Album Review: “The Documentary 2” by Blade Brown
“The Documentary 2”
Artist: The Game
Album: “The Documentary 2“
Its been ten years since The Game dropped his classic debut album, “The Documentary“. Since then, The Game has released multiple albums and mixtapes, and has solidified his place as one of the best rappers to ever come out of the west coast. To commemorate its original release, The Game releases the sequel, appropriately titled “The Documentary 2“”.
The album gets off to a ferocious start with “On Me”. Kendrick Lamar is featured on the song that samples the classic Erykah Badu song “On & On”. The song is arguably the best of their collaborations, which is no easy task because they’ve all been terrific. “Don’t Trip” features an all-star lineup of Dr. Dre, Ice Cube & will.I.am and is beyond stellar. Diddy provides his one of a kind swagger to the album’s best song, “Standing On Ferraris”. The song samples The Notorious B.I.G’s “Kick In The Door” and The Game flat-out destroys the track. “Bitch You Ain’t Shit” is a song that is self-explanatory, but it’s also a funny and dope track. The album’s title track is preceded by a skit that is somewhat humorous, but also unnecessary. But once the song actually hits, it immediately grabs you. Produced by Dr. Dre and DJ Premier, The Game doesn’t waste one bar on the track and as you might expect, the production is flawless.
But the album does have its low points, and unfortunately it has quite a few. While “Made In America” isn’t that bad once The Game finally starts rapping, the song is ruined by the ramblings of the featured artist, Marcus Black. “100” is surely the album’s biggest disappointment. The Game featuring Drake sounds like a sure-fire banger on paper. But the song is just flat-out boring, and the chorus is a rare misfires for Drake. TDE artist AB-Soul shines on “Dolla and A Dream”, but the songs is about three minutes too long.
The album has two big problems. The first is the title. Most sequels do not live up to their predecessors, and this project is no exception. The second is the hype that the game himself has put on it. In every interview The Game has been saying the album is a classic. While the album is decent, a classic it is most definitely not. But with The Documentary 2.5 coming out exactly one week after this project, The Game has another shot at making a worthy sequel to what is arguably his best album.
Top 5 Songs
Standing On Ferraris
The Documentary 2
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