Game Shakes It Up, Promises The Documentary 2, With Dr. Dre & Just Blaze
On January 18, 2005, Compton rapper Game made arguably one of the finest debut albums in Hip-Hop history with The Documentary. Eventually reaching multi-platinum status in the United States, the LP was a critical moment for West Coast Hip-Hop, which had not seen a breakout star commercially since the decline of Death Row Records in the late ’90s. Additionally, Game proved to be another star protege for Dr. Dre, now returning to a California artist with a defiantly West Coast sound. Outside of the G-Unit group, the release was a feather in the cap of 50 Cent, who co-released and executive produced the album with Dre for the Aftermath/G-Unit merged release at Interscope Records.
In addition to a raspy delivery, Hip-Hop-centric rhymes, and authentic street imagery, Game thrived from an all-star cast of producers including Dre, Timbaland, Just Blaze, Scott Storch, Havoc, Buckwild, Hi-Tek, Cool & Dre, among others. G-Unit members (which Game was among at the time) were prominently featured in addition to Aftermath label-mates Busta Rhymes and Eminem. Other disciples of the ’90s sound that influenced Game so deeply appeared, including Nate Dogg, Mary J. Blige, and Faith Evans.
In the controversial years that have followed, Game has remained a star. However, many Heads could argue that the buzz and public events often eclipse the music. While 2006’s The Doctor’s Advocate and 2008’s L.A.X. both garnered the Compton MC plaques, but failed to match the acclaim and luster of the debut.
Well, now under Cash Money-Young Money, Game allegedly is out to take the Raekwon route. The Black Wall Street CEO, less than a day after releasing the jaw-dropping diatribe known as “Bigger Than Me,” says he’s got a Documentary 2 in the works. What’s more, Dr. Dre (who has a lil’ bit of sequel experience, having worked on Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…Pt. II, Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2, and Warren G’s The Return Of The Regulator) is signed on. According to a post at 2DopeBoyz.com referencing a Power 106 (Los Angeles) interview, so are Scott Storch (the former Roots-member who worked under Dre in the late ’90s, early 2000s), and Just Blaze.
Game, who has had a timultuous relationship with Dre, has previously promised the involvement of his mentor without delivering (such was the case regarding The Doctor’s Advocate). Do you believe this will happen? Can it bring Game’s bars back to the focal point of one of the more successful and enduring careers through the digital rise and Rap’s subsequent sales slump?
As far as when, you guessed it, the decade-mark: 2015.