The Game returns with his third and supposedly last CD LAX. Keisha Cole is featured on the lead off track ‘Game’s Pain.’ Other guests include Ice Cube, Raekwon, Ludacris, Bilal and Raheem DeVaughn, appearing on “State of Emergency,” “Bulletproof Diaries,” “Cali Sunshine” and “Touchdown,” respectively. Cool & Dre, Irv Gotti, Nottz, J.R. Rotem, Scott Storch, DJ Toomp, Hi-Tek and Kanye West lend their production efforts to the album.
“LAX” – This is straight out of the L.A. gangsta era where N.W.A. ruled the hip-hop world. Everything goes good except The Game’s constant need to throw in every name of every person he knows or idolizes.
“State of Emergency” – A soundtrack straight out of the west coast with Ice Cube kicking out the chorus. Cube sounds better here than on his own recent solo release.
“My Life” – Lil’ Wayne brings the hook while The Game rips the rhymes.
“Bulletproof Diaries” – Raekwon does nothing to help this track along.
“Money” – Any song using a sample of Donna Summer’s “She Works Hard For Her Money” needs to get cut.
“Cali Sunshine” – This Cali sunshine got hit by stormy weather.
“House of Pain” – Another track that should have found its way into the recycling bin. Better yet try this: shift-delete.
“Gentleman’s Affair” – The Game has to prove something huh? Yes, he’s cool and every girl wants him. That might change after they hear this track.
The Game starts strong on “LAX” too bad once the interlude hits everything starts to slide downhill. Ten tracks and The Game might have been pushing a great album, but this is about eleven tracks too long.