Monthly Archives: November 2006

THE GAME / Doctors Advocate

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The biggest knock against The Game (Jayceon Taylor) is that he name-drops too much. Well, he does. He mentions Dr. Dre about 100 times, and named his album Doctors Advocate despite the fact that Dr. Dre didn’t produce even a single beat on it. The second issue is that his flow actually sounds like Dre, especially on this new album. And well, it does. He name drops and his voice sounds pretty similar to Dr. Dre. The name dropping isn’t all that big of a deal, and while Dre has a good rap voice, he doesn’t use it anymore, so Game might as well. All that bullshit aside, this is a damn fine Hip-Hop record. The production has been taken up a notch since his debut album, and his lyrics while not always deep, are solid. Kanye West, Swizz Beatz, Scott Storch, Will.I.Am and a bunch more all get in on production credits, and the overall vibe is pretty typical West Coast gangsta rap. But if you’re into West Coast gangsta rap, that’s a good thing. And you can’t really talk about West Coast gangsta rap without mentioning Compton, which happens to be the title of one of the best tracks on the album. It starts off with the oh-so-familiar “gangsta boogie” call, and Game rages through his verses at a furious pace. Other highlights are “It’s Okay (One Blood)” and “Da Shit”. Game aims to clear things up a bit at the end of “Da Shit” when he says “Everybody wanna know what the fuck is goin on / Am I singed to Aftermath? Interscope? / What’s up with Geffen? / Imma just say it like this, one day I walked in the muthafuckin house, and all my shit was gone”. I guess that clears it up.

GRADE: B+
BUY: Doctor’s Advocate

FUN FACT: the word nigger/nigga is used 177 times on this album. I counted.

ONE TRICK PONY / Myspace songs

If nothing else, One Trick Pony deserves credit for accurately describing his sound with his band name. It’s a good thing too, because his genre listing of “2-step / Regional Mexican / Psychobilly” couldn’t be farther from the truth. I suppose maybe that was intended to be some kind of a joke, but with musicContinue Reading

KKKramer, and the use of Nigger.

It’s been beaten to death by now, but what the hell, I guess I’ll chime in with my two cents. If you haven’t seen it yet, take a look at Michael Richards as he freaks out and goes on a racist rampage on stage (link here). Surely I am no racist, but I have toContinue Reading

Family Ties

For a while now, my stance on “family” has been that mine starts with me. I found my partner in life, and together we planned to build a new family from the ground up. Obviously, finding out that she was pregnant was a big step toward that plan. Now and again, I second guess myselfContinue Reading

Vespa No More

On Friday morning, I touched my Vespa for the last time and I watched it drive away with its new owner. I’d been thinking about selling it for a few months, but I got more serious about it over the last month or so. At the time that I found the final buyer, I wasn’tContinue Reading