Last time on Reviews Through a Friend, I reviewed CyHi the Prynce’s No Dope on Sundays. I said that I was interested in listening to more rap, and sure enough, I was tasked with reviewing another rap album. This time, I’m reviewing The Game’s The Documentary 2. This album was released in 2015, and one week later, The Documentary 2.5 was released. I’m only reviewing the first one (of these two albums).
I wish I could describe it in detail, but I honestly don’t have a whole lot to say. I felt that this album had some nice rapping from The Game. His flow was really nice and complemented the simple beats well. The features, including Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, and Jelly Roll were all nice. However, something about Drake’s performance on “100” was just odd.
For me, the highlight of the album was “Don’t Trip,” with an all-star cast including The Game (obviously), Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, and will.i.am. It had a nice rhythm and a cool beat to go with the great rapping. Some more highlights include the titular track, “On Me,” “Summertime,” “LA,” and “Hashtag.” Will.i.am was good here, even though I’m not the biggest Black Eyed Peas fan. Another aspect that I liked was how every almost track seamlessly led into each other.
However, in my opinion, the album kind of dragged. It seemed like two or three songs could’ve been cut to make it a little shorter. In addition, some of the songs went on for about a minute or two longer than they should’ve. These include “Dollar and a Dream” and “Dedicated.” The songs that started to drag on No Dope on Sundays at least changed the beat to justify the longer length, whereas only a couple tracks on The Documentary 2 did that.
Another issue with this album is that it feels kind of generic. The beats are cool enough, but they’re nothing mind-blowing. The rapping is well-done, but it’s not the best I’ve ever heard. So, because of that, I give The Documentary 2 a 6.5/10. It had some standout tracks, but the album as a whole was just a little too generic for me.
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