January 18, 2015 marked the 10 year anniversary of The Game’s “The Documentary” album. This audio dope was produced by several great beat makers such as Dr. Dre, Kanye West, Just Blaze, Buckwild, and Timberland. The album had several guest appearances including Eminem, 50 cent, Nate Dogg (RIP), Busta Rhymes, and Mary J. Blige just to name a few.
The album at the time sold nearly 600,000 units the first week and later ended up selling over 5 million copies worldwide. This album, at the time, put The Game as the face of West Coast hip-hop and crowned him the King of California. Honestly the only reason why this album made commercial success because of those main two dope single “How We Do” and “Hate or Love It”. “Hate or Love It” is a classic which put The Game in the Grammy conversation and the song was nominated for best rap song and performance by duo or group for that song. “Dreams” which was produced by Kanye West is arguably the best song on the album due to the dope sample beat and real conscious hardcore lyrics displayed by Chuck Taylor. The darkest moments of the album in my opinion made the album is certified banger. “Start from Scratch” featuring Marsha Ambrosius (who was signed to Aftermath at the time) is the most played song on the album and I will say this my favorite joint due to dark sounds of Dr. Dre and Scott Storch with The Game revealing his confessions of fire. “Runnin” is another all time favorite on this album. The song is produced by Hi-Tek which is known at the time for being sample heavy producer took this song to another level with this dark beat.
10 years later I’m say that this The Documentary is still a classic. The Game received a good amount of assistance in promotional push for his debut album with all those super producers and features. He also proved many wrong on his 2nd album “Doctors Advocate” by recording album without big name producers and heavy features and still putting a major dent in sales. After listening to this album in 2015, the album is still great because it is relevant 10 years later and that is saying a lot these days considering what’s being put on high pedestals in the hip hop world. The question for our followers is: Is “The Documentary” better than “Good Kid M.A.D. City”? We will save that post later! Happy Birthday to The Documentary