THE LEGEND WHO HOLDS HIMSELF HOSTAGE
Aside from the utterly disappointing “Best Head Ever,” Jayceon “The Game” Taylor is out for blood, hence the theme of “wolf,” with his sixth solo album Blood Moon: Year of the Wolf.
The Game has always been a great rapper who’s capable of alot; he’s proven himself time and time again. So why does he continue to water down his talents with an excessive amount of frustrating name dropping and an abundance of features?
Blood Moon is dubbed a compilation album, and Game has brought almost every trap rapper to accompany him with a mediocre verse. Some work really well like “Really,” featuring Yo Gotti, 2 Chainz, Soulja Boy, and T.I., and “Black on Black,” featuring Young Jeezy and Kevin Gates, some of the album’s standout tracks. And then there are those that fall mostly in the rushed second half of the album, that are stripper driven and generically mainstream. “Take That,” featuring Tyga and Pharaoh and “Or Nah” featuring Too $hort, Problem, and AV, are among the ones lacking substance. Both are horrible songs. But newcomer DUBB, with three features, is the standout star (specifically on “Food For My Stomach”) every time he appears on a track.
What’s interesting is the sense of competition that is felt when there’s a feature. These are the times that The Game is strong and dropping bars that will “get him a new Rover,” with hard opening track “Bigger Than Me,” one of three solo songs that sets up a very promising listen. It’s apparent that he has worked on his delivery and developed it into a gritty character who has adopted a lot of styles. He’s hungry, aggressive, demanding, and has a confidence in his verses that we haven’t heard in a while.
“F.U.N.” sounds like it came hot off the press from The Chronic, and surprisingly it wasn’t even produced by Dr. Dre. As a matter of fact, there aren’t any big producers on this project besides Boi-1da, who produced “Married To The Game,” yet the beats on this project flourish; they’re damn near amazing.
When The Game lets his “G in the unit” persona settle down, you get personable songs like “The Purge” that are extremely necessary and well thought out. They showcase his innovative qualities and wordplay, and personal memoirs like title track “Bloody Moon” that examines the relevance of pain.
Three single songs doesn’t exactly qualify as a The Game album, and although all three are epically crucial, it isn’t enough. Lyrically rapping better than ever, there is still a disconnect. Redundancy is something that continues to stunt the potential of another “classic” like his beloved The Documentary. He yearns for artistic respect and wants to be mentioned with the Jay-Z’s, Eminem’s, and Nas’ of the hip-hop world, but first he needs to figure out what it is that he actually wants to do: be a thug or be a legend?
Did The Game sign to Young Money? Do you think the release of ‘The Documentary 2’ will revive his fire? Are you going to leave a comment below, or nah?
*This review of Blood Moon: Year of the Wolf is based on the 16-track Deluxe Edition.
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