Less than 24 hours ago, Game released his final album for Interscope. I was suspect of the album either flopping or being dope. I haven’t heard the album sales thus far and I’m not even sure if they’ll be ready til at least Friday. But I’m going to give you my personal review after the jump.
Game’s highly anticipated The R.E.D Album was released today, August 23rd. As I began to listen I noticed a good portion of the tracks are produced by Dr. Dre. or feature Dre. There are too many collaborations to list, but let it be known that Game came equipped to help push album sales. I can tell from the get go of the first track “The City” which features Kendrick Lamar and was produced by Cool & Dre, was either put together too fast or not enough effort was put into mastering. It’s sloppy. I mean, I’m not an Engineer, or know much about it. But I do know the track doesn’t sound right in the beginning. And at the end of the track, Lamar goes Acapella and it echoes way too much.
One song that kind of drew my attention was “Ricky”. It was based around the movie Boyz In The Hood. It had that typical drum kit beat he likes to use. The track was produced by DJ Khalil. Another dope track was “Heavy Artillery” which was produced by Street Runner and featured Rick Ross and Beanie Sigel. Kind of a weird collabo, but the beat was exactly what I wasn’t expecting. It was definitely a sample. Game kind of jumped from the first few tracks mainly being that usual “I rep Bloods” type of shit. But then he kind of surprises me and with “Hello” which features Lloyd. Switching up your style of rapping to a simple, bedroom style track is apparently the new black (no racial or pun intended) these days. He actually has a few tracks like this which I actually dig.
I’m not going to feature and review every track because that would ruin it for you as fans. But I’m going to break it down for my final thought(s):
The only thing I find digressing is that Game goes from one topic such as gang banging, paying hommage to Biggie and then dissing Kanye West all in the same track. Dude needs to stick with one topic rather than jumping to the point of the track. This could become a problem for his fans as listeners. I’ve listened to the entire album from track to track and no skipping-in-between. I like the fact that towards the end of the album he switched his style. He gave each different style of listener what they wanted to hear. You have your hardcore rap fans, club banger fans to the ladies who want a good fuck-session track. In return, he gave each one of those if not more than one track to support your style.
I personally believe too much effort went into everything BUT the music. The album feels too rushed and not enough mastering and engineering. I’m actually surprised with half of the artists and producers that the tracks weren’t as hyped up as the album was made out to be. I’m not hating on Game, the producers, artists or album itself. It could have used some more work, but this is just constructive criticism.
Overall, I’ll rate the album a 7.5 on a scale of 10. One last hint, from one of the tracks, Game says he owes Jimmy one more album. Could we see one more album on Interscope? Who knows. What is your overall rating of the album on a scale of 1 to 10?
I do accept constructive criticism. All are welcome.