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For fans of Game, this album has finally came after a long time of waiting. He released four damn good mixtapes before R.E.D.’s release; which only made this album more anticipated. With a total of 21 tracks, there’s plenty of Game to tune in to. In line, waiting to actually PURCHASE the album, I was reading the back and noticed quite a few features, with Chris Brown, Lil' Wayne and Drake sparking a concerned interest. I don’t mind either Breezy or Drizzy, but I didn’t want Game’s album to be too mainstream; which I was honestly, already a little weary of knowing that Pharrell was the Executive Producer. The album didn’t disappoint.
The Intro features Dr. Dre, who gives a quick biography of Game. Hearing his voice on a Game album was a wonderful thing; if only he had produced a track or two.
The City is likely the album’s best track, and hands down my personal favorite on the album. I had steady waves of goosebumps throughout the song, due to Game’s unique flow, the chorus, and every bit of Kendrick Lamar’s parts. Favorite line: “I’m sick of motherfuckers talk about the West died, can’t you hear my heart beatin'?”
Drug Test is a great transition from The City. The track features Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Sly. I’m sure if Nate Dogg were around, his voice would have been mandatory for the song’s chorus. Dre has a comfortable and familiar verse, Snoop’s is just simply not long enough. Overall, the song lacked some heart, but nonetheless, a good track.
Martians vs Goblins. Boy oh boy, would I have loved this track if Lil' Wayne wasn’t on the hook. I’ve heard Lil' Wayne butcher the line “We are not the same, I am a martian” for years now and to find out that the exact line is the chorus for the track, was just pure disappointment. Regardless, Game has a good verse and Tyler, The Creator kills it. The beat and flows from both rappers are well above average and definitely make up for the weak chorus from Wayne. My favorite line: “Fall back, like LeBron’s hairline…”
Red Nation isn’t a bad song, but I’m not convinced it’s great. Not a bad single, but the world’s fascination with Lil' Wayne concerns me. The hook, which features Wayne is poor. Game’s previous albums had some marvelous hooks, but the decision to have Wayne do this track, as well as Martians vs Goblins, was a big let down.
Dr. Dre on an interlude continuing the biography of Game, a good touch yet again.
Good Girls Go Bad is the kind of Game track I look for on his albums. A great beat, a great theme, good lyrics, a great feature (Drake), just an all around success. Drake’s verse certainly does not disappoint, either. I look forward to hearing this on the radio. Favorite line: “I’m sittin' here watching Basketball Wives like UGH, them is basketball wives?!”
Ricky is an amazing track, featuring multiple samples from the legendary film, Boyz in the Hood. The song has some fantastic lyrics and a great beat. Game’s flow is incredible and serves as a prime example as to why he is an honorable mention when it comes down to the best in the business. If The City wasn’t on the album, this song would be my favorite. With no actual chorus, the song just flows in a magnificent fashion.
The follow up to Ricky is The Good, The Bad, The Ugly. The beat is very low key and dirty, which meshes perfectly with the lyrics and flow Game spits; reminiscent of Biggie. Imagine west coast lyrical content with an east coast vibe — it’s great mix. The songs only downfall is its length. At only 2:28, it ends leaving the listener wanting more. There is a very cool layout to the song, featuring three separate alibi’s given to the cops by Game and a prime example of how good a story teller Game is.
Heavy Artillery has the kind of beat and overall vibe you desire when you’re driving around at midnight in the summer. The track opens with a verse from Rick Ross, which does it’s job and adds to the atmosphere. The background samples and chorus gel well with the beat and add to that vibe I was talking about. Beanie Sigel follows Game’s verse, which are both pretty standard.
I’ll admit, I’m a sucker when it comes to Young Jeezy. Something about his voice and flow make rap songs sound good to me. So I am a little biased when it comes down to his feature on Paramedics. The hook isn’t so hot, but the verses by Jeezy and Game certainly make up for it. The beat is honestly average. If you like Game and you like Jeezy, then you’ll like this song. But seeing as how I love both rappers, I expected a better product to come out of the workshop.
Speakers On Blast is exactly what I like to hear on a Game album. It has a great beat, but with a title like that, how couldn’t you have a good beat? The song features Big Boi and E-40, which both do an okay job; if Game had included an additional feature with Andre 3000, this track could have been upped another level.
Game slows things down with Hello featuring Lloyd, who has a good voice and does a good job on the hook. The verses have the traditional Game flow to them. Which, obviously, if you’re a fan of the Game, you’ll enjoy. Clocking in at 3:49, makes me think that Game has his eyes on this as a single.
All the Way Gone is a great track with a seductive beat. Mario and Wale are both a perfect fit for the song. Mario’s hook is very catchy and works great with the song’s beat. Wale may have upstaged Game on this one; which isn’t always a bad thing. And I won’t lie, I was snapping and head bobbing in the car to the chorus after the 3rd listen.
Now on to the song that I’ve heard a hundred times now on WGCI; Pot of Gold featuring Chris Brown. Game’s verses are good, the beat isn’t bad, Chris Brown does a poor job with the hook. The only thing that I didn’t really like was the lyrics for the chorus. It can be catchy, but I’m just not sold on rainbows and searching for a pot of gold. A little too corny… Didn’t Game get shot 5 times?
Dr. Dre on another interlude, again, continuing Game’s biography.
All I Know, an average beat with an average chorus with some good verses by Game. Littered with sports references, this song has some great lines. Favorite line: “Can’t go out like ‘em but I love Big, I love Pac, love Fab, love Kis, that’s where the love stops”
With a title like Born in the Trap you’d think this would have been the album’s Jeezy feature. The beat is great, almost an old school vibe to it. In traditional Game fashion, plenty of names being dropped, adding new names for each chorus; even though there are lots of names being thrown around, none catch any heat. Game’s flow is great and goes very well with the beat. Some really good lines throughout, definitely read along as you listen to the song.
Mama Knows with Nelly Furtado; such a great addition to the album. It’s a soothing beat with a soothing flow and a mellow chorus. Well done with great production. I wouldn’t have minded a feature with Common on this one.
Game had a hip-hop classic on his hands with California Dream up until the recorded live birthing of his daughter at the song’s end. Giving life is beautiful and I couldn’t be happier for Game, but I’m not sure including the delivery (or staging and recording a birthing) was entirely necessary for a rap song. You could easily mistake Mars' production for something from Kanye. The song’s lyrics are aimed at the happiness Game now has with the birth of his baby girl. At 6 minutes — 12 seconds, this is the longest track on the album.
And as expected, the album’s Outro features Dr. Dre and puts a good message out there for men. The most gangster thing a guy can do is take care of his wife and kids. (Or be in a gang).
All in all, the album is wonderful. Not a bad song on it. Some aren’t exactly breath taking or mind blowing, but some cut deep and re-establish Game as a top artist. I would say this album is a must buy. It’s better than L.A.X. and on par with Documentary and Doctor’s Advocate. If it were up to me, this would be this years Album of the Year (at least so far). I enjoyed R.E.D. more than Watch the Throne as well as Hell: The Sequel, but everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Long live the rap game.
My rating: 4.25/5 (Would have been 4.5 if Lil' Wayne had gotten left out)
Oh wow, copy and pasting my review from the actual review thread didn’t transfer all of my links to the song lyrics and artist pages… That was more work than actually writing the thing.
But look at it this way: you got the clever title name
Haha, thank you. I liked it too.
beast review. could have included individual song ratings tho
thumbs up! ricky is fire
Thank you and noted.
Would just like to note that R.E.D. debuted at Number 1 on the Billboard 200.
It only sold about 98,000 copies copies here though… thanks in part to the leak
98k? Well, in other news…
If I could delete posts in my thread, I would not hesitate to delete anything related to Lil Wayne or Tha Carter IV.
Oh I know, and I agree. I am just saying because you got a solid album like RED selling 98k and already we see that shit like Carter IV is primed to sell 850k in its first week. That’s the most since…Carter III
That’s crazy shit, considering that ALSO got leaked