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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Game - The R.E.D Album

It's a double New Music Tuesday day. Why? Well, techno reviews were one ahead - and why not? It's also a color album day, with the Muppet Green and now Game Red. In the rap circles all around the US, this is a pretty highly anticipated record. The Game has been promising another album for about two years - but this thing kept getting delayed and delayed. Ten full times this album was delayed and assigned a new release date. This ended coming out in Interscope, which was a huge shock to me. It was out there that Game and Dr. Dre reconciled, and Game would be back with Aftermath. Dre is on the album, but obviously didn't or couldn't resign Game. Almost every single track was produced by someone different here, which makes for an interesting album, but also a big time mash up of different sounds. And there were a ton of songs that didn't make the cut, and producers that subsequently didn't. Now at first glance, people are going to think R.E.D Album is going to be about the color and the gang reference. But not according to Game. He states it's about: R.E.D. — that's rededicated. Rededicated to hip-hop [...] to my 'hood, Compton. Rededicated to my family, rededicated to everything. I hope that's the case. I've always enjoyed his work. I feel he brings an honest view of the rap game and the industry in general. His second drop, 'Doctor's Advocate' is one of me favorite rap records of all time. I'm not sure this one has that type of hype around it, but it's pretty good. 'Red Nation' featuring Weezy is an A+ type track. The second release 'Pot Of Gold' is a pretty solid follow up single, and the Paramedics features my man Young Jeezy, so it's going to get a notch up for that alone. There are a ton of cameos here too, so many that I'll need to listen to this another 20 times before I can truly digest it. At first glance, it's solid. Maybe not as amazing as previous works, but still well worth a listen.

1. Dr. Dre Intro
2. City, The
3. Drug Test
4. Martians vs Goblins
5. Red Nation
6. Dr. Dre 1
7. Good Girls Go Bad
8. Ricky
9. Good, the Bad, the Ugly, The
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
21. Dr. Dre Outro

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Top 3 Tracks:
1. Red Nation
2. Pot Of Gold
3. Paramedics

3.5 out of 5 stars

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