Now you all know I wasn’t going to give you that bomb ass review of Documentary 2 without reviewing the second half of the double album right?
Just so ya’ll know, I’m that girl that would fall in love with an album and literally play it over and over for like a month and change before I’m open to even listening to anything else. So the fact that The Game was dropping the second half of his double album exactly one week after the first had me going through an internal conflict. It’s like part of me couldn’t even fathom the thought of breaking my lifetime routine while the other half was thinking it wouldn’t hurt because it technically is one album; it’s just divided into two. Secondly, I do not like to have expectations for anyone or anything. I think it’s simply a set up for disappointment…BUT that album was SO DAMN GOOD, I mean so good I caught myself having expectations anyway.Well, I’m not quite sure expectations is the right word to use, but I questioned if the second disc would be able to measure up to the first. I was so impressed by the Documentary 2 that I didn’t want anything to bring down my high. Then again, I wasn’t about to be the only one to miss out on what I believe has the potential to be one of the best albums of the year.
Yes, I was reluctant to listen to the album but if anyone knows how prideful I am about being from Brooklyn, they know I get hype off of any and every positive shout out of my home state. Needless to say, when I realized the name of the first track was New York Skit, I felt like it was fate. Documentary 2.5 had my undivided attention!
If you read my review of Documentary 2, you’d probably recall my thoughts on skits being either a hit or miss. What I failed to mention is that most times when a skit is at the beginning of the album, its purpose is to set the tone. In New York Skit, The Game is heard talking to radio personality, Sway, about the incident that ended his friendship with 50. I immediately thought this album would have an informative tone. After all, that’s Sway’s job. You see, he doesn’t have the answers so he has to get them…Duh (yes I tried it)! My prediction of an educational tone made sense as it brought my mind back to an IG post where he explained that the CDs were in the form of a blue and red bandana to bring awareness to the Bloods and Crips epidemic as well as the 100 Days and 100 Nights in his city of Compton, California. For those of you don’t know, this is a bet between the Crips and Bloods where each gang attempts to be the first to kill 100 people in 100 days. Keeping this concept in mind, of the two discs, Documentary 2.5 is definitely the album that further elaborates on the causes and effects of said activity.
In the song Gang Bang Anyway featuring Jay Rock and Schoolboy Q, the Game explains the origin of gangs and the reason for its continuation. He teams up with Anderson .Paak in Magnus Carlsen to speak on the current state of the world, bringing light to lives lost due to gang violence. In Ghetto he works with Nas to reflect on broader issues faced including that of police injustice, which is also mentioned in Moment of Silence featuring Jon Connor, JT, and King Mez and Outside with E-40, Lil Eazy E and Marcus Black. Lost lives are reflected upon with Asia in Gang Related, while in his collaboration with Lil Wayne From Adam he contemplates leaving the gang lifestyle together.
While the songs don’t transition as smoothly as they did in disc 1, production and collaboration is still on point. There is a definitely a story that is being told in this album. The Game mimics the likes of NWA’s “Fuck the Police” and Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power” as he uses conscious rap to provide us with insight on the lives of those who grow up in gang ridden, poverty stricken neighborhoods The hood is a microcosm of the issues faced all over the world so as The Game says, “Before you look outside, you gotta fix within.”
Did disc 2 measure up to disc 1? I would definitely say that it did. Disc 1 or Disc 2? I can’t even choose. Why not? Because I mess with BOTH!! This is some of The Game’s best work to date so if this double album is any indication of success, it seems like he’s gonna be good for the next 10 years. #HowDoYouDocumentary2