Game - Hoodmorning [No Typo]: Candy Coronas (Mixtape Review)

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"Hoodmorning" is a mixed bag of cuts that are above average for a mixtape project, and probably narrowly missed the cut for "The R.E.D. Album."

While fans wait for The R.E.D. Album to drop, it’s clear that Game hasn’t just been sitting on his ass, twiddling his thumbs. Rather, Compton’s name-droppingest emcee has teamed with DJ Skee to release Hoodmorning, in hopes that it’ll satiate fans’ hunger for more of that West Coast goodness before the real thing hits the shelves.

The title track finds Game rhyming with a new, raspy, delivery—but with the same take-no-prisoners, bi-polar approach, taking shots at Amber Rose while apologizing to Wiz Khalifa (who shows up on the mixtape alongside B.o.B. on "Standin On a Corner" ) in the same breath. Next is “Drug Test,” which sounds like a Detox leftover featuring Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre. (Is Game Auto-tuned on this thing?) Either way, the plodding production overwhelms at times, with Dre and Game trading some at-times robotic flows. Snoop checks in briefly, but with a few borrowed bars from “Gin and Juice.”

Boi-1da comes through with a major assist on “Monsters in my Head,” a track that has Game getting a bit more introspective with his rhymes. “I’m sitting here watching my daughter being born / Feel like I should thank God that nothing went wrong / Back in my days I was headed straight for the graveyard / Runnin’ from school because enemies never stay far / Wearin’ my colors watchin’ colors chasin’ after my older brothers / Cause they were always in this shit, good thing we had different mothers.” Verses like these illustrate Game’s considerable story-telling prowess, which he too-rarely accesses.

On “25 to Life” Game uses the extended metaphor of a prison yard to assess his career. The stabbing keys on “Out of Towner” elicit memories of Game’s “Westside Story,” while the soft Jay-Z dis, “Uncle Otis” is pause-worthy. Features from Redman (“Red” ) and Yelawolf (“Rough” ) aren’t world-beaters, but they keep things interesting enough to ride out the rest of the project.

Hoodmorning is a mixed bag, but for the most part, consists of cuts that are above average for a mixtape project, and probably narrowly missed the cut for The R.E.D. Album. Practically speaking, if these are the throwaway tracks from R.E.D., then fans should expect quite an album when it drops.

DX Consensus: EP-worthy.

Listen To Game's DJ Skee & Mars Present: Hoodmorning [No Typo]: Candy Coronas

72 Comments

  • Jake

    Hoodmorning(No Typo):Candy Coronas is a much more stronger mixtape than California Republic (IMO), more hip-hip/rap songs, not these club songs like on the California Republic. hope Jesus Piece is a hip-hop/rap album not a club/rap album like the rest of these mainstream rappers.

  • Jersey Finest Kings

    @suggamatic that was an excellent but funny description..lol

  • R.E.D. Album

    Narrowly misses mixtape of the year behind "Purp & Patron" and "Dreamchasers" Imagine how good RED album will be

  • r

    Why the FUCK has he got monsters in my head on this mixtape and NOT the Album.. Big mistake, I just dont get artists sometimes

  • bza

    i like that song with red

  • Sam

    i hope the red album is better i have been waiting so long to hear it haha. monsters in my head was prob the best song idk i just hope he isnt trying to hard to sound like something he is not the reason i always liked the game cuz he can bring back old school west coast rap but in a modern sounding way. LAX was my shit idc who didnt like it i played LAX til my cd broke lol

  • Gorav Bagga

    Monsters in My Head & Rough should have been on RED, and the album has leaked it is sick still buying it

  • Anonymous

    Posted6 minutes ago Anonymous: 1. "No beef with Jay" "one blood" 2. "Got a hook from Faith, no verse from Jay I guess on Westside Story he thought I spit in his face" "Westside Story" 3. "Dre told me he ain't doin "Detox," this his only run Ma$e comin back, and Hovi done" "No more fun and games" 4 "It's "Me & My Girlfriend" like 2Pac and them Jay-Z and Beyonce, or Bobby and Whitney "Special" 5. "Rap critics politickin, wanna know the outcome "Ready to Die" "Reasonable Doubt" and "Doggystyle" in one "Dreams" 6. "Make the club R.O.C. without Timberland boots "Higher" 7."I was gassed up, Murder Inc., Roc-A-Fella passed up" 8. "It took me a little while but I am now understandin Jay ****ed up in the first round when he picked olowankandi" "Memp Bleek Iz" 9. "Oh, that boy colder than Hova unless he sober" "300 Bars" 10. "And ain't nobody tryin to take Beyonce from Jay But I know a ***** named Superhead he ****ed back in the day" Wouldnt Get Far" 11."Took you to award shows, there go Jay right there" "One Night" 12."Bangin "The Black Album," track #1 she like that Jay ****, that's her favorite'' "Around The World" 13. "Behind the back to Nas he alley oop to Jigga" "Why U hate The Game" 14. "Niqqas show me love in the hood like i was HOV down Flushing" "State Yo Name" 15. "The day Jay retire I'ma park next to the throne, in a Maybach on gold wires, yeah "Hands On The Pump" 16. "Cuz he know Jay-Z departed And these other rap labels know don't feed they artists Talkin blueprint **** you got three garages Gettin money off Roc like little E and carter" 17. "And 2Pac was in jail the day you called to hit him up I wouldn't be outside 40/40 bumpin 'Jigga What'" 18."I'm the king, and you better respect it All I need is Beyonce, and a Roc-a-fella necklace" 19. "I'm the golden boy, and I'm making Hova noise Got the whole world clapping, just like the Nolia Boys" 20. "I told 'em bomp, slow down baby Got to get this **** firm like Foxy, NaS and AZ She said '**** you,pay me So I left her in AZ That's what I get for letting her listen to my Jay-Z" 21. "*****, I'm number one, motherfukka bar none Who else kick knowlegde outside of Hova and the God Son" 22. "U gon make me/ make Jay lose his cool" "Feel It In The Air" 23. "Too much West coast dikc lickn, remember Jay-Z? "1-800-Homicide" 24. "No Em, no Dre, I'm the hottest since Jay" "Get Up" 25. "Cause I'm the man behind the Roc like Kanye West" 26."A pimp like 50, the niqqa to leave you broke ma 6 in the mornin, you stretchin on the sofa singin ain't no niqqa like Foxy Brown and Hova" "Compton to Fillmoe" 27. "I'm runnin the ROC, not Jay, Dame Dash of Hoffa" "Jackin 4 Beats" 28. "Who the fuk holdin me? i was just waitin 'til HOVA leave wit my eyes on the thrown that belong to me" "Round Here Freestyle" 29. "yeah its me and young cass til hov come back" "Aim Ya Gunz" 30. "Throw Jay-z in the pot, mix em with ren or O.J on the rocks, mix em with gin whatchu got? the westcoast riding again" "82 Days" 31. "i found out it was a hard knock life without asking Jay" "Duck Down" 32. "Fake king of new york, U aint Jay z" "soundscan" 33. "Me, Em and 50 racin' this rap siht is basic I followed that Jay siht" "We Aint" 34. "The kings comin', no I'm not Jay-Z" "One Blood Remix" 35. "Not the rap martyr, or the second rap Carter" "for My gangstaz" 36. "niqqa I'm about a dollar, what the fuk is 50 Cent? When Jay said it, I didn't know what it meant" "100 Bars" 37. "used to push that rock like Jay Hov" "Red Bandana" 38. "then this marcy-project niqqa came and stole the crown" "Im a soldier" 39. "But Kanye and Hova killed it without a doubt" "Just a lil Bit freestyle" 40. "Who had the hottest chick in the game, wearin they chain Mr. H to the Izzo, Nas and Hurricane" "too Much" 41. " cuz ain't nobody movin units but Jay, pimp Juice and Us" - Down 4 my *****s freestyle 43. "I used to have visions of retiring like Jigga" "Du Rags 44. "He in a vest with a hoodrat from Marcy with a tattoo of Jay-Z name on her chest" "Its So Hard" 45. "Im classic like Detox & Blueprint 2" "Get Yo Money" 46."Yall thought it was over when Hova retired" "Get Yo Money" 47. "Make the world feel like the niqqas before 2pac Shakur Christopher Wallace & Shawn Corey" "Dont Push Me..." 48. "... He aint teach Jigga how to rhyme" "Juice freestyle" 49. "Im going to same place Jay-z went Fredrico & Pico" "100 Bars" 50. "Hov retired but Compton still pushin Roc" "On & On" 51. "I came to see chicks shake they ass like Beyonce so let me be Hov 4 a min." 52. "All I gotta do is hit her wit a Jay-Z line like u deserve to be my sunshine" 53. "Biggie Smalls is the illest so is pac Jay retired i wonder if nas gon drop" "Unbeliveable freestyle" 54. "i kno they sayin y u gotta mention Jay" "State Yo Name" 55. "First Jay & Beyonce then Nas & Kelis" "A Week Ago Part 2" 56."u 36 And U Still Rappin Uhh, Im 26 And Homie So Iz Da Dubz" "one Blood" 57."So I reconciled my differences like he did with Jigga" Game on 'Hustlers' 58. "Im ready to die Without a reasonable doubt" "The Documentary" 59. "In '99 i studied +The Chronic+ inside out, a Doggystyle for breakfast, lunch was Reasonable Doubt " "im A Soldier freestyle" 60. "Shouldnt been influenced by Calvin Broadus, Nasir Jones & Shawn Corey" "Pain In My Life Remix" 61. Yo Jay what it do niqqa, i done rocked enough fellas,to be u niqqa,i got the 40/40,they my 2 jigga's" Tell me that whack fuck ain't on Jay's dick.

  • SKI MONEY

    CRAZY!! Better than most artist albums..Lot of folks will be seeing red after this one!!

  • anonymous

    I liked brake lights and purp and patron better than this, this is only iight

  • Anonymous

    Purp & Patron is better, but that's because there's more tracks to like.

  • theghost

    NO DJ VERSION IS OUT!!! http://www.xclusiveszone.net/2011/08/mixtape-game-%E2%80%93-hood-morning-no-typo-candy-coronas-no-dj/

  • Listen Up

    4 Stars ... Way more than I expected! Some of he songs are ahhh but Game comes nice pretty much on all the tracks.

  • gramps

    such a lame follow-up

  • Marquis

    How does this quick pasted, unconcepted thing get better then watch the throne.

    • Anonymous

      if gay is talking about white america then so it should be talking about being a good father and the violence with the youth you must be crazy

    • Suggamatic

      Cause it's actually rap. Not to faggots going on a gay odyssey together.

  • Anonymous

    dissapointed purp & patron and brake lights were a lot better but theres a handful of good songs on here tack list for red album looks kind of weak 2

  • mbk

    best mixtape of hte year

  • qweqe

    REDDDDD.. hope its not as disappointing as Watch the throne

  • Otis Redding

    watch the throne drop ni**as kill themselves

  • tdotfromdabronx

    This was good enough to be an album so i wonder what the red album is going to be like... http://tdotfromdabronx.tumblr.com/

  • TimeSq

    Best project i heard in long time... better than Sorry for the wait... for original concepts, raw lyrics, style and energy. Great mixing, outrageous beats... creative too... I luved it... GAME fan since certified gangstas came out witj Jimmy on the track

  • Gman918

    Best Mixtape I heard in a while.. better than Watch The Throne lol

  • William Rake

    out of this world sickness from The Game

  • leggored

    RED Album August 23rd

  • Un Bias fan...

    C.C is good but his best mixtapes are still Black wallstreet journal vol 1 & You know what it is series (specially 3 & 4) Theyre from 4/5 yrs back when Game was at his best

  • Dylann17

    It's a tough call between this and P & P.

  • IAMTJAY

    R.I.P JIMMY..... TRUE STORY.... G'S UP! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayxtwhMxY8I

  • Anonymous

    Skyzoo and Elzhi dropped the best mixtapes by far.

  • Anonymous

    Terrible to see how one of my favorite rappers fell off so badly.

  • BWS

    oh yea and fuck you slava

  • BWS

    heres a hiphopDX link to monsters in my head... http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/singles/id.14177/title.game-monsters-in-my-head

  • BWS

    few throwaway tracks but everything else is on point! 17 good songs on it! Monsters in my head is a classic song but DJ Skee fucked it up by changing the pitch. google Mosters in My head to get the original version and hear how it is meant to be heard.

  • Killmatic

    It's a 5* for a mixtape

  • #RedAlbumAugust23rd

    mixtape is better than most albums hear it is the west cop that red album august 23rd

  • joe5286

    If the Red Album is fire, then Game is no doubt artist of the year for 2011. He's tearing the hip hop world up right now

  • L*K

    Mixtape is better than most albums! FIRE!

  • Anonymous

    purp and patron and hangover was way better and had more replay value

  • capsule90

    Game is on fire! you can hear the hunger and anger in his voice hes back! and coming for blood!! no pun intended

  • reading between the lines

    i can tell that slava kuperstein iz a game hater. "drug test" sounds like a detox leftover??? the "soft" jay z diss is pause-worthy??? comptons "name droppingest" emcee??? slava talked about this mixtape like he/she didnt want it to be good so he/she criticized the bad thingz about the tape and tried to make the good thingz about the tape sound bad. really read this review and peep how the reviewer basically said that the songz are above average for a mixtape but he/she didnt say anything good about the songz. slava needs to keep his/her reviews real. TELL US WHY YOU HATE THE GAME?

  • Anonymous

    better than Purp & Patron/Hangover!

  • Hip Hop Addict

    I Like Purp & Patron/Hangover Better... But This Is Still Good

  • Helmut Smith

    "Purp and Patron/Hangover" hat more substance. This bored me after the first time hearing it.

  • David Alexander

    Shit does slap.. It will hold me over until Aug 23rd!

  • one

    for some reason im really feelin that track with him and gucci

  • j cole

    i give this mixtape 4.5 out of 5 its pretty cool

  • game

    Games doing some work lately nice

  • RED

    classik tape bring on theRED album

  • Alexander Foes

    This shit has better songs than Watch The Throne so far

  • 718rob

    I thought this was TERRIBLE, compared to Purp & Patron

  • Anonymous

    i like the game but this mixtape is shit

  • King (real one)

    Hot Music for free....damn thats the reason Game is the shit...

  • Anonymous

    I actually really liked the song ROUGH, the mixtapes pretty dope. Not feeling the dre, snoop song..guess thats why it got put into this mixtape.

  • Professionality

    Another hot tape from Game and Skee. Been bumping Game/Skee tapes since way back in 2005.

  • Andy

    this was one of the better mixtapes i have heard in quite some time, i really am looking forward to The R.E.D. album now after hearing this.

  • Nathan Charlie

    I really liked it