Published on September 1st, 2011 | by Boman12l0
Review: The R.E.D. Album – The Game
The R.E.D. Album represents The Game’s best studio release since 2005’s The Documentary. Game has found the perfect balance between his flashy production and west coast antics that should please longtime fans and new listeners alike. The Game has a lot going for him on The R.E.D. Album. He has reconnected with Dr. Dre, has the best producers working for him, and features from some of the best in the rap world.
The R.E.D. Album is a hefty package. Clocking in at around 73mins with features and productions from Rick Ross, Kendrick Lamar, Chris Brown, Pharrell, Cool and Dre, and DJ Premier, Game has packed the disc with a lot of material for listeners to take in. Serving as the album’s narrator is none other than Dr. Dre. He says the first words on the album detailing the origins of the one Jayceon Taylor. Dre’s narration appears throughout the project but more important is his lyrical presence on “Drug Test” alongside Game, Snoop Dogg and Sly. If the song sounds similar to Dre’s own “Kush” it is because DJ Khalil produced both songs. The opening cut ,“The City”, has Game asserting his dominance and insuring that this album will not fall short like his last two.
“I gave you the Documentary, shit was a classic
Gave you Doctor’s Advocate, you ripped it out the package
Came with LAX, since critics said it was average”
No worries here, The R.E.D. Album is beyond average.
As a writer, Game has gotten better. “The Good, The Bad, The Ugly”, produced by Hit-Boy, is evident of that. The Game is telling two cops his alibi during an interrogation. He starts his story over the breaks of a drum beat and a loop that is reminiscent of a police siren. The irony of the situation is his alibi keeps changing for each verse. It is only when a chorus comes in along with a higher piano loop does it hit you. This is a true west coast banger. The song is beautifully written and masterfully produced. There are gems like this all throughout the album. A majority of the tracks invoke that west coast style and production that has become less predominate on the airwaves. “Martians vs Goblins” featuring Lil Wayne and Tyler, The Creator has Game and Tyler talking trash about everyone from Spiderman to Lil’ B. Tyler even disses the Game on his own tape. “Speakers on Blast” is an ode to the South with Big Boi and E-40 assisting Game. While “Good Girls Go Bad” featuring Drake has Game proclaiming that he
“Respect women, I don’t care if they a 2 or a 10
We don’t beat on Kat Stacks, we just bring it to an end
And we don’t wanna see Nicki fighting Lil Kim”
Still there are a few missteps on the album. The Boyz n the Hood sample is confusing when compared with The Game’s subject matter on “Ricky.” Game makes some stretches with a signature namedrop but the two never match up. The R.E.D. Album’s extended length means it features an extended R&B break also. The songs are alright but mark a sharp contrast from the intensity of the rest of album. Besides that, Wale sounds like he is on cruise control on “All the Way Gone.”
The R.E.D. Album is a lot to take in. Game brought his A game for this project and the final product shows the fruits of that labor. Once again, The Game makes a strong argument as to why the west is not dead.