After two albums driven by his worship of legendary West Coast producer Dr. Dre plus feuds with fellow rappers like 50 Cent and the G-Unit crew, the Game's third official effort is his least important release to date and the strongest argument yet that it just might be time to move on. The cuts that truly matter on LAX aren't the ones where the rapper's hardcore, unswayable definition of loyalty comes into play but the ones that go outside the usual topics and explore both the profound (the African-American struggle) and, more surprisingly, the profane (rump shaking). Most rappers are allowed only one shoutout track every couple albums, but here the name-dropping initial single "Game's Pain" is only the tip of the iceberg. Common and Lil Wayne not only guest star, but get mentioned repeatedly on an album that replaces the heavy shadow of Dre by dropping names from all over the place (Kanye West, Erick Sermon, Rakim, LL Cool J, Luther Campbell, Kurt Cobain, just to name a few). It's nowhere near as compelling as his previous Dre obsession, and with the Game having avoided the sophomore slump while becoming commonly accepted as in it for the long haul, the "everyone is out to get me" lines all seem like leftovers. In this ponderous for ponderousness' sake atmosphere, the mention of Chili Cheese Fritos in "House of Pain" brings sweet relief, and when the rapper refers to his woman as "beautiful as an Eli Manning pass," it's just one of the reasons the feel-good "Touchdown" is a highlight. Excuse the vocoder and Lil Wayne's appearance on "My Life" is big time, but the bar is raised high on the closing "Letter to the King." Exploring how the legacy of Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King affected his own life, the Game pulls out the "ghetto grammar" on the track and offers both moving words of reverence and unapologetic controversy ("I wonder why Jesse Jackson ain't catch 'em before his body drop/Would he give me that answer, probably not"). Add the "Jam on It" sample producer Nottz lays on "Ya Heard," the sultry backing track Scott Storch designed for "Let Us Live," and a superstar guest list that's a mile long, and this scattershot album is easy to recommend despite its flaws.
Performance CreditsGame Primary Artist
Betty Wright Vocals
Nas Guest Appearance
Raekwon Guest Appearance
Travis Barker Guest Appearance
Lil Wayne Guest Appearance
Jay Mac Keyboards
LaToiya Williams Guest Appearance
Raheem DeVaughn Guest Appearance
Keyshia Cole Guest Appearance
Glenn S. Jeffrey Guitar
Ne-Yo Guest Appearance
Chrisette Michele Guest Appearance
Technical CreditsDJ Hi-Tek Audio Production
DJ Toomp Audio Production
E. Anthony Green Composer
Jeff Mann Promotions Director
Ervin Pope Executive Producer,Audio Production
Knobody Audio Production
Kanye West Producer,Audio Production
Dahoud Producer,Audio Production
Nottz Audio Production
Angelo Sanders Executive Producer,Audio Production
Andrew Van Meter Producer
Christian Clancy Marketing
Ianthe Zevos Creative Assistance
J.R. Rotem Arranger,Producer,Instrumentation
Jimmy "Henchmen" Rosemond Executive Producer,Audio Production,Management
Game Audio Production
Gary Fly Engineer
Greg Miller Publicity
Greg Ogan Engineer
Andrew Flad Marketing
Derrick Selby Engineer
Justin Dreyfuss Marketing Coordinator
Rondey Harris Audio Production
1500 or Nothin' Audio Production
Scott Storch Producer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
LAX based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
amazing from start to finish!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ok I always thought the game to be a above average rapper but much compared to the likes of Jay-Z, Nas or Easy. I'm not saying he steps his game up enough to be counted with legends such as these, but he trys real hard this time around and comes out damn good! The beats, the lyrics and Game's vocal ability are in tip top shape. LAX is better then his first two CD's. Go get this CD it's better then 95% of the crap out coming out right now.
the Game is ten time better then when he was with g-unit and how we do wasn't a good banger. This CD is dope and he got alot of good co-singer and producer on this CD
GAME TIME! Game's return on this cd is wicked and he's going to kill it for a couple months so waack rappers sit Back or get click clacked
psh dont make me laugh... the game r u serious he trys way to hard n his first single off his 3rd album sucks. he needs to start out wit a banger just like how he did with how we do from his first album. psh his last cd sucked with out dr dres beats his nothing!!!
Great album from the game! could have done without all the featuring artists. lyrically he's always at the top of his game! If you like this one from the Game also be sure to check out Crack Addiction LA The Game and DJ Bobby Back another one of my Favs from him is Whoo Kidd and The Game "The Fifth Element" I rotate these in my CD player all day long!