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The R.E.D. Album

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  • Audio CD (Aug. 23 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B002U1ACBO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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1. Dr. Dre Intro
2. The City
3. Drug Test
4. Martians Vs Goblins
5. Red Nation
6. Dr. Dre 1
7. Good Girls Go Bad
8. Ricky
9. The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
10. Heavy Artillery
11. Paramedics
12. Speakers On Blast
13. Hello
14. All The Way Gone
15. Pot Of Gold
16. Dr. Dre 2
17. All I Know
18. Born In The Trap
19. Mama Knows
20. California Dream
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2011 album from the West Coast rapper produced by Dr. Dre and Pharrell. Includes the single 'Pot Of Gold' (featuring Chris Brown). Coming straight outta Compton, LA, snarky Jayceon Taylor is the most popular West Coast rapper since the heydays of Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. His major label debut The Documentary sold over 500,000 copies in its first week and was eventually certified double platinum.

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I'm a bit biased, I grew up in Toronto listening to mostly New York hip hop in the early 90's.. All of a sudden though the West came storming in with Dre, Snoop, 2-Pac, etc.. I was hooked! I've been a sucker ever since for that laid back "gangster" flow because it just makes me happy as hell! We're all getting older and I'm glad that the RED album reflects that fact. This album is built on very sweet beats, a little gangster, a little soulful, even almost a motown feel at times. It's not about shooting people, or all the cash/cars, or all the rest of that crap! It is about having a daughter, raising his children, loving his mom and girl, etc. Don't get me wrong, it's still gangster and very street orientated, however, it sounds real, and feels real, and for that reason among others I'm handing out the very rarely given 5 stars!! I'm "feeling" it and so will you!
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i was expecting a bit better by the game, his last cd Lax was is best in my opinion. well im not a fan of lil wayne but im please to have it back with game, cause the track my life with both on lax album was sickkk. i guess once again the best tracks of the album is with lil wayne on Red nation along with On martians vs goblins, which wayne sing the chronus. there both the best beats and song of this new cd. overall i was hopping better beats. i don't like them much, need better effort from dre or others.

so well ill give a boarderline 4/5 overall cause the cd have many good track, but none are stunnin, cause somes beats are a bit anoying. but great to have snoop, wayne, ross, drake, e-40, big boy, dre, furtado... on the album, but somes of them have tiny part which sucks.

3/5 2. The City
3/5 3. Drug Test
5/5 4. Martians Vs Goblins (sick beat with wayne chronus)
5/5 5. Red Nation (sick song with somes wayne verse even if i dont like remake much)
2/5 7. Good Girls Go Bad
4/5 8. Ricky (great beat & song)
2/5 9. The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
3/5 10. Heavy Artillery (boring beat, wish a better song with ross)
3/5 11. Paramedics (anoying beat, wish a better better to have jezzy with)
3/5 12. Speakers On Blast (average beat, coulb be better with e-40 & big boy sick flow)
1/5 13. Hello (soul crap chronus)
2/5 14. All The Way Gone (soul crap chronus)
3/5 15. Pot Of Gold (ok soul)
1/5 17. All I Know (soul crap chronus)
4/5 18. Born In The Trap (game remember nas on that one)
3/5 19. Mama Knows (i like furtado, but game is better good with a gangster beat)
1/5 20. California Dream (zzzzzzzzzz)

overall a boaderline 4/5

4/5 lyrics
4/5 featurings
3.5/5 beats
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HASH(0xa04066c0) out of 5 stars Hard work pays off Aug. 24 2011
By DM - Published on Amazon.com
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Game has now stated on a few occasions - including within the lyrics of "The City", the opening track of 'The R.E.D. Album' - what an anguishing ordeal and process it has been for him to have his fourth studio album completed and released. Well, all I can say after having finally heard the finished product for myself is, hard work pays off.

'The R.E.D. Album' is, without a doubt, Game's best album to date. Every sigle song is hot. In my opinion, while his past two releases were good, that's all they were - "good". I honestly felt like Game was trying a bit too hard on 'LAX' to impress and/or to live up to his own hype. On this album, however, he seems completely authentic - he isn't trying to impress anybody anymore; he's just doing his own thing now. And he has finally shown his true talent. His flows over every single banging beat - which range from gritty and grimy to polished and smooth - are perfect and he has proven that he's evolved into a real lyricist, as Game spits some great metaphorical lines. Whether he's rapping about his California lifestyle or the birth of his new baby girl, Game is so on top of his own game that you will only be taken aback by the artist he's become.

Guest appearances include Lil Wayne, Jeezy, Rick Ross, Tyler the Creator and Bun B. among others. Honestly, none of these emcees hinder the track on which they spit. I was a bit "meh" when I first read that some of these names were associated with Game's album, but each and every one of them were on-point. They all nailed it.

What else can I say? Well, Game has heart. 'The R.E.D. Album' doesn't consist solely of gangsta ish. The emcee goes into more depth than ever before about his life growng up - namely about his parents and his brothers. Aside from that, he's got a beautiful song on which he raps about the birth of his newly-born daughter and the overwhelming joy which she brings her daddy. A perfect way with which to close this album.

'The R.E.D. Album' is structured perfectly; its blend from one song to the next is very appropriate. Once again, Game is on top of things like never before with this fourth effort and I believe he has just put forth his very best album to date, and one which will be discussed and remembered for some years to come. This feels like an album you would have heard in the mid-'90s. Emcees just don't make music like this anymore. It's just an awesome record, most definitely worth spending $9.99 on.

Graet job, Game. It is very evident that you poured your heart and soul into this one. Hard work pays off. Let me put it this way: a 21-track album with not one skip-worthy song? That's quite a nice feat. You've got something special here.
38 of 46 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa040690c) out of 5 stars GAME bringing real Hip-Hop back...let the haters hate Aug. 23 2011
By 303native1 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
4 1/2 stars.

It's been 3 long years since Game's last album, LAX. Hip Hop has seen many kings return with albums (Eminem with "Relapse" and "Recovery", Jay-Z with "Blueprint 3" and "Watch the Throne", Kanye West with "My Beautiful Dark..." and "Watch the Throne" to name a few). It was becoming Detox Jr but the R.E.D. Album is finally here. I must admit, after hearing his numerous attempts at singles with songs like Shake, Ain't No Doubt About It, and others...I was very worried that Game was going down a bad path. However, I could not be more pleased with his effort on RED.

It's only fair that I let you know how I rated Game's previous three efforts. I give Doctor's Advocate an A, Documentary an A-, and LAX a B+. Documentary was a dope entrance, but far from the classic that others call it. It lacked big time with songs like How We Do and Higher, which were sub-par at best. Doctor's Advocate is hands down my favorite Game album. He lyrically improved from his 1st and 2nd albums, and took a darker tone throughout Doctor's Advocate. Finally, while LAX was a good album, I was left a bit flat with songs like Touchdown, Money, Let Us Live, etc. Still, LAX had many great tracks, including Angel which may be one of his best songs to date. That brings us to R.E.D. Album.

Track-by-Track review

1. DR. DRE INTRO- No rating, but I like the fact that Game is back with Dre.

2. THE CITY- 10/10- Great opening track. Game really knows how to open an album, and spits heat straight out of the gate on The City. Lamar drops a nice spoken hook, and manages to hold his own. Game drops fierce and angry bars about his critics of his last album LAX. Hands down, one of the best tracks on the album.

3. DRUG TEST- 8/10- This song may leave some feeling flat. It is not Game's best verses, and I really wish there would have been more Snoop on this track. The beat is decent, but I wish they would have picked a DRE beat for this song. The song picks up nicely when Sly comes in, and overall its a dope beat to cruise to.

4. MARTIANS VS. GOBLINS- 9/10- It seems Wayne only spits on the hooks with Game for some reason. Nice beat and again nice lyrics from Game. I like when Tyler the Creator comes in and spits a very D12-like verse, it works well with the game. I dislike Wayne, he is overrated, but he works well on hooks with the game.

5. RED NATION- 10/10- One of the dopest songs on the album. Game spits fire again, and Wayne drops heat on the hook as well. This song just works, and is one of the better street songs we've seen from Game in recent years. Right up there with State of Emergency in my book.

6. DR. DRE 1- no rating.

7. GOOD GIRLS GO BAD- 8.5/10- I like Drake on features, hate his songs, which is why I like this song. Game spits some verses about all the girls he's seen throughout his life and how they go bad. The sample of the girls voice works very well throughout the song, and Drake just works on the lady tracks. One of Game's better lady tracks.

8. RICKY- 9.5/10- The only thing that drops this from a 10 is the sub-par beat after the dope intro from Boyz N the Hood. Game's lyrics are dope on this as well, some of his best that we've seen. The sax samples throughout are great, and thsi could have been a classic if it had a decent hook.

9. THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE UGLY- 8/10- Great story telling, which is something the Game has become well at. Not as great as Em, but he's still agood story teller. I really dislike it when Game tries to sound like Biggie too much. This song would be muuch better, it has a dope beat to cruise too, but he needs to quit the Biggie-like voice.

10. HEAVY ARTILLERY- 9/10- The hook, a sample of some-what, really works great on this trick. Rick Ross is not my favorite, I think he's weak, but he does alright on this track. Great beat to bump in the car, but I love the Heavy Artillery sample on the hook.

11. PARAMEDICS- 3/10- I can't stand Jeezy. When are people gonna realize that Jeezy is whack??? This is a generic beat, and sounds too much like everything that is wrong with hip hop currently. Flat out, can't stand this track. The only song on the album completely lacking.

12. SPEAKERS ON BLAST- 8.5/10- Alright hook, dope beat, pretty good lyrics, and E-40!!!! Finally, someone giving E-40 some props on a profile album again. E-40 is one of the most underrated out there. The track has a solid beat and Game spits dope verses. Pretty standard song, but the E-40 feature is most definitely a stand out.

13. HELLO- 8/10- Lloyd's hook is the best part of the song, and works to perfection with the beat. The only thing wrong with this song, is I feel that Game's voice when he's rapping doesn;t fit the beat. This songs more like an R&B beat, but that's just me. A pretty solid lady song for the Game.

14. ALL THE WAY GONE- 5/10- Weak and average beat, with decent verses from Game. This song just sounds too much like a filler. There's nothing I really like or completely dislike about this wong. It just shouldn't have made the final cut of the album.

15. POT OF GOLD- 10/10- Some say it sounds poppy, but listen to Game still spitting heat on the verses. Game and Chros Brown just work on songs together. Say what you will about his problmes with women, Chris Brown is still agreat singer and Game still keeps it hood, depsite the poppy sounding beat.

16. DR. DRE 2- No rating.

17. ALL I KNOW- 7.5/10- Game spits some great verses, with more fierce rhymes. What is lacking on this song, is the beat in my opinion. Very average and generic beat, and it sounds like something the Game has done a million times already. Still, great lyrics from Game.

18. BORN IN THE TRAP- 9.5/10- A tribute to old school hip hop. Premier drops a dope beat, while Game sounds great on it. He spits more dope lyrics, but the hook is lacking. With a great hook, it could have been a classic. Songs like this remind you of why Game is still one of the best "RAPPERS" alive.

19. MAMA KNOWS- 9/10- Another tribute to old school hip hop, and it really works with Nelly Furtado on the hook. Game spits heart felt lyrics at times, but still keeps it hook with it at the same time. Sounds a lot like an old school Nas track. Nice touch from Game.

20. CALIFORNIA DREAM- 9.5/10- Game really loves to end his albums with songs like this, and it works. He spits some of his best lyrics we've seen about his birth. Once again, Game story tells, and its amazing. A great song to end the album.

21. DR. DRE OUTRO- No rating.

Overall, its a great album from Game. Half the beats are great, and half are decent. But, if you value great lyricism over great beats, this album is highly recommended. I know everyone loved "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" and crowed it a classic, and it was Kanye's best album, but I just feel it was vastly overrated. I feel like it contained average lyrics with great beats. That's not classic hip hop. Hip-Hop/Rap is RHYTHM AND POETRY, not RHYTHM AND GREAT BEATS. That's why Eminem, Nas, and Game are the best rappers alive, not Kanye and Wayne. Jay-Z, he falls somehwere in the middle.

Great album from game. I rate it as an A-, not as great as Doctor's Advocate, but right on level with Documentary. Game is bringing real hip hop back on the West Coast.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0406b4c) out of 5 stars Another Banger from the West Coast King Aug. 23 2011
By B. Macleod - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This might be Game's most lyrical album yet.For me it's not quite as good as Doctor's Advocate(hands down my favorite Game album).But it's definitly better then LAX,which was still a good album.It might even be neck and neck with the Documentary.You can put this cd in and let it play through right to the end and enjoy every minute of it.Even as the pace of the album slows down around track 12,I still don't find myself wanting to skip any songs.Game is bringing back what so many other rappers are not doing anymore and that is storytelling.On tracks like Ricky and The Good,The Bad,The Ugly,Game is painting pictures that the listeners can actually visualize in their minds.Not to ramble on and on with this but if you are a fan of real Hip-Hop music,go out and get this album.I garuntee you won't be dissapointed.

My Top 5:
Born in the Trap
Martians vs Goblins
The City
All I Know
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0406dc8) out of 5 stars Game is still one of my top 5 :) Aug. 24 2011
By Paul M. Mondragon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Game has many albums, the documentary, doctor's advocate, lax, and now this one. (not to mention the albums before signing to aftermath or the countless mixtapes he released Purp and Patron!)

I enjoyed this album ALOT! He spent time with this one, and made sure the songs were all worthy. Yes, he's was mainly a gangsta rapper, but in reality, that time has passed us a long time ago. So rappers have to diversify themselves, and that's exactly what game HAS been doing. It's clearly evident here. And yes, he did make a few chick songs, but so what? What did PAC say, something like you gotta do songs for the ladies (ahem how do you want it?) For the critics that say Game is weak now or has gone soft, dude, take a hike and stay stuck in the 90's...

I highly reccommend this album to all my friends, and anyone who reads this post. The music is crazy, and I'm a crazy kind of person, so I can relate to the music. :)I do have my fav songs if that's what you want to know. born in the trap, martians vs goblins, the city, mama knows... they're all good to great songs, some I like more than others, but that's the way it goes. Most ppl don't like every song their fav artist puts out...

If you like Game, West Coast, or rap/hip hop music in general, you should not be dissappointed with this one...

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa040a0d8) out of 5 stars Too many features hold Game back from his potential Dec 15 2011
By Justin McBride - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
You know, in some ways, I feel sorry for Game. Here we have a rapper who started so strongly with a great debut album in The Documentary which went on to sell over 5 million copies and has been sliding downhill ever since, tipped off by a high profile and seemingly never-ending feud with 50 Cent and G-Unit. He has never been able to match his previous success with each album he's released and not for lack of trying. To me, 50 Cent is the rapper who got rich and stopped trying, Game is the antithesis. He has tried so hard over the years and two more LPs but he has never been able to reach the stardom and status as a rapper he feels he deserves.

That's what makes listening to the R.E.D. Album so difficult. It's almost as if studio executives have no faith in Game's ability to sell albums by himself so they set him up with feature after feature. That is the only reason I can envision as to why this album is so incredibly jam packed with R&B singers on the choruses and other rappers to back Game up with guest verses. On the entire 21 track album, Game is only alone on five songs. As much as Game seems to idolize Dr. Dre, one of the prototypical Compton-based West Coast rappers, the only tracks seems to have any involvement in are mere interludes.

The disappointment in this review echoes the disappointment I feel from the album. The Boyz n the Hood sampling Ricky is a standout track that showcases Game's ability to tell a story and the Big Boi and E-40 featuring Speakers on Blast is a catchy and upbeat song that also shows off Game's ability to adapt his voice and delivery style to make him sound like a completely different rapper. He can also be surprisingly affectionate, in the songs California Dream and Mama Knows, expressing his love for his Mother, wife and infant daughter. The album is a collage of so many different feelings and tones that going from track to track is surprisingly jarring.

Game is one of the hungriest and most expressive rappers I've heard in my many years of listening to Hip-Hop. He's aggressive, in your face, and completely unashamed about it. He wants more, he wants to be better and what's almost sad is that you can hear how disappointed he is that he's not there yet.

Make no mistake; this is Game as you've heard him before. Nothing much has changed from years ago. He still drops names like he's thumbing through a celebrity phone book (which Tyler the Creator amusingly points out in his verse on Martians vs. Goblins) but not as often. He's still lyrically competent, he still wants you to know that he's straight outta Compton, so to speak and he's still backed up by a solid selection of beats. If you like Game, you'll probably like this album. It's unfocused and unpolished, but it gets the job done. I guess that's part of the problem I have because, as long as this album has been in the cooker, it seems like it should've been better. Perhaps the music industry needs to take Game as seriously as he takes himself so he can truly shine.

Favorite Tracks - Speakers on Blast, Ricky, Born in the Trap, California Dream, Mama Knows

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