What the Game's Been Missing!

What the Game's Been Missing!

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by Juelz Santana
     
 

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Dipset member Juelz Santana took two years to release his sophomore album, but he was hardly absent from the scene. Plenty of proper Diplomats releases and twice as many mixtapes have flooded the hood since his debut, and his second solo release date caps off a year where the Dips practically owned half of MTV2's hip-hop programming. Rather than his lukewarm debut,… See more details below

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Dipset member Juelz Santana took two years to release his sophomore album, but he was hardly absent from the scene. Plenty of proper Diplomats releases and twice as many mixtapes have flooded the hood since his debut, and his second solo release date caps off a year where the Dips practically owned half of MTV2's hip-hop programming. Rather than his lukewarm debut, all this Diplomats activity is responsible for the high anticipation What the Game's Been Missing! was graced with, but the album is surprisingly, firmly solo. Diplomats brother Cam'ron makes a big splash with his appearance on "Murda Murda" -- a track that cops the same Ini Kamoze sample as Damian Marley's massive "Welcome to Jamrock" -- but Juelz is responsible for the rest of the numerous highlights and opens the album with a touching, personal conversation between himself and his son. Of course, this is a Diplomats release, so it's only a matter of time before the poignancy of the intro is wiped away by "true tales from the street" that are irresponsible at best, despicable at their worst. There's plenty of redundancy too, but the good news is the Diplomats' stable of producers is at the top of its hook game, churning out memorable beats when it isn't ripping off the Ying Yang Twins. "There It Go (The Whistle Song)" is a thin and way-late attempt to capitalize on the success of "Wait (The Whisper Song)," but on the other hand, "Oh Yes" is a striking and exciting track that stutters a bit of the Marvelettes' "Please Mr. Postman" brilliantly. With a robotic beat and upright bass, the great "Clockwork" sounds like little else in the Dipset catalog, while the easy-flowing "Changes" is a lyrical high point for Santana as he reflects how different things are when you become a father. Contrasting these inspired, mostly personal tracks are the usual cocaine-moving numbers that suggest Santana's still involved in, or at least a fan of, dealing and pushing and the harsh reality that comes with it. "Lil' Boy Fresh" wastes its fresh production with tired hustle lyrics, and even Santana admits in the lyrics that "Gone" drags on and on. The spottiness and putting self-aware fatherhood numbers next to "thug and get paper" numbers are just further proof the Diplomats think track by track rather than album, but this hodgepodge gives Santana more of an identity than his debut did and with twice the hooks.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/22/2005
Label:
Def Jam
UPC:
0602498849453
catalogNumber:
000542602
Rank:
43107

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Juelz Santana   Primary Artist
Mark Gibbs   Guitar
Lenny Mollings   Guitar
Sofia Castro   Background Vocals
Danny "D Roc" Collington   Keyboards
Stephanie Franco   Background Vocals
Jaquaye James   Vocals

Technical Credits

Cliff Carlisle   Producer
Mayhem   Producer
Brian Holland   Composer
Mike T.   Engineer
L. Bob Moore   Composer
Joe Sherman   Management
D. Warren   Composer
E.C. Scott   Composer
G.C. Green   Composer
D.P. "Dad" Carter   Composer
Tony Dawsey   Mastering
Alli   Art Direction
Doug Joswick   Package Production
C. Young   Composer
S. Thomas   Composer
M. Collins   Composer
B. Feldman   Composer
Infamous   Producer
D. Alexander   Composer
Dawud West   Art Direction
Kris Yiengst   Photo Coordination
Terrence Anderson   Producer
LVM   Producer
Heatmakerz   Producer,Audio Production
Amber Noble   Marketing
Jim Jones   Executive Producer
LaRon James   Composer,Executive Producer
J.L. Jenkins   Composer
Camron "Killa" Giles   Executive Producer
Rob Calaffa   Marketing
Chaos & Order   Producer,Audio Production
Doe Boys   Producer
Ebonikz   Producer
J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League   Producer
Darren Joseph   Producer
Soul Sizzle   Producer
Streetrunner   Producer,drum programming
Develop   Audio Production
Justice   Audio Production
Shottie   Audio Production

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