September 25, 2008

The Game's LAX

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With a few questionable decisions from his latest effort in mind, I wonder whether The Game misses the days when he’d look behind the boards and see Dr. Dre or 50 Cent. Some of the instrumental choices, such as “Bulletproof Diaries” are less than stellar. The first 22 seconds of beatsmith Jellyroll’s production are as raw as anything before an irritating, misfit steel drum melody pokes at your ears for the rest of the song.
Another questionable move by The Game is the sparse use of veteran hit makers such as DMX — who hit the studio simply to talk on the intro and outro — and Ice Cube, who doesn’t venture outside the chorus on “State of Emergency.”Although the second half of the album makes your body move a bit more than the beginning — “California Sunshine,” “Ya Heard” and “ House of Pain” are some highlights — The Game rarely switches up his flow, making it difficult to be impressed by an album that lacks originality.