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Posted by: Dave on September 2, 2008 at 10:18 am

TheGameLAXSound: Despite having no production from Dr. Dre (who produced several tracks on Game’s debut album The Documentary), LAX often sounds like a throwback, West Coast g-funk manifesto straight out of the early and mid ‘90s (hitmaker J.R. Rotem contributes the most beats and A-list producers Kanye West and Scott Storch contribute one track each). Synths, pianos and r&b hooks frequently lay the groundwork for The Game to spit his raspy, pensive rhymes. As always, he frequently shouts out the hip hop and r&b artist that inspired him, and he even collaborates with four legendary MCs (Ice Cube, Nas, Common and Raekwon) – along with two of this decade’s biggest rappers (Ludacris and Lil Wayne).
Heavy Rotation tracks: “Cali Sunshine” featuring Bilal; “Bulletproof Diaries” featuring Raekwon
Medium Rotation tracks: “House of Pain”; “My Life” featuring Lil Wayne; “Game’s Pain” featuring Keyshia Cole; “Let Us Live” featuring Chrisette Michelle; “Touchdown” featuring Raheem DeVaughn
Recommended: The Game says LAX will be his last album. If so, he’s ending on a high note. He’s been one of the most captivating MCs of the decade. But despite having some great hits, his albums have always been inconsistent. This is his most complete and satisfying full length to date.
Grade: B+

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