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Game: The R.E.D. Album

As far back as February of 09’ The Game announced that he’d delay his desired retirement and release another album. Originally titled “D.O.C.”, (Diary of Compton) the album was later changed to its current/final title, “The R.E.D. Album.”

Promotion began and ended with a series of mixtapes. The first of which was released in April of 2010, the last earlier this month:

The album leaked days prior to its release (08/23/10) and so an early review ensued. First off, it must be mentioned that here are almost as many producers as there are tracks. Dr. Dre, Mars, and Cool & Dre are featured multiple times each. However, Boi-1da, The Neptunes, and DJ Premier (among others) also provide key strokes and drum riffs. In addition, the guest vocals are equally as extensive. Old friends like Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, and Lil Wayne lace several tracks with sixteens and ad-libs. Newcomers Tyler The Creator and  Kendrick Lamar provide great cameos, while Canadians Drake and Nelly Furtado bless the record with a taste of the Great White North.

Liner notes aside, there is much more to this disc than details, there is the content itself. Recorded in three studios across the sunshine state the album is a little scatter-brained, but then again so is the artist himself. That said, the record does provide a variety of songs capable of exciting a variety of ear drums. Let me offer you my top three:

Track 12: “Speakers on Blast” (featuring E-40 & Big Boi)

[audio:http://dreamlandapparel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/12-Game-Ft.-E-40-Big-Boi-Speakers-on-Blast-Prod.-by-Mars.mp3|titles=12-Game Ft. E-40 & Big Boi - Speakers on Blast (Prod. by Mars)]

Track 4: ”Martians Vs. Goblins” (featuring Tyler, The Creator& Lil Wayne)

[audio:http://dreamlandapparel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/04-Game-Ft.-Tyler-The-Creator-Lil-Wayne-Martians-vs.-Goblins-Prod.-by-No-I.D.-1500-or-Nothin.mp3|titles=04-Game Ft. Tyler, The Creator & Lil Wayne - Martians vs. Goblins (Prod. by No I.D., 1500 or Nothin')]

Track 8: “Ricky”

[audio:http://dreamlandapparel.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/08-Game-Ricky-Prod.-by-DJ-Khalil.mp3|titles=08-Game - Ricky (Prod. by DJ Khalil)]

Despite the lack of direction it is nevertheless an album filled with honest and heavy lyrics; full and fluctuating beats. It is not an artistic stretch for the Game, but it is certainly welcome material that will be given a plethora of plays.

Post Script ~ I played this like a magazine review, and purposefully so. When discussing the topic of music I write to be inclusive. That aside, the blogger in me screams to state that this is quite the rap album, especially when considering the genre. It is diverse in its approach and ultimately its appeal. I can’t wait to not only stumble upon how it inspires replays, but to also see who I’ll replay it with. Shout out to the fellow fans especially those that are family. John in particular, I know we’ll be bumping this for a long while to come.


  • Anonymous

    I found it a breath of fresh air and really appreciated the diversity.  I would prefer a hard west coast album but was surprised by how much I loved this.  He blended in well with this many guests and tracks like Ricky, Pot of Gold, Mama Knows, Goblins vs Martians, etc etc were amazing.

    Cant believe he finally got a Primo track!

    • Anonymous

      I was also surprised at how much I loved it. I came to that realization when I got home last night and was listening to it for a third time. Though there are still moments I don’t overly love, there are too many more to make up for it. Glad you liked it as well… and I almost included that Primo track, I also liked the Rick Ross feature oddly enough. 

      • Anonymous

        Yes, I agree second and third listens ae better.  It’s really rare these days for that.  Usually it hits hard off the bad then the buzz tappers off.  For this I the more I listen the more I relaize how much work he’s put it.

        Theres a few tracks I literally hate but 70% of some of the best music Ive heard in decades.

        Ricky is a fucking 5 mic classic song, one of the best tracks ever.

      • Anonymous

        Agreed, I HATE THE DRAKE SONG! That and I am not too sure about the Neptunes track yet. However, the beat on the Drake track is brutal. 

        Furthermore, I fully agree that “Ricky” is a classic. I think that and “Never Can Say Goodbye” off of L.A.X. are his greatest tracks. Oh, add “Start From Scratch” and “Doctor’s Advocate” too. That would make my top songs from each album. RICKY IS BEASTLY!

  • Chris Elliott

    Fabulous write up dude. And for your Top 3 songs, I completely agree with all of them. Ricky is one of the most iconic and heavy hitting rap records of all time, and over the last week, I’ve probably listened to it about 100 times. I think Game is an artist that you personally, can identify with. He’s unpredictable, smart and extremely emotional. Always been one of my favorites, and every album he puts out gets more and more potent. 

    • Anonymous

      Thanks my man! It is just too bad that the Drake track is such a flop.

      • Chris Elliott

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