The Game - The Documentary

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Two weeks into the year and it is easily the best album of 05 - and I wouldn't be all that surprised if it is still being called that 11 months from now. A lot of people are going to be playing The Game.

Using his
midas touch production and massive influence, Dr. Dre has launched the careers of many artists. Yet from Snoop to Eminem and all those in between, the good doctor has never broken
an artist from his hometown of Compton.

Enter The Game. The baller turned
blood had barely been rhyming a year when Dre
inked him to his Aftermath
powerhouse. Before long he as the West coast representative of G-Unit and racking up an enemy list as
long as 50's. From Joe Budden, Memph Bleek to Yukmouth, Game has shown a willingness to say whatever he pleases about
whomever he pleases. If there's one thing Dre
knows, it is how to take advantage of controversy.

One listen to The Documentary and
some things become abundantly clear. One of those things is that this project
really means something to Dre, cause
he laced the beats. Such as the 2001
meets Straight Outta Compton single "How
We Do" and "Higher," which is like a heavier "Still D.R.E." with its
repetitious piano stabs. Dre and Scott Storch show their incredible
chemistry yet again on the 50 Cent-assisted
"Westside Story" and the darker "Start From Scratch." Despite the R&B
flavor with the guest appearance from Mary
J. Blidge
, the minimal "Don't Worry" still hits hard. When Dre isn't behind the boards, an A (++)
list of producers fills in. Timbaland
keeps his streak of ridiculous bangers alive with "Put You On The Game," as
does Just Blaze with both "Church
For Thugs" and "No More Fun and Games."

Kanye and Havoc deliver two of the more soulful selections with