In 2006, rapper The Game released his second LP – The Doctor’s Advocate. Two years, one four-month trip to prison and countless struggles with estranged supporters Dr. Dre and 50 Cent later, The Game has dropped LAX. Hopping on the ubiquitous popular rapper manifesto, Game said this album would be his last, because he supposedly has nothing left to prove.
However, the album – a 19-track feature-heavy compilation – is definitely not a high note for Game to leave off on.
The album starts with a prayer from rap’s new preacher DMX, and just as quickly as you can press next, Game brings you the somber and boring “LAX Files.” A few skippable tracks later, Lil’ Wayne lends a T-Wayne singing feature to his West Coast cohort on “My Life.”
Ultimately, this album is marred by poor production and boring lyricism by Game, save for a few tracks like “Dope Boys,” “Cali Sunshine” and “Angel.” On “Angel,” Game scores Kanye production and a Common feature for a cliché yet catchy ode to their leading lady – hip-hop.
In previous albums, listeners looked forward to an entire album of hearing The Game’s witty lyricism and knocking production picks – no matter how vulgar or hard it got – because they knew what to expect. But on LAX, The Game enlists so many features (there are only three solo songs!) that any message he was trying to get across gets far too diluted and commercialized.
If this truly is his last album – he better not expect to be mentioned in the same breath as Pac, Biggie and Jay-Z…or even Wheezy baby.
With all this talk about a recession, this story might be kind of offensive. The Game and Bow Wow will finally see who’s the best “in the world” at Madden NFL ’09 for a $100,000 prize. The meeting is scheduled to take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at a secret location. They reportedly will have a weigh-in ceremony like a real boxing match hosted by hip-hop gaming company Konsole Kingz. Who do you have your money on (if you care)?
Additional reporting by Rashaan Meador
The Game demolished the first week sales of his enemies in G-Unit by moving an impressive 238,382 albums. According to Nielsen Soundscan, The Game’s L.A.X. debuted at the No. 2 spot on this week’s Billboard 200. Metal group SlipKnot’s album All Hope Is Gone actually took the #1 spot on Billboard’s Top 200 Album’s chart, beating L.A.X. out by only 1,134 units. There was an error with the Soundscan numbers earlier this week that put the Compton MC at the #1 spot.
Additional reporting by Rashaan Meador
If you haven’t heard, drummer Travis Barker and the worldly renowned DJ AM have been collaborating quite a bit lately. They even perform live weekly out in LA, and if you haven’t seen videos, check them out here and here. Travis Barker has also been getting into a lot more hip-hop as of late and recently worked with Wale and The Game. So, it would make sense that a burgeoning producer like Trav and a superstar hip-hop DJ would make a great collaboration – and they really do. They just dropped a mixtape, entitled Fix Your Face, which dropped today. Download it below and let us know what you think, and if Trav should stick to rock.
Justin Blaze, as Jay-Z so comically calls him, has been producing the hottest rappers in hip-hop for years now. After getting major recognition for producing hits on Jay’s Blueprint, Just Blaze moved on to work with everyone from The Game and DMX and TI to Rhymefest and Talib Kweli. His unique soul samples and fast-tempo, drum-heavy tracks keep any rapper hitting up Just for some beats. Just was also the exclusive producer on Saigon’s debut album, which has been pushed back for about 4 years now. Just has also been rumored to be working with new Interscope artist Wale and Erykah Badu’s protege Jay Electronica. In the meantime, Just decided to go old-school and bring his fans a 90’s hip-hop mixtape entitled 90’s Flava. The 51-track tape features everyone from AZ and Method Man to Das EFX, Brand Nubian and Pete Rock. It’s the first time in a long time I’ve seen Just hosting a mixtape, and listening to his selection of the best 90’s hits should be pretty educational. Download the mixtape here, and let us know what you think.