On October 9th and 16th, The Game dropped his latest release on a double-disc set: The Documentary 2 and The Documentary 2.5 respectively via Blood Money Entertainment and eOne Music. Each disc was absolutely successful, containing powerful lyrics and nasty beats.

The Documentary 2 was The Game’s sixth studio album and is the sequel to the original debut album The Documentary. It features an array of guest artists from Drake, Future, Kendrick Lamar to Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, and Q-Tip among a list of others. The Documentary 2 took the number one spot on Billboard’s Top Rap Albums shortly after its release. One of my favorite songs from the album is “100” which features Drake. The beat is mesmerizing, and the lyrics founded in realism and conscious truth. Drake spits verses like, “I would have so many friends if I held back the truth and I just gave our compliments” with The Game complimenting further along the track with lines like, “Make a real nigga wanna give his life to God like, ‘Here it go’, Screamin’ Frog name at the clouds, they don’t hear me though”. It was great to hear Drake spit some real bars after What A Time To Be Alive. The Game features samples throughout the rest of the album that contain old school beats, yet he continues his contemporary lyricism.

Documentary 2.5

The Documentary 2.5 was the second disc to be released on the album. Artists like Ty Dolla $ign, YG, Nas, and plenty of other big names were represented on the tracks. My favorite song off this disc was “The Ghetto”. It features Nas and will.i.am. adding their own interesting spins to the song. Nas kills it on the track with his lyrical relevance, and will.i.am does a fantastic job of transitioning between verses. One of the verses from The Game stuck out to me on this track because of its poignant relevance, “Cops killing niggas dead in the streets so before we look outside, we gotta look within”. I’ll leave it at that.

Both discs feature a lot of big names, but The Game reigns supreme on both. He takes a fierce jab at a lot of things that matter in the world right now: poverty, violence, and racism. He sticks to the original gangster hip-hop vibe with his beats and keeps it real with his raps. Overall both discs are high quality trasnformative tracks. The Game undoubtedly deserves universal acclaim after these releases.