Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Game Day: The Doctor's Advocate




Release date: November 14, 2006


CO-STARRING

will.i.am
Nate Dogg
Kanye West
Busta Rhymes
Dion
Xzibit
Snoop Dogg
Tha Dogg Pound
Nas
Marsha Ambrosius


BEHIND THE BOARDS

Ervin "EP" Pope, DJ Khalil, Reefa, D Roc, will.i.am, Just Blaze,
Scott Storch, Kanye West, Swizz Beatz, Nottz, Jonathan "J.R." Rotem, 
Hi-Tek, Jellyroll, and Mr. Porter 



1. LOOKIN AT YOU

Very good opener right here, with a true West Coast vibe/sound obviously.
*4 out of 5*


2. DA SHIT

Man, this is an appropriately titled banger, because from the lyrics to the BANGIN beat to the creative use of audio clips from the 1995 movie "Tales From The Hood", this song is "da shit", no doubt. 
*5 out of 5*




3. IT'S OKAY/ONE BLOOD


Dope song, and of course Junior Reid comes along for the West Coast ride. One Blood indeed.
*4 out of 5*


4. COMPTON

"Fuck all rappers, look at all the hate I see/I'm sick, you can't get rid of me, I'm HIV"


You didn't think the seemingly easy going will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas was capable of delivering a banger for Game did you? Think again, because will's track was a winner here, again with an unmistakable West Coast sound. Game was completely at home showing MAD love to Compton, born and raised.
*5 out of 5*




5. REMEDY

This was a decent re-working/nod to Public Enemy's classic "Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos", with a West Coast twist provided by Just Blaze.
*4 out of 5*


6. LET'S RIDE



Scott Storch's piano laced beat has always been one of my favorites from him. This joint is perfect for the ride with the windows down and the volume turned up.
*4 out of 5*


7. TOO MUCH

Speaking of Mr. Storch, that sound incorporated on the previous track continues here. Game lets you know too much of certain things can't be all bad, too much to go around to not claim your piece of the pie, so to speak. Nate Dogg came through on the hook as well.
*4 out of 5*


8. WOULDN'T GET FAR

 

This joint finds Game and Kanye West taking certain "video vixens" and the like, if you will, to task for sleeping around with celebrities for their own personal gain. Songs like this have been done before, but this one is good.
*4 out of 5*


9. SCREAM ON EM

"My flow opposite of handsome, it's ugly/Hip hop tantrum, sick, call the shit cancer"
 

The sometimes hit or miss Swizz Beatz "hit" with Game on this apply titled song.
*4 out of 5*


10. ONE NIGHT

An ok song, but overall it seemed all over the place, even down to the hook.
*3 out of 5*


11. DOCTOR'S ADVOCATE

Ok, let's get this out the way first. Considering I understand why this song was made, it's good in that regard, but now the flipside. I understand Game (and Busta) likely viewed Dr. Dre as a mentor, but I feel they went a little over the top here, especially Game. Think about this, hip hop does have a business side, so when you look at the changes Game made after his debut (switching labels, among other things), why was he apologizing to Dre? It's business, and I'm sure Dre's feelings weren't hurt, neither did he feel any sense of betrayal. Just my opinion on the matter, and as far as I know, Dre never publicly spoke about this either. (It was also interesting to hear Game admit he got drunk to do "Start From Scratch" on "The Documentary".)
*3.5 out of 5*


12. OL ENGLISH

Game reminisces about his drink of choice over a smoothly bangin Hi-Tek production.
*4 out of 5*


13. CALIFORNIA VACATION

'My heart beat for the West Coast!"


This is hardcore, gangsta, West Coast hip hop at its finest, with an inspired Game assisted by Xzibit and Snoop Dogg over a BANGIN JR Rotem beat. 
*5 out of 5*




14. BANG

This one didn't have the same impact as "California Vacation", but with Game, Daz, and Kurupt on the same track, it's still pretty good.
*4 out of 5*


15. AROUND THE WORLD

This was a rugged yet still mellow joint for the ladies, with a nice hook by one Jamie Foxx.
*4 out of 5*


16. WHY YOU HATE THE GAME

"Child of the 80s, y'all niggas is lazy/Complainin bout labor pains, nigga show me the baby" -Nas


This 9:22, Just Blaze produced, Nas and Marsha Ambrosius assisted closer is an epic and clearly the best song on the album. Nas and Game would continue to have great chemistry together going forward.
*5 out of 5*






Following up the awesome "The Documentary" was not an easy task, but Game came through the second time around with another excellent album. It's not on the level of his debut, but it's no sophomore jinx. The production side of things was a strong point, as well as the guest appearances. Lyrically I'll admit he wasn't as sharp as he was on "The Documentary", but he definitely wasn't phoning it in. Even without the backing of G-Unit and Aftermath this time around, the album was still a success for Game, moving a respectable 358,000 units in its first week, going on to sell 3,000,000 worldwide. 4.5 stars for this one.


Coming up, we board "LAX".

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