ill and “Red Nation” and “Martians vs. Goblins” both feature Lil Wayne . The later, which I’ve renamed “I’m Taking My Talents to South Beach” also features Tyler the Creator and has both Game and Tyler going in on Lebron. First up Game sets it on Bron by explaining how he “hit Lebron’s mom in Bron Bron’s coupe/with Delonte West taping/we had bon bons too” and Tyler not being out done brings it home with “fall back like LeBron’s hairline against the Mavericks…he lost.” Not to mention another slick line Tyler throws in for free with “you got a better chance of getting a copy of Detox/Wolfgang we rock, crack rock/and that sh-t was expected like Jason whenever he name drops” and he ain’t lying cause ya’ll know how much Game name drops!

“Good Girls Gone Bad” featuring Drake is another banger and the Street Runner produced “Heavy Artillery” featuring Rick Ross & Beanie Sigel is CRAZY and both Rozay and the Broad Street Bully put in work. Towards the middle of the album Game starts getting all R&B on us with “Hello” featuring Lloyd, “All the Way Gone” featuring Mario (money’s still alive?) and “Pot of Gold” featuring Chris Brown but he snaps out of quick and comes back with some classic boom bap with the Primo produced “Born in the Trap” and the album ends similar to “The Documentary” telling the story of his daughter being born on “California Dream.” But my two favorite tracks on the album are EASILY “Ricky” where DJ Khalil freaks together scenes from “Boyz in the Hood” to make the beat and The Hitboy produced “The Good, Bad and the Ugly” which has Game showcasing his storytelling skills while explaining what went down in the precinct while Game was being interrogated.

Truth be told, the majority of the songs on the album are all bangers but I got 3 beefs with The Red Album. My 1st beef is WAY too many features. There’s ONLY 5 songs with no features but the album checks in with 21 tracks. Which leads me into my 2nd beef, WAY too many songs! 17 songs with 4 Dr. Dre interludes is just TOO many songs for one album for me. Which leads into my 3rd beef which is these wack Dr. Dre intros, interludes & outros with Dre trying to sound mad gangster and menacing when this dude is selling headphones (not weight) for $300 million dollars.  Come on Dre, smile like Kirk Franklin told us. Whatever happened with checking in with just 12 songs no intros, interludes, outros…just songs and maybe having 2-3 guests on your album? I guess that’s the lost art of hip hop huh?

I have this philosophy that dudes who rhyme and know they aren’t the illest, seem to spend more time picking dope beats cause they KNOW the beats are gonna help carry them cause their rhymes aren’t gonna hold them down. While the real ill MC’s seem to pick whatever beat is put in front of ‘em cause they feel like their rhymes are enough to make their albums dope. But since Game isn’t that MC, money makes sure his beats are BEYOND being on point to make sure this albums bang which is smart to me. It’s like a sports team knowing their short comings and going through trades and free agency to make their squad better. And even though Game will never go down in hip hop history as being one of the illest lyricists, if he keeps making albums like this he may go down as having one of the illest discographies in the game.

8 outta 10

  • mB

    good review. i agree that he coulda cut some and put em on a deluxe edition cuz the deluxe he has only has 1 song. overall, i give it an 8.5,

  • me>you

    this shit sucks. game sucks. review sucks. 4/5 is a disgrace, 3/5 at most

    • Joe

      Ure stupid as fuck… You suck bitch… this is the best album of the year

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  • Kevin

    Game is a natural born killer when it comes to putting together unique beats and ryhmes that flow like waaatahhhh!! To even try to discount his skills as a slick-tongued, talented mc is lame and not warranted, especially when I see critics give lil wayne big props for saying the most INCOHERENT, MUNDANE BULLSHIT ever!! Game is top billing when it comes to this rap shit folks…the only other lyricist that has just as much and maybe even edges game out is EMINEM! This RED album was put together very well with mad-tight banging beats and storytelling with above par guests. Game is in my top 3 MCs right now(NAS,EMINEM are the other 2) and in not particular order unless you categorize them based on what they actually rap about. THIS ALBUM GETS A STRONG AND JUSTIFIED 9.5 ON THE 10 SCALE AND 4.75 ON THE 5 MIC SCALE. THE MORE I LISTEN TO IT, THE MORE IM COMPELLED TO GIVE IT A 10 AND 5 MICS!! GET IT GAME!!

  • True2DaT2Da10thDegree

    What? Game is easily top ten as far as our generation is concerned. A decent review, but Dre was playing a part and has the voice for it, regardless of his hustle. Last time I checked, money talks, and he’s 300 million in, which is pretty gangsta in itself…21 tracks is a blessing considering how lazy artists have been getting (808’s and Heartbreaks anyone?). I agree that he didn’t carry the torch the whole thru with all the features, but it was refreshing to hear Young Jeezy (Tm103), Beanie Sigel (The Solution), Kendrick Lamar, hell even the Doc himself on this joint. Definitely 4.8/5 stars…The West Coast better stand up after this one.

  • jason

    I LIKE GAME hes kind of a media whore when releasing albums always trying to pull off some drama for promotion any ways this album is good it makes a good plate for me to break my weed up it makes a good frisbee for my dog to fetch but other than that? i have no use for it str8 garbage

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