Once the Game surfaced as a force in hip-hop, a big deal was made of his dance with death. Apparently he was shot five times. If you're scoring at home, that's four times less than label mate and executive producer 50 Cent. After the altercation that nearly took his life, the Game took a crash course in hip-hop and studied up on the master MCs from both coasts. Within a year of rapping for the first time, Dr. Dre took notice and was compelled to offer an Aftermath contract. The Game is also from Compton, just like his mentor, so guess where the allegiances fall? An N.W.A medallion hangs from his neck, an N.W.A logo is inked across his chest, and an image of the late Eazy-E is on his right forearm. If none of this makes it clear enough, the Game name drops beloved heroes -- including just about everyone ever connected to N.W.A, save for CPO -- with great frequency. The stage name, coined by his mother while he was an athletic youngster, is entirely fitting: verses are constructed with album titles, label heads are mentioned as if scholarly attention is paid to the industry's inner workings. And yet, this is hardly another Guerilla Black, an MC lacking originality. The Game's scope is obviously much wider, and he's no mimic; though he's still finding his feet as a lyricist, isn't as distinct vocally as 50 or Lloyd Banks, and nearly allows the gimmicks to overwhelm the skills, The Documentary is an excellent debut that also hints at a lot of potential. Dr. Dre and an all-star cast of fellow producers are in top form, Just Blaze, Timbaland, Kanye West, and Hi-Tek included, and none of the features steal any thunder from the star. The most remarkable aspect of the Game is how he can be such a blatant product of gangsta rap (okay, let's say fanboy) and leave a mark so fast. But, as he says in "Dreams," "Anything is possible if 50 f*cked Vivica." [The Compton Collector's Deluxe Edition comes with a bonus DVD.]
Performance CreditsGame Primary Artist,Rap
Mary J. Blige Vocals
Busta Rhymes Rap
Luis Resto Keyboards
Mark Batson Keyboards,Musician
Faith Evans Vocals
Nate Dogg Rap
Mike Elizondo Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Musician
Ervin Pope Keyboards
David Cabrera Musician
50 Cent Rap
Lionel Holoman Keyboards
D. Diana Jenkins Vocals
Tony Yayo Rap
Keenan "Kee Note" Holloway Bass
Jeff Bhasker Musician
Glenn Jefferies Guitar
Wayne Kee Guitar
Natasha Mathis Vocals
Steve King Bass,Guitar
Scott Storch Musician
Technical CreditsDJ Hi-Tek Producer,Engineer
Dr. Dre Producer,Executive Producer,Audio Production
David Jenkins Composer
Luis Resto Producer
Buck Wild Producer
Mark Batson Producer
Steve Baughman Engineer
Mike Elizondo Producer
Joe Warlick Engineer
Tim Mosley Composer
Kanye West Composer,Producer
50 Cent Executive Producer,Audio Production
J. Smith Producer
Robert Hannon Engineer
Ken Huffnagle Engineer
Adam Hawkins Engineer
Ryan West Engineer
Tony Campana Engineer
B.H. Edwards Composer
Jason Schweitzer Engineer
Mauricio "Veto" Irragorri Engineer
Demacio Castellon Engineer
Kyla Miller Engineer
Robert "Big Briz" Brisbane Engineer
Ed Scratch Engineer
Che Vicious Producer
Jeff Bhasker Producer
Oscar "Filtrate" Ramierez Engineer
Jayceon Taylor Composer
Jeff Reed Producer,Engineer
Nate Hills Producer
Steve King Engineer
Scott Storch Producer
Kevin KD Davis Engineer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
THE DOCUMENTARY IS A KOOL ALBUM, BUT HIS MIX TAPES ARE BETTER. NOW IF YOU HEARD HIS MIX TAPES FROM DJ WHOO KID & DJ CLUE THEY ARE DAMN GOOD MIX TAPES,GO GET THOSE. DON'T GET ME WRONG I'AM A FAN OF THE GAME AND A (M.O.B.) BUT THE DOCUMENTARY COULD HAD BEEN BETTER. SONGS LIKE, THIS IS HOW WE DO & START FROM SCRACTH AND SPECIAL ARE KOOL
hes got a good flow but creativity is definitly limited and so is his lyrical abilities as he constantly repeats himself with different wordings throughout the album.and he also needs to stop mentioning other artists names in his music. so with these facts its definitly not a classic album but there is some hot tracks and some filler tracks as well. and ur not hard because u got shot im from colombia where innocent people get killed everyday.and then also go brag about being a blood the whole album sending negative messages to the whole country no wonder only uneducated kids listen to this piece of "music"
This CD is an instant classic on the level of Resonable Doubt, Ready To Die, Illmatic, and Death Certificate. I thought for SURE that this CD was going to be terrible because all the songs that I thought were on the CD, that had been leaked, were horrible. But I think I,and all those who got any early version of Game's music, were hoodwinked by Game's label (Aftermath) and handlers (Dr. Dre and 50 Cent) in a ploy to keep people from trying or even wanting to download this CD before it came out. But once I got a chance to listen to the REAL version I found (as a HUGE Biggie and Jay-Z fan with high standards) this man The Game is the Truth, and may have the chance to one day be a rap legend. This CD comes with everything you want: detailed flows, different rapping styles, changes in tempo pace, moving lyrics, great (and few) guest appearances, and outstanding beats. Just take a listen to some of the songs and I think you'll understand what I have found: a great lyricist and song crafter in the making. I predict this will be the best CD of 2005 unless 50 Cent or Kanye West come out with some absolutely RIDICULOUS music.
this album is crazy. game got some real nice productions by dr dre, cool & dre, scott storch, just blaze, timbaland, and kanye west. just about every song is sweet. my favorites are how we do, start from scratch, higher, dreams, church for thugs, the documentary, runnin, hate it or love it, and we aint. if ur a g unit fan, dr dre fan, or just a rap fan, this album is a must have. its not called the chronic 2005 for nothin.
This cd rtanks up there with cds such as "doggystyle", "the chronic", "all eyez on me", i mean this cd is pure greatness dr dre has made yet another great track of songs along with timbo, just blaze and the rest. from start to finish this cd kicks major a$$. best songs are #1-18 thats right the whole thing is good.
This has gotta be the hottest album out this year so far. Every track is crack, with the xception of special. Game may not be the next Jay Z or BIG, but he does hold it down enuff to make each song hot. If u don't have this cd yet, u gotta cop it, it's too hot to pass up.
My folks told me to pick this up and I was like aiight. I mean I heard the single "how we do" and that's alright, but to me the only worthwile cut has to be "hate it or love it." That song is only hot because 50 graced it with his presence. At the end of the day, Dre. and company are crankin em out as fast as possible for the money, with the bare minimum acceptable content. Rap as a whole has hit a snag and it's garbage like this that's perpetuating this low quality acceptance. If we the consumers and Rap lovers of the world say NO, I'm not buying this oversampled, rags to ritches, I have a gat and my momma's dead garbage, the industry will be forced to rethink their position and start churning out real music. In the case of this album I say Game Over.
I generally don't think very highly of 50 but he has done it on this one. Dre is is definately adding to this one by brining back old soul samples to lay the foundation for the beats. One of the other reviews talked about how this album is oversampled and it is true, there are a lot of them and many repeat from the age-old classic Straight Outta Compton, but I think the samples add a lot to the usually redundant programming of new school popular hip-hop. I would have to say this is the best hip-hop disc to come out of mainstream hip-hop in a long time.
This album from start to finish is off the chain cuz...the westcoast is back...THE GAME is the truth...The game is over for everybody....until 50 drop his album....
the game is the future... this cd is one of the best besides nwa straight outta compton this cd is a must have it has good beats and kick a$$ lyrics best songs: start from scratch, hate it or love it,how we do, special,westside story,and dreams
I'd say the only thing worth-while on this album is the instrumentals of course because of Dre. I don't think The Game came through as far as lyrics go. He didn't say anything that impressed me.
Ths album has more hits fasho. Get this album Game is the truth, out of all the songs he is coming wit it on all but like 2 or 3. THE WEST IS BACK! WESTSIIIIIIIIIIIDE
I DON'T USUALLY DO THIS, SO LISTEN UP. At first I was very skeptical. I stop buying Rap CDs in '98/'99. After Biggie & Pac were gone, there wasn't anybody out there who really had content in their lyrics, so most Rap CDs and the artists were very disappointing. Jay was cool, at first, then he kind of went downwards in term of content - not lyrics (he came back with “Blue Print” and the “Black Album”). I don’t know about you, but when I buy a CD I’m looking for a album loaded with hits - I don’t like to skip a track here and there. I want the CD to be so good that I can let it flip a few times. As far a “content”, I like to listen to a track and be like all ‘snap’ (keeping it clean) what the ‘heck’ (again keeping it clean) he just say. There wasn’t anybody out there giving that to me. Then the 50 Cent craze began. Just like the others before I "thought" it was hype. A friend who has the same taste as me said I should check it out. So I did, and the CD was so refreshing (loaded with lyrical "content") that I gave Rap another shot - up to that point, Biggie stayed in heavy rotation w/some Pac sprinkled in there. G-Unit was my new avenue: I coped “Beg for Mercy” (Banger/Classic), Loyd Banks (Tight - had to grow a little), Young Buck (Banger), a DJ Who Kidd mix Cd, and a few other artist along the way. But Game? - I don't think so - at least I thought. Wasn't impressed by his guess appearances. But I thought to my self, ‘G-Unit and Dre’, may I'll get a few bangers out of a junk CD. Man!!!! This CD is off the hook. Full of “unexpected” lyrical “CONTENT.” Can't keep it out the deck - home, in the ride, and at work. No lie - there's only one "ok" track #5 "higher", the rest are straight bangers! This CD is ranked right under 50's "Get Rich or Die Trying" - Yep, followed by G-Unit, Young Buck, and Loyd Banks (in that order). If you’re looking for lyrical content, this CD is for you.
Dre and 50 are the only thing holding this album up. Do yourself a favor and keep shopping, cause this ain't the one you want!
IT WAS JUST NOT GOOD!!! disapointed beyond belief. the man can only work with good rappers like 50 but not by himself he blew it
The westcoast is back and it's about time, since the 2pac, snoop and Dr. Dre days the west has not had a trully hot rapper, finally our prayers have been answered.
Man! The Game is going to be one of the greatest rappers. He's been antecipated to come out just like 'Pac and Dre. Every track is great. He out did himself in his first album with great producers. From Dr. Dre, Kanye West and Timbaland. Scott Storch is in it to. Can't wait for his next album. Hope it's as good as this one.
he proclaimed it in "Higher" and he is right. the Documentary is definitely worth its hype. da album is dope and the beatz iz hot. go cop it, straight n' simple. fav tracks:all except the intro of course.