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Doctor's Advocate
     

Doctor's Advocate

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by Game
 

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While his big rival and former employer, 50 Cent, squandered his success by spreading himself too thin with video games, films, and a whole lot of time devoted to the G-Unit empire, the Game spent his time working the streets with beef-minded, sometimes-epic freestyles landing on mixtapes. Every time the G-Unit versus Game beef was just about

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While his big rival and former employer, 50 Cent, squandered his success by spreading himself too thin with video games, films, and a whole lot of time devoted to the G-Unit empire, the Game spent his time working the streets with beef-minded, sometimes-epic freestyles landing on mixtapes. Every time the G-Unit versus Game beef was just about to be settled, the Game showed up late to sign the treaty, and then, when he was called out on it, he would retaliate as hard as before, bringing everything back to square one. His mentor, Dr. Dre, told him to lie low, but give the Game good advice and he'll do the opposite, as if he were compelled to do so by some unseen force (probably his mile-high ego). As the release date of his heavily anticipated Doctor's Advocate approached, things got weird. Because of the G-Unit contract, nobody was sure if the album would say Aftermath or Insterscope on the back. In the final moments, it was revealed that the cover art shamelessly references his debut, and then -- towering above it all -- there was Dre's absence from the final product, and yet the album's original, Dre-boasting title sticks like a final "screw you"/"bring it on" pointed right at the haters. As all this drama spills into the actual album and feeds the cocksure rapper's craving for chaos, it becomes obvious the "sophomore slump" wasn't enough of a challenge for the Game, and even more obvious that he's following a career path of his own. Just like The Documentary, Doctor's Advocate is obsessed with the West Coast, especially Dre. The Doctor's name is dropped incessantly, to the point it will drive haters and anyone unfamiliar with the Game's history crazy. The ghost of Dre is there in every instantly grabbing club-banger and fierce street track that arcs up to the key title track, where the Game lays it all on the table with an open letter to the producer. He uses words like "family" and "father" to pay tribute to their relationship before Aftermath and Dre associate Busta Rhymes is brought in as a guest just to amp up the desperation question. On paper, Doctor's Advocate sounds like the blueprint for the most desperate follow-up ever, with the Game treating the universe as his fanboy while constantly referencing people who aren't here and an era of which he's not a part, the golden age of the West Coast. On the crip-walkin' "Da S***" there's talk of bringing back Doggystyle and The Chronic; on "California Vacation," with Snoop by his side, he claims to be previewing Dre's so-far unreleased Detox album; and "Compton"'s old-school bounce is firmly 1993 and produced by will.i.am, who returns to his hood sound after years with the polished Black Eyed Peas. will's transformation back is just one of the magical things that happens around and in spite of the Game's flippant attitude and decidedly one-track mind. Other beat-makers like Kanye West, Just Blaze, Scott Storch, and Swizz Beatz are all on fire, and guests like Tha Dogg Pound, Nas, and Xzibit give their all to an album that doesn't even bother to mention them on the back cover. Course, toying with expectations and respect is the dangerous tightrope the Game walks brilliantly, and while this is nothing new, the fact remains that every track here is as good as or better than those on his debut. There's no precedent for an album that worships a no-show so hard on one hand, flips the bird to hip-hop protocol with the other, and knowingly refuses to push things forward, even flaunts it. What's fascinating is how the Game sets up all these obstacles for himself, just to prove he's unstoppable, and offers a decided placeholder album when most would have gone a different route. The place he's holding is on top, and even without Dre, Doctor's Advocate suggests he shouldn't budge.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/14/2006
Label:
Geffen Records
UPC:
0602517122413
catalogNumber:
000793302
Rank:
25380

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Game   Primary Artist
Dion & the Timberlanes   Vocals
Junior Reid   Vocals
Snoop Dogg   Vocals
Jamie Foxx   Vocals
Nas   Vocals
Andrea Martin   Vocals
Shorty   Choir, Chorus
Tha Dogg Pound   Vocals
Nate Dogg   Vocals
Walter Howard   Keyboards
Ervin Pope   Keyboards
will.i.am   Vocals
Kanye West   Vocals
Swizz Beatz   Vocals
Lamar Edwards   Piano,Hammond Organ
J. Smith   Strings,Drums
Tracey Nelson   Vocals,Background Vocals
Aaron Fishbein   Guitar
Marsha Ambrosius   Vocals
Daniel Seeff   Bass,Guitar
Larrance Dopson   Piano,Hammond Organ
Erik "Baby Jesus" Coomes   Bass,Guitar
1500 Choir   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Janeen Jasmine   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Curtis Mayfield   Composer
Zoogz Rift   Composer
DJ Hi-Tek   Producer
Marilyn McLeod   Composer
Pam Sawyer   Composer
Norbert Sloley   Composer
D. Drew   Composer
David Weldon   Composer
D-Roc   Producer
Chris Jackson   Engineer
Andrew Dawson   Engineer
C. Young   Composer
Ervin Pope   Producer
will.i.am   Producer,Engineer
Kanye West   Producer
Oscar Ramirez   Engineer
Anthony Kilhoffer   Engineer
Swizz Beatz   Producer
Jellyroll   Producer
N. Hale   Composer
J. Smith   Producer
Dylan Dresdow   Engineer
Ryan West   Engineer
Wayne Allison   Engineer
Andrew Van Meter   Producer
Kasseem Dean   Composer
Conrad Golding   Engineer
Asif Ali   Engineer
Nicole Frantz   Creative Assistance
Padraic Kerin   Engineer
Brian Sumner   Engineer
Andy Gwynn   Engineer
Sean Tallman   Engineer
Mister Porter   Producer
J.R. Rotem   Composer,Producer
Jimmy "Henchmen" Rosemond   Executive Producer
Game   Executive Producer
Mike Chav   Producer,Engineer
Scott Elgin   Engineer
Marc Lee   Engineer
Heinrich Boykins "Heimy"   Groomer
Janeen Jasmine   Composer
Kelly Sheehen   Engineer
Scott Storch   Producer,Audio Production

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4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
At first i said just cool. After a few listens, it is a very good album. Job well done.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album isnt' flawless, but its' damn good and one could even go as far as to say a major improvement on the last album and I hope this finally sets the record straight that 50 obviously didnt deserve credit for the last album either!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It took me a few times running through this album to decide whether I liked it enough to buy it. There were songs I was NOT feeling at all, but then the songs I did like I REALLY LIKED and those were the ones that made me go ahead to Best Buy to get it. Let's start with the most popular criticism that Game will get: They say: He does too much name dropping. I say: He's got the right to shout-out anybody he wants. If those are his people, then why can't he show them due respect. They say: How many times is he going to mention Dr. Dre's name? I say: If that man helped change his life, jumpstart his career, and Game feels like he's a father figure, I'm not mad at him for showing his love to that dude. Imagine Game without Dr. Dre. There are enough people laying in cemeteries who didn't have the opportunity to succeed and Game appreciates the hand that was held out to him. They say: How can he possibly be the greatest when Ice Cube and Snoop Dogg are still doing it big? I say: I agree with you partially. Cube is one of the few West Coast artists I mess with because I love how he brings politics and points his finger at the people who are messing with others getting ahead. I think Game is a little more clever with his lyrics than Snoop and Cube, but I respect them all for various reasons and would rather not pit them against each other. They say: He keeps biting other peoples' lines. I say: Yeah, you're right, he does take some folks' lines, but he's no different than a lot of these other artists out here doing it. It irks me when ANYBODY does it, but don't pinpoint Game like he's all alone. Game says: Repeatedly, he points out somebody who's "too old" and "38" in hip-hop. I say: Lyrical skill does not have an age limit. Personally, I think Kane could dust MOST of these "great" rappers of today. I don't know if he's lashing out at someone (maybe that "Child Support" song) for saying he's not as good as he is, but I do like how he respects some of the earlier artists. Now on to the songs: Cons: This dude needs some serious work on how to talk to women. Through this whole album, he's just dogging women out repeatedly. I'm not gullible enough to believe that some don't need it, but even how he's talking to a certain someone on "Around the World" has got to be the most aggressive "game" ever. I was absolutely turned off by that song and don't have a clue why he even bothered to put it on the album. And what is up with constantly mentioning Superhead? Fact is, you DID it so don't cry about it now. If she was that unimportant, you shouldn't have let her prove her name. His logic on cheating in "Around the World" had to be some of the dumbest I've heard, and what's worse is SO many dudes think this nonsense makes sense. The references to how he would shoot a man, his gang affiliation, and constantly using the b-word was getting on my nerves. This alone made me want to turn off the AOL preview of it, but I wanted to give it a full listen. Cons: When Game gets personal, his album becomes SO MUCH better. "Doctor's Advocate" when that man REALLY got personal about how he felt about Dr. Dre touched the heart a little bit. "California Vacation" was cool because I like to see people from different walks of life (read: different gang affiliations) come together and be able to put that to the side to reach common positive ground, plus I like the way Xzibit raps. "Ol' English" rubbed off on me. Initially, I thought it was going to be stereotypical until I heard the words of the song about all of the things he went through growing up in his area, going to college, how friendships came and went, how he was robbed, when a female he was messing with was shot in his car, and a bunch of other things that messed with his head growing up. Game didn't let Nas outshine him (surprisingly) on "Why
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is not good this time his first album is better this one real talk do not buy this album you will waste your money!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is way better than the documentary!! Hot Producers, Greater lyrical content, and better features!! Instant classic, non stop bangers!! Go get it!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Doctor´s advocate have something for every hiphophead. Yeah sure he namedrops a lot but it´s not that bad as some make it out to be because it´s put in a contest that works. It´s not like he just stands there and scream dre the hole song threw. The best track on the album is the title track "doctors advocate" and even thow i din´t like a couple of the joints on the cd, after a couple of listenings they have grown on me and that´s why i like it so much, this is an album that you have to listen to a couple of time before you realy relise how good it is. It´s a straight hiphop album mixed with old school and new school all in one.So if you are a hiphop fan by "the doctors advocate" ACTION!