Album Review: The R.E.D. Album by Game

Posted: August 21, 2011 by eptarheels23 in Album Review, Music
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It’s been almost three years since the first supposed release date for The R.E.D. Album. After tons and tons of push backs and forty promotional mixtapes, it’s finally here. The album has some serious guest appearances and with the buzz Game has been building from mixtapes and a publicity stunt, its anticipation is as high as it will ever be. Every album from Game has been extremely good (not sure if the same can not be said about his mixtapes), so I’m expecting a lot out of the Compton emcee on this album. Was the album worth the three year wait? Check out the review of The R.E.D. Album below!

1. Dr. Dre Intro
Just a simple intro to the track with the Doctor narrating the story of where Game’s parents met and where he was born. Not much else to say here.

2. The City (feat. Kendrick Lamar) 5/5
Who better to get than Kendrick Lamar to open the album? Answer: no one. The track is the definition of tough. The beat is uplifting and Game’s verses are all very personal. Kendrick handles the hook and outro duties but he still manages to steals the show. His hook is hot as hell, but it’s weird. It almost seems like a mini-verse rather than a chorus, but it’s dope nonetheless. KDot also completely murders the outro. They drop the beat and he goes acapella for the last minute, using impressive flow and lyrical content to wrap up an amazing first track.

3. Drug Test (feat. Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg) 5/5
I absolutely love this song, it got me hyped up for the album again when it dropped a month ago. DJ Khalil is behind the boards for this track and oh boy did he cook up a monster beat. It has that classic rock/hip-hop DJ Khalil feel to it, and it still bangs. Game said he Dre rapping on The R.E.D. Album and to my surprise he wasn’t lying. Game and Dre go back and forth for the first part of the track and it makes for an amazing listen, then game hands the mic over the Snoop for the last verse and he kills it. This group has such great chemistry and you can really see that come through in this record.

4. Martians Vs. Goblins (feat. Tyler, The Creator & Lil Wayne) 5/5
I know this sounds weird, but this is what you’d expect from Game, Tyler and Wayne. The beat is a little creepy, but it still sounds like vintage Game. Game begins the track with a solid verse and Wayne does pretty solid on the hook, but the questions everyone was asking is “how will Tyler, The Creatore do?” Well I’m proud to say that he destroys his verse. Tyler has two major guest features to his name (this and Trouble On My Mind with Pusha T) and he has basically stolen the show on both of them. Can’t wait to seem more work from the Odd Future frontman.

5. Red Nation (feat. Lil Wayne) 3.5/5
I have never been a fan of this song. The beat is strange, it’s almost stadium, rock and it just doesn’t seem right. Lil Wayne doesn’t come through in the guest feature with a disappointing hook. I can see why this was selected has a single (mainly just the Lil Wayne feature) and it’s had enough success to not actually have the album pushed back again. So for that, I thank you R.E.D. Nation.

6. Dr. Dre 1
Continuing from the Intro, slowly progressing through his life.

7. Good Girls Go Bad (feat. Drake) 5/5
This is a downright old school, throwback, banger. Cool & Dre were behind the boards for this one and they cooked up a dope beat. It bangs and is perfect for Game and Drake to tag team. I’m pretty sure everyone expected this, but Drake killed Game on his own record. His verse had top notch flow, doubled with his sick lyrics it all added up to a show stealing verse. Most of you were probably going to check out this song already just based on the Drake feature, but I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t disappoint at all.

8. Ricky 3.5/5
I’m normally a huge fan of DJ Khalil production, but this beat kinda sounds like just a mash of tons of different sounds. It’s to cluttered and I’m not sure which is going on. And I can’t really fully listen to the song because of that fact. Going to have to pass on this song unfortunately.

9. The Good, The Bad, The Ugly 4.5/5
Grimy keys and dark drums play the backdrop for a storytelling joint. The saga begins with the former drug dealer getting ambushed by several hostile guests with heaters, then segues to a scene where two detectives question the injured rapper. The Game skillfully flips the tone of his voice, and weaves an entertaining verse when he refuses to cooperate, instead spinning out a story that’s different from what actually went down. Hit-Boy is on a roll after producing big time records such as this and N****s In Paris.

10. Heavy Artillery (feat. Rick Ross & Beanie Sigel) 4/5
From these three artists and the title, you should already be able to tell what this track is going to be like. A heavy hitting bass lays the groundwork for the three emcees to rap over. All three artists have that hard hitting style in this record and its a definite street track. Also there were rumors that these three were going to create a super-group, but that never happened obviously.

11. Paramedics (feat. Young Jeezy) 3.5/5
Disappointment is a terrible thing, and this song disappointed me. I think this song let me down from the start with the beat. It just isn’t that good, period. I wanted this to be that street anthem, that knocked but could still be played anywhere. However this record is not that. Pass.

12. Speakers On Blast (feat. E-40 & Big Boi) 4.5/5
Trumpets and synths kicks compose the beat for this banger. Game nags verses from rap vets E-40 and Big Boi and they both kill it, once again Game is outshined. Unfortunately this is starting to become a theme throughout the album Game being outshined by his guest features. Step your game up man (pun intended).

13. Hello (feat. Lloyd) 3/5
And we arrive at the section of the album meant for the radio, with three straight guest appearances from R&B singers. The beat is a smooth and Lloyd feels right at home while the Game feels out of place a little. It just doesn’t seem like it was meant for him. I’m going to have to say skip on this track.

14. All the Way Gone (feat. Mario & Wale) 4.5/5
This is by far the best of the radio-ready singles for Game to choose from. It has a killer hook from R&B crooner Mario and with a dope verse from MMG member Wale, I could see this going far. Game’s flow on the first verse is sick and I wish we saw more of that from the Compton emcee. Definitely listen to this track if you’re a fan of the R&B/hip-hop radio-ish type songs.

15. Pot of Gold (feat. Chris Brown) 4/5
Another single from Game that didn’t go over that well with me. Again this makes sense as a radio single, but other than that I’m just that big of a fan of it. The song does everything well, nowhere is great though. The beat is okay, Chris Brown’s hook is not the best we’ve seen from him, Game’s verses are average, all that adds up to a decent track from the Compton emcee.

16. Dr. Dre 2
Same as the previous interludes, nothing special here.

17. All I Know (feat. Luu Breeze) 3.5/5
First off, who the hell is Luu Breeze? Well turns out he is a Canadian emcee and he wrote and sings the hook on this song. The beat is solid, it’s from Boi-1da, but it feels like it’s a throwaway from him. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say this was a filler. Not the worst song, but not the best song either.

18. Born In the Trap 4.5/5
This is what I’m talking about. This is a vintage DJ Premier beat, that east coast, golden age hip-hop feel. The track is full of record scratches and piano keys, making for a crazy beat. Game’s flow on here is dope and with the lyrical content to go along with it, this will without a doubt be the most underrated track on the album. I wouldn’t be surprised if it is the least popular song on the album on iTunes, but hey that’s the mainstream.

19. Mama Knows (feat. Nelly Furtado) 4/5
This is a very unorthodox record. Originally titled Mother’s Womb (you can imagine why that was changed), Game raps about what he’s been up to since he left his mother’s womb. Nelly Furtado lays down a smooth hook that really adds to the overall feeling of the album. Skateboard P brings those Neptunes key patterns that sound like a throwback to his early chart-toppers, which is both a good and bad thing. I’m still not quite sure f I dislike or like this song, hmmm.

20. California Dream 5/5
Here we go! This track has that west coast, classic banger feel and I love every minute of it. The chorus is a litte annoying, but once the beat drops your head will be nodding to the beat instantly. Game speaks on his kids and everything on that subject, so it’s a very personal record in that matter. This is an excellent close to the album, just wish there were more tracks like these throughout The R.E.D. Album.

21. Dr. Dre Outro
Same as ever other intro/interlude. Closes out the album with a description of how Game left the hood.

All in all it was a solid album from Game. A little disappointing in the overall picture but dope nonetheless. I think this might be Game’s worst studio album, but not far behind L.A.X. It’s just not on the same level as his other efforts. The tracks that I was looking forward to the most (The City, Martians Vs. Goblins, Drug Test and Good Girls Go Bad) came through as amazing records, but other than that there weren’t any other songs near that level. I will definitely have a few of these songs on rotation for a long time, but some the songs I will never listen to again. Was it worth the three year wait? No, but we have to live with it. Download The R.E.D. Album below and support Game!

Download: Game – The R.E.D. Album

  1. Biqq Pete says:

    the city is the best track by far

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