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The R.E.D. Album

Artist: The Game

Label: Interscope

By Eric Maganga | 03 September 2011

The Game is back with his fourth studio album. As he states on ‘The City’, his last offering, ‘L.A.X.’, was judged to be nothing more than average by reviewers, and he tries to bounce back on this set, which reunites him once more with mentor Dr. Dre.

The album begins with Game in ferocious form on the Kendrick Lamar-assisted ‘The City’. He declares that he’s “the best the West has ever seen, no disrespect to Calvin” in a reference to Snoop Dogg, who is featured on the next track, the ode to getting high ‘The Drug Test’. Dre provides a rare verse featured alongside Snoop on ‘The Drug Test’.

One of the best tracks on ‘R.E.D.’ is ‘Born In The Trap’, featuring great production from the legendary DJ Premier, with Game riding the beat to perfection. Another interesting track is ‘Ricky’ concerning the ‘Boyz N Da Hood’ character of the same name who was shot in the movie. Game claims that Tupac was the real-life Ricky.

There are two tracks on the set dedicated to the ladies, ‘Hello’ featuring Lloyd, and ‘All The Way Gone’ featuring Mario and Wale. ‘Hello’ is a bit flat and is along with ‘All I Know’ as one of the few weak tracks on a long and deep track list. On the other hand, ‘All The Way Gone’ works better and is more interesting with Wale outshining Game a little bit.

The list of features is just as long and deep as the album. Lil’ Wayne appears twice along with Drake, Rick Ross, Young Jeezy and Chris Brown, to name a few. More could have come out of the Drake collaboration but ‘Good Girls Go Bad’ is still a solid track. The Chris Brown feature, ‘Pot Of Gold’, is a nice commercial record with thoughtful lyrics from Game, and was chosen as a single.

‘Mama Knows’ is an unexpected collaboration with Nelly Furtado produced by the Neptunes. It works surprisingly well, and is one of the standout tracks on the album. This tribute to Game’s mother is followed by a song about his baby’s mother. ‘California Dream’ is a sequel to one of the best songs  from ‘The Documentary’, ‘Like Father Like Son’, which talked about the birth of his son and featured Busta Rhymes. The original might still be better but part two, where he talks about his daughter’s birth, closes out the album well.

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