The Game – The Documentary 2 Album Review

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,, 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.


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