The R.E.D. Album

The R.E.D. Album

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The R.E.D. Album

It turns out Game doesn't need strife in his life to create an excellent album, but for the sake of a thrilling cut, he'll still seek it out. His fourth official full-length finds the West Coast veteran taking potshots at young folks like Lil B, and he does so alongside Tyler, the Creator, the equally love-him-or-hate-him head of the Odd Future crew. His threat to send Lil B up in flames seems much more pleasingly metaphorical than any of his previous threats toward the G-Unit crew, and when you add Lil Wayne to the cut, you've got the brilliant and oddball "Martians vs Goblins." On the varied yet sharp R.E.D. Album -- and that means "re-dedicated" -- the track follows a true West Coast anthem, "Drug Test," featuring Snoop Dogg and the reason Game ever went in a studio, Dr. Dre. Back up one more cut and you've got the dramatic success "The City," which is a Game-paced catharsis and history lesson, slowly recounting the rapper's estrangement from his mentor Dre and their renewed relationship. Here, that means one guest appearance from Dre, some narration during the interludes, and Dre's Aftermath imprint on the label. It's not much, but for Game, it's enough, enough to make him sound content and comfortable with all his beefs and boasts coming from home base rather than on the run. Wayne returns to help Game smash haters on the "Zombie Nation"-sampling monster "Red Nation," while elsewhere R.E.D. plays hard for the radio and invites Rick Ross and Beanie Sigel to help show off the "Heavy Artillery." "Speakers on Blast" is the wonderfully off-kilter kind of trunk rumbler you'd expect when Big Boi and E-40 are on the cut, "Good Girls Go Bad" with Drake slows things down without going soft, and with Chris Brown delivering the chorus, "Pot of Gold" is B.o.B.'s "Airplanes" with more wisdom, but these spectrum-broadening highlights aren't the real meat of this album. For that, there's the familiar, tortured soul cut "Ricky," the near-perfect "Mama Knows," and the groundbreaking "California Dream," a "Dr. Carter"-styled number that gives a thug's-eye view of childbirth, going from "And I just got a text from your mama/Saying her water burst, I guess it's time for my karma" to an actual recording of the event. Dre's short, spoken bits end up the only speed bumps during all these twists and turns, and when you're complaining about interludes instead of the overall attitude of a Game album, you've got an obsession-free, almost relatable success that sacrifices none of the man's fire or skill.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/23/2011
Label: Geffen Records
UPC: 0602527258119
catalogNumber: 001372902
Rank: 39449

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Game   Primary Artist
Ice Cube   Vocals
Anthony Jackson   Vocals
Marvin Jones   Vocals
Jason Schweitzer   Saxophone
Laura Vaidya   Vocals
Kamasi Washington   Saxophone
Larrance Dopson   Keyboards
Dontae Winslow   Trumpet
Joi Starr   Vocals
Uncle Chucc   Guitar
Ilo   Keyboards
Rahki   Drums
Yasmine Richard   Vocals
Jameel Saleem   Vocals
Daniel Tannenbaum   Violin,Keyboards
Khalil Abdul-Rahman   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Dr. Dre   Producer
J.B. Corbitt   Composer
DJ Premier   Producer
Mauricio Iragorri   Engineer
Pharrell Williams   Producer,Executive Producer
Calvin Broadus   Composer
Lamar Edwards   Composer,Producer
Andrew Coleman   Engineer,Digital Arrangement
Andrew Van Meter   Producer
DJ Khalil   Producer
Will Ragland   Art Direction
Larrance Dopson   Producer
Dontae Winslow   Horn Arrangements
Game   Executive Producer
Greg Miller   Publicity
Don Robinson   Marketing
Cool   Producer
Don Cannon   Producer,Engineer
Maestro   Producer
MARS1   Executive Producer
Jason Sangerman   Marketing
Hit-Boy   Producer
Samuel Kalandjian   Engineer
Christopher Brody Brown   Composer,Producer
Streetrunner   Producer
Boi-1DA   Producer
Ilo   Additional Production
Geoff Gibbs   Engineer
Futuristics   Producer
Mike Larson   Engineer
Robert Reyes   Engineer
Vic Wainstein   Engineer
Pebrocks   Producer
Big Kast   Producer
Daniel Tannenbaum   Composer
Khalil Abdul-Rahman   Composer,Programming

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The R.E.D. Album 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This album is worth the purchase! Games lyrics have matured and the music production is at its best! We officially get Cool & Dre productions that's been missing sense the Documentary. 1500 Or Nothing producing "Martian Vs Goblins" a great track with Tyler the creator, a track that's out of Games ordinary style, but yet so dope! Game gets DJ Premier for production on a track called "Born In The Trap" Personally its nice flow and a reminiscence of a old school feel! Many others tracks that are worthy! Pick up the Album! I highly recommend it!