The Game's highly anticipated second effort, Doctor's Advocate, was leaked on the Internet last week. Bloggers and critics alike have been weighing in on what they thought about the collection. So far, from reading a lot of responses and critiques, it looks like Game has a near hip-hop classic on his hands. I listened to a few tracks from Game's set, and I liked some of the joints. There's no sophomore slump to speak of with Game's LP, but I don't think it's a hip-hop classic. In my humble opinion, it's a good LP, but not great. Yeah, that's a vague overview, but that's all I have right now. It's a dope CD, I can't front. Plus, I think the Game has proven that he doesn't need help establishing himself in the rap game.
Nevertheless, here's what some bloggers are saying about Doctor's Advocate.
Journalist/blogger Jeff Weiss proclaimed in his music review that Doctor's Advocate is the "the best West Coast hip-hop album of the last ten years."
"With his second album, the Game has done what seemed impossible: making a great West Coast Gangsta Rap album with the feel of 1994, in the year 2006. The Doctor's Advocate is a worthy sequel to albums like The Chronic, Straight Outta Compton and Doggystyle. Such high praise may seem like hyperbole, but when the dust settles, Doctor's Advocate will be regarded as a touchstone of West Coast hip-hop."
Freelance music writer William E. Ketchum III
of "speech is my hammer" blog also gave Doctor's Advocate
a big thumbs up. William cites Game's hunger, "Californication" lyrics and the LP's top-notch producers -- Kanye West
, Swizz Beatz
, Just Blaze
and others -- with helping Game maintain his West Coast swagger.
"The Game has proven himself as an able MC that doesn't need [Dr. Dre], 50, or the Aftermath machine to make dope music; the only question is if fans feel the same way. Fuck an over-extended G-Unit beef, ugly basketball shoes, and subpar acting skills: when it comes to rap, Jayceon Taylor knows what he's doing."
And much like his last disc, The Documentary
, Game continues his infamous "name-droppings" in his songs. Hip-hop blogger Jay Smooth
calls it "namedropalicious
Blogger JJ of "Still Music" blog, actually compiled a list of the high-profiled celebrity names that the Game mentions throughout his LP. Just to give you a brief rundown of the "namedropalicious": Game said "Dre" 34 times, "Snoop Dogg" eight times, "2Pac" seven times, "Eazy-E" six times, and "Jay-Z" and "Biggie" five times each, among many other name droppings.
I did manage to find one reviewer who was not too thrilled with Game's CD. Writer John Burnett of the hip-hop website "Nobody Smiling" thought the collection was okay, but certainly not worth the hype.
He writes (or types):
"The Game spends most of his early album attempting to revive West Coast gangsta rap with his exaggerated West Coast bravado, which, in turn, translates into lackluster/repetitive lyrics and tracks with very limited subject content."
And he ends it with:
"The Doctor's Advocate is not worth half the hype that was made for it but is an okay listen. Game still has potential but without [Dr. Dre] mentoring him it's a wrap. Hopefully Dre will hear this album and accept hip-hop's prodigal son back."
John did liked some of the tracks on the set including the soulful "Why You Hate the Game" (featuring Nas
) and my personal favorite, the Kanye West-blessed banger, "Wouldn't Get Far
." And this will.i.am-produced song "Compton
" is b-b-b-b-bangin!
We'll see how well the Game does sales-wise with Doctor's Advocate when it hit stores on Nov. 14.
**BONUS**: The Game recently dropped a 12-minute all-star "It's Okay (One Blood)" remix featuring guest appearances from over 20 rappers. Game definitely broke a World Guiness Record with this track. Wow!