If you thought The Documentary 2 was dope, take a listen to The Documentary 2.5! Well, according to The Game, the album shouldn't be called "The Documentary 2.5," because he considers it to be "Disc 2" of the project. Regardless of what you call it, The Game takes the entertainment level up a notch on the conclusion to this epic sequel.
The Game told SKEE-TV that the album is split into sides, Disc 1 being the "Red Side" and Disc 2 being the "Blue Side." He claimed he did not want to be biased towards his affiliation and this is his way of showing unity between the warring gangs.
The Compton rapper might have outdone himself with features. There are in total 30 featured artists on Disc 2 alone. The big-named artists include Nas, Lil Wayne, ScHoolBoy Q, will.i.am, Scarface, DJ Quik, E-40, Ty Dolla $ign, YG, and Busta Rhymes. Like Disc 1, most of the production was handled by Bongo the Drum Gahd. Other producers include will.i.am, Cool & Dre, DJ Khalil, DJ Mustard, The Alchemist, DJ Quik, and Skrillex.
One thing that makes this album different from anything The Game has done before is the presence of classic funk. He continues Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre's '90s sampling of Parliament, with references to the radio DJ of Mothership Connection on the songs "Intoxicated" and "Outside" — plus, the "Flash Light" reference for WBALLZ. That isn't the only funk on the album, as there are several dance-friendly grooves including a sample of Kool & The Gang's "Get Down on It."
The highlights of the album include "Gang Bang Anyway," "The Ghetto," "Last Time You Seen," "Quiks Groove," "Life Father Like Son 2," and "Life."
The song "Gang Bang Anyway" is definitely a personal favorite of mine. Game enlists TDE rappers ScHoolboy Q and Jay Rock to assist him on one of the album's hardest tracks. The cut features the L.A. rappers spitting aggressively about the gang-banging lifestyle. The song ends with Game giving a brief history lesson on one of the first violent incidents between the Bloods and the Crips. He mentioned the death of Fredrick "Lil Country" Garret, a Blood member murdered by a Crip in 1972. He spits:
Tookie Williams (Crip), Sylvester Scott (Blood)
'72, Lil' Country caught a slug
And that was the first time a Crip ever killed a Blood
Now the shit is worldwide cause it is what it was
We know the history and we know the shit could end any day
If you loved The Game's debut album The Documentary, you might have enjoyed listening to his sensitive side on the song "Like Father, Like Son" which featured Busta Rhymes. The track is about the birth of his first born son, Harlem. Now, at 12 years old, Harlem, as well as Game's youngest son, King Justice, are featured on Game's sequel to the song, titled "Like Father, Like Son 2," along with prior guest Busta Rhymes. Harlem and King are rapping at the beginning of the song, soon after Game takes over and spits about the love he has for his children, fatherhood, and his relationship with their mothers. This is definitely the deepest song on the album.
There aren't too many double-disc albums in hip hop history. A few that come to mind are The Notorious B.I.G.'s Life After Death, 2Pac's All Eyez On Me, Nas' Street's Disciple, Jay-Z's The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse, and Wu-Tang Clan's Wu-Tang Forever. The Game now joins the list of these rap elites.
While Disc 1 contains some great tracks, Disc 2 of The Documentary 2 is my favorite out the two. On the "Blue Side," he shows his versatility by giving the fans a few fun-loving songs, deep songs, and that hardcore sound that we all love The Game for.
You can stream Disc 1, aka The Documentary 2 and read our review right here on Zumic.
Purchase The Documentary 2.5 on Amazon (CD, MP3). Stream the full album above, via Spotify.
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