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In a nutshell, it took ages for Game to get around to making his fourth album. The LA rapper faced a bag of delays, a bit of label trouble and he even dropped the 'The' out of his stage name. But finally, after a wide few years gap between "L.A.X." and summer 2011, "The R.E.D. Album" hit the streets and was able to get Game's career back up and running. Since the Rap game looked a bit different to the way he left it, Game enters the project with the aim to prove that he's still very much in-demand and he can still pull in the big artists for guest spots.
Game does actually get the big names to get involved. If you're a fan of Drake, Tyler the Creator and Snoop Dogg, it's great to see that they all dive in to feature on the record. It's got its fair share of club tunes and is supplemented by concept tunes (as is found on "Martians vs. Goblins" and "Good Girls Go Bad"). He knows what's needed to fit all criteria (which will keep him in the good books with many) and successfully melts into the mould of a his many guests to keep their fans happy.
The price to pay for an album which has all the features any 2011 Rap fan could want is a messy release which doesn't quite live up to standards. Other than the obvious plus points, like the "Kernkraft 400"- sampling "Red Nation", the LA rappers finds himself trying to please everyone. This in mind, collabing with indie, alternative-styled MCs like Kendrick Lemar is fair enough. However, it doesn't hold up when he's juxtaposing it with a dream reunion between Snoop and Dre.
They days, a Rap album which is 21 tracks long (even if some of them are skits) is simply too long. Game pays the toll by providing a release which does everything he's capable of, but not in the most graceful way. It's flawed with lots of skippable tracks. "The R.E.D. Album" is a sonic sprawl which doesn't particularly fit in any one place. So if you come in for the R&B-edge tunes (like "All the Way Gone", you can find them, but you'll be put off by the rawness (like on "Heavy Artillery"). Game's proven that he can make commercially-viable Gangsta Rap work, but you could be fooled by listening to this one.
Yep, you can find Nelly Furtado, Dr. Dre, Chris Brown, Lloyd, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne and E-40 on the same CD, but who wants all that if you have to skip past three tunes every time you want to find one you're going to enjoy? For the sake of keeping your Game discography complete, feel free to purchase, but if you got it back in August 2011, it's very unlikely that you'll still be listening to it to this day.
The R.E.D album is the fourth studio album by Jayceon Terrell Taylor , better known as west coast rapper ,The Game. The album has been a long time in coming and has taken three years in all to produce and release. There were many delays but it finally came out last month (August 2011). There are a total of 21 tracks on the album which is quite a lot for a single album. There are also a number of key features from the likes of Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, Drake and Nelly Furtado amongst some others. (17 features in total)
In this review I will give a view on some of the key tracks and features on the album and then give an opinion on the album as a whole
1. Dr. Dre Intro
2. The City (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)
3. Drug Test (Feat. Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg & Sly)
4. Martians Vs Goblins (Feat. Tyler, The Creator & Lil Wayne)
5. Red Nation (Feat. Lil Wayne)
6. Dr. Dre 1
7. Good Girls Go Bad (Feat. Drake)
9. The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
10. Heavy Artillery (Feat. Rick Ross & Beanie Sigel)
11. Paramedics (Feat. Young Jeezy)
12. Speakers On Blast (Feat. E-40 & Big Boi)
13. Hello (Feat. Lloyd)
14. All The Way Gone (Feat. Mario & Wale)
15. Pot Of Gold (Feat. Chris Brown)
16. Dr. Dre 2
17. All I Know (Feat. Lu Breeze)
18. Born In The Trap
19. Mama Knows (Feat. Nelly Furtado)
20. California Dream
21. Dr. Dre Outro
Dr Dre introduces the album and The Game and he also provides a background to the Game's life so far with four short snippets on the album in total. The first top track is 'The City' which features Kendrick Lamar. This is a good track to start off the album and it also outlines his struggles in choosing which record label to be signed to and release his album from. He got himself into trouble with G Unit and was left as a bit of an outcast after a falling out in 2005. ("torn between Aftermath, Geffen, Interscope." He also namedrops other top rappers including 2Pac, Nas , Jay Z and Dre. The next track is Drug test which features heavyweights Dre and Snoop. This is a track appealing to the mainstream audience. It is followed by two more tracks which feature Lil Wayne. Martians vs Goblins and Red nation are both pretty decent tracks . Red Nation was the first single from the album and appeals to the radio audience. After this comes 'Good girls go bad' with some pearls from Drake," I love you're a** like Milhouse loved Lisa,I love you're a** like the Ninja Turtles love pizza ." There are a lot of other pretty average and below tracks in between from track 10 to the end. The first half of the album bar a couple of tracks is better than the second half. Pot of Gold featuring Chris Brown is another good track appealing to the radio audience and this track is one of the singles and has its own video. Mama Knows is another decent track also where he shows his lyrical talent with a feature from Nelly Furtado.
This album in my opinion is pretty good but could have been a lot better. There are way too many features for an album for starters. There are 21 tracks and the majority have features on them. Some are good but others are not. There probably should have been more tracks where The Game was on his own. Another point is that there are too many tracks on the album in total (21). Alot of albums have far less than this and it is difficult to maintain a high standard with this many tracks.There are enough decent tracks though to give this album 3/5 stars and maybe 3.5 but I would not give it more than this.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Dr. Dre Intro
2 The City ft. Kendrick Lamar
3 Drug Test ft. Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Sly
4 Martians Vs Goblins ft. Lil Wayne and Tyler The Creator
5 Red Nation ft. Lil Wayne
6 Dr. Dre 1
7 Good Girls Go Bad ft. Drake
9 The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
10 Heavy Artillery ft. Rick Ross and Beanie Sigel
11 Paramedics ft. Young Jeezy
12 Speakers On Blast ft. Big Boi and E - 40
13 Hello ft. Lloyd
14 All The Way Gone ft. Mario and Wale
15 Pot of Gold ft. Chris Brown
16 Dr. Dre 2
17 All I Know
18 Born In The Trap
19 Mama Knows ft. Nelly Furtado