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Hard work pays off
on August 24, 2011
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.