So it finally dropped. It’s been 10 years since The Game released the first Documentary album so you can imagine how excited fans were to hear this prolonged follow-up. If you follow The Game on any social media channels (especially Instagram) then you’ll know how much he hyped about this double disc (Doc 2: 19 track-list and Doc 2.5: 16 track-list) albums previewing a number of artists that were going to be featured, it was only natural for us to have a certain level of expectation. Did he deliver?
Well.. On Saturday, I and my best-friend had a listening session of Doc 2. We’d already heard On Me ft. Kendrick Lamar on the radio and loved it; the concept behind it, MC flow and it sampling Erykah Badu’s On & On. We’re all about the old-skool vibe so it’s fair to say we were extremely impressed, but that wasn’t the only song which presented a nostalgic feel. The third/next song subsequent to this is Step Up ft. Dej Loaf & Sha Sha which include vocals sampling a mashup of Brandy’s I Wanna Be Down. By then it was clear that the vision throughout this album was going back to the 90s/early 2000s era.
Along with this, The Game was definitely repping it for the Westcoast – in most songs you can hear a California/Compton reference being made, talking about his life story, breakup and a mention of the notable Crips&Bloods – the last song is even called L.A. He’s also got a few westcoast rappers to jump on including Dr Dre, Ice Cube, K.dot, YG and Ab-Soul to name a few. It’s clear that he put a lot of effort into the album; it’s not something that would’ve been constructed overnight, from lyrically all the way to the production.
100 ft. Drake is also on there, a hit single we already heard earlier this year, along with a classic Future hook on a pretty deep song called Dedicated.
I could speak about each song one by one but ain’t nobody got time for that, I think it still needs a few more plays before I’m in any position to criticize it but for now, in all honesty – I really like it. So to answer my above question, yes. It’s actually pretty dope and I think it will go down a classic although some may disagree. I mean it’s not perfect and I’m sure people still prefer Documentary 1 but it doesn’t really deserve to be dissed either (I’ve seen some harsh critics online). I think it’s one that will grow on you after a few listens or you might fall in love with it straight away – the hashtags on twitter right now speak for itself. Anyways stay tuned, we still got 2.5 to come.
P.s. Jayceon please continue to focus on the music and a little less on the reality shows.
You can stream it on Spotify or it’s available to purchase on iTunes.