RATING: 9/10

LABEL: Geffen Records

HIGHLIGHTS: My Life, State of Emergency, Dope Boys

BACKROUND:

LAX is The Game’s third studio album. It was released on August 26, 2008. It hit #2 on Billboard 200. The album sold 970,000 copies in September 2011. The album features Ice Cube, Raekwon, Lil Wayne, Bilal, Ludacris, Ne-Yo, Chrisette Michele, Raheem DeVaughn, Common, Latoya Williams, Travis Barker, Keyshia Cole and Nas with DMX performing the intro and outro. Produced by Pope, J.R. Rotem, Jelly Roll, Cool & Dre, Nottz, DY Toomp, Storch, 1500 or Nothin, Kanye West, DJ Quik, Knobody, Darien, and Hi-Tek.

OVERVIEW:

DMX brings a strong prayer.

The Game spills his heart and pretty much says the life he made look easy is rough and emotionless.

There’s a state of emergency. California is a warzone.

Game comes hard. He’s bulletproof.

An individual can go through heart breaks, losses, poverty, etc. But the individual has to keep grinding. Or fall victim his/her self.

Game’s making money.

Gotta love that California sunshine.

I know ya heard the word. Can’t touch Game.

Welcome to Game’s house of pain a.k.a. Compton.

Game get’s a little sensual with the ladies.

Just let Game live.

Game gets sensual again. Spraying whip cream on a hoe’s chest and shit.

Then Common and Game try to open their wings chasing an angel.

You can never say goodbye to the deceased.

The dopeboys are the building. Dre better open the door.

You don’t know Game’s pain.

Game ends it with a letter to King and DMX gives a prayer.

This album is great.

Production is on point. From the rock infused west coast production to the more traditional 00 production. It’s diverse yet holds together pretty well.

Game goes on a more emotional and soulful tip than previous albums.

He talks about his life and his struggles most the time.

One bad thing I can say about it is, it’s too long and a few tracks like Gentleman’s Affair and Touchdown I don’t feel fit in with the rest of the album.

Maybe if Game shortened in to maybe 12 tracks with struggle and gritty songs it would make more impact.

But it’s great regardless.

Personally one of my favorite albums of all time.

Game dropped gems and really opened up.

QUESTION: Do you agree the album is too long?
What album should I review next?

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