#TBT: The Game's Deep Cuts
The Game released a massive double-album last week, star-studded with guest appearances by the likes of Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, and Kanye West. It's hardly the first time The Game's release went deeper than the singles. Often times, the most rewarding tracks are the deeper, overlooked cuts. The Game, who has released nine albums and fourteen mixtapes, has no shortage of tracks you probably missed when they were first released. Those are the songs we're going to focus on today.
Origins: The Samples From The Game's "Documentary 2"
The Game's Documentary 2 has been the subject of much buzz since its release last Friday. The west coast sound is alive with the release, as it falls in line sonically with the likes of YG, Jay Rock, and Dr. Dre's Compton. The samples help to give the record a nostalgic vibe amongst the dense production.
Janet Jackson's "Unbreakable" Is Her 7th No. 1 Album
Janet Jackson has topped the charts once again. Her latest album, Unbreakable, is the singer's 7th album to attain the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200. Jackson is also the third act in history to have a No. 1 album in each of the past 4 decades. She ranks third in the number of chart-topping albums from a female act, behind Barbra Streisand and Madonna. Billboard reports that Unbreakable sold 116K "equivalent album units" in its first week, which ended on October 8.
First-Week Sales Projections For The Game's "The Documentary 2"
The first-week sales projections are already in for The Game's The Documentary 2, the sequel to his debut album, The Documentary, released in 2005.
The Game Says He Recorded About 700 Songs For "The Documentary 2"
The Game and DJ Skee are old friends, having been the dynamic duo behind the legendary diss track "300 Bars." Both have had very successful careers in very different ways, and The Game stopped by Skee's talk show recently to promote The Documentary 2. The interview covered a variety of topics and gave many insights about the album, none greater than the fact that The Game apparently recorded 700 or so songs and eventually narrowed it down to 38. He recalled showing Dre 20 tracks and Dre telling him they were all trash.
Review: The Game's "Documentary 2"
The Game is a man of contradictions. His long-awaited follow-up to 2005's The Documentary begins with the Compton rapper hopping out of his car to bust some heads, and ends with a cheery hook sung by will.i.am and Fergie that sounds like it belongs in a Mary Kate & Ashley movie set in Los Angeles. In between, he's all over the place, sometimes slipping up with his lyrics, collab choices, or subject matter, but more often than not giving us some of his best material in years.
Stream The Game's "The Documentary 2"
The Game has been promising The Documentary 2 all summer, and while it may have taken a little longer than expected, the project has been made available today.
The Game Don't Change: The Making Of "The Documentary 2"
“My nostalgia is one hundred percent Compton and zero percent snitch" - The Game --------------------- 3:35 PM, HNHH HQ, one Monday in September: the elevator door groaned open. There stood The Game and his entourage. I couldn’t actually see his face, but I could still see him, amid the flood of bodies pouring out of the elevator and into the adjacent room -- a camo snapback floating above the crowd, cocked up and backwards at the jauntiest angle possible.
Quiz: How Well Do You Know The Game's "The Documentary"?
Tomorrow, The Game will drop The Documentary 2, the sequel to his much-celebrated The Documentary, an album that immediately established The Game as a torchbearer for LA gangster rap and a heavyweight in the rap game for years to come. Indeed, he's still bringing that heat as every song so far from TD2 has been very, very hottttt. The Documentary was released in 2005, when many of our readers were still in grade school. Have you been brushing up on your '00s rap classics?
The Game Disses Young Thug During Skee TV Performance
The Game and Young Thug's beef was rekindled recently when Thug felt slighted by some subliminal jabs made by The Game and Charlamagne Tha God during a Breakfast Club interview. Thugger responded with an Instagram video, which led to a bit of IG back and forth with the two.
The Game Threatens Stitches Over DMs He Allegedly Photoshopped
You probably heard about Stitches when his absurd song and video, "Brick In Yo Face," went viral. Chances are, you didn't hear much about him after that. Well, the Miami rapper has been doing his best to push himself back into visibility by attempting to start a beef with Tyga, inventing rumors he had slept with his girlfriend - Kylie Jenner.
Top Tracks: September 28 - October 4
10) The Game feat. Diddy - Standing On Ferraris In his search for another hit, The Game is an equal opportunity employer. The decidedly West Coast rapper is even willing to reach out to the figurehead of the label that was once at the forefront of the East Coast sound -- though he only grants him a speaking role. "Standing On Ferraris" didn't budge in its second week on the charts, holding strong at #10.
The Game's "The Documentary 2.5" Tracklist Revealed
Last week we found out about The Game's unique approach to his double disc album for The Documentary's follow up.
The Game To Release Second Disc As "The Documentary 2.5"
The Game revealed that his highly anticipated The Documentary 2 was a double disc album the other week, with 38 songs total. The rapper broke the news during his HOT 97 interview, and later followed it up with a few more details: the second disc would
The Game Calls Lupe Fiasco “Weird” On New Track “Dollar & A Dream”; Lupe Responds
Not being able to avoid the inevitable, The Game’s upcoming album, Documentary 2, sprung an early leak Wednesday afternoon. And like many of his previous efforts, Documentary 2 has several name drops heard throughout the project, some good some not so good, but one artist in specific that was affected by the latter was Lupe Fiasco, who has since responded to his situation. On the Ab-Soul-featured cut “Dollar & A Dream,” the Game says Lupe went “weird,” in the opening verse. He reportedly spits,
The Game Could Be Arrested After Threatening DJ Star On The Breakfast Club
The Game certainly pissed a lot people off with his latest interview on The Breakfast Club. First off, his not-so-subtle remarks about Young Thug reignited the beef between the two rappers, with Thug coming at Game once again through an Instagram video. Now, he may have more serious problems on his hands following a threat aimed at Star, a New York radio DJ.
Top Tracks: September 21 - September 27
Top 10s are only exciting when they actually change. For a while, that wasn't happening. Luckily, our Top 100 is getting more exciting each week, as we move further and further away from the incessant Drake domination. Let's get to it. 10) The Game ft. Diddy - Standing On Ferraris
She's Got Game: Cast Your Vote For The Females On The Game's Reality Show
The Game has taken on a new reality show that mirrors Flavor Flav's "Flavor of Love" with VH1. The TV show, which The Game previously spoke about the show on HOT 97, revealing the motive behind it ($$, unsurprisingly). What's interesting about this show is that each girl is picked by one of The Game's friends. Friends such as DJ Khaled, Dej Loaf, Fat Joe, Keyshia Cole, Ray J and many more all took part.
Young Thug Responds To The Game & Charlamagne's Sneak-Dissing On The Breakfast Club
The beef between Young Thug and Game is officially back on. Thug suspected Game of sneak-dissing him on his recent Breakfast Club interview, and he has now responded to Game (and Charlamagne) on Instagram. UPDATE: Game has chirped back. And they're now going at it on Instagram. See their back and forth below.
Royce Da 5'9" Hints At "PRhyme 2," Requests Features From Kendrick Lamar & Eminem
Royce Da 5'9" has decided to conceptualize another new project with DJ Premier on Twitter today. He started out by launching the hashtag, "#PRhymeTWO," before hitting Premier with some motivation, writing "I need to let these ideas out my brain bruh." From there, he called out to Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, and The Game, looking for potential collaborators -- "real lyricists" who are "ready to spar".