This day in Hip Hop: The Game Releases “The Documentary”

It was 11 years ago to this day that The Game released this much-anticipated album. He signed on to Aftermath, Dr. Dre’s label. After Dre paving the way for talent like Snoop and Eminem, The Game had a lot of expectations to live up to.

The Documentary was a joint venture between Dr. Dre and 50 Cent. Dre executive-produced the album, while 50 incorporated The Game into G-Unit. In 2004, Game guest-appeared in a lot of G-Unit mixtapes, appeared in music videos, and appeared in this Boost Mobile commercial. The hype was definitely real.

The Documentary included the Kanye-produced “Dreams”, “Hate It Or Love It”, and “How We Do” which featured 50 Cent. Things kind of went downhill, midway into 2005. It started with the falling out with 50 Cent, as he was beefing with him. He broke away from the group, and did his thing. He released LAX, Jesus Piece, Documentary 2, and Documentary 2.5 but I never heard any breakout hits from these albums. The last hit I heard from him was “One Blood” from his ’06 Doctor’s Advocate album.

So I gotta ask, did The Game ever live up to the hype that was given to him 11 years ago? Would you put him on the Mt. Rushmore of west coast rappers? They said he was going to bring west coast back. I think Kendrick Lamar beat him to the punch. What do you think?

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