By Jim Schutze
By Rachel Watts
By Lauren Drewes Daniels
By Anna Merlan
By Lee Escobedo
By Alice Laussade
By Scott Reitz
Rappers and producers who appear on The Game's third album, LAX, include...everybody. There's Kanye West, Scott Storch, Travis Barker, Keisha Cole and Ne-Yo, for starters, and Game says he recorded more than 220 tracks for the CD.
But with the exception of two admittedly lights-out bangers, "My Life" and "Dope Boys," the album is a bloated, sentimental, name-dropping mess. There's unverifiable, probably untrue braggadocio ("House of Pain," "LAX Files"), a tribute to Tupac and Eazy-E ("Never Can Say Goodbye") and yet another song about cash and dough and stacks and stuff ("Money").
Game is a versatile, passionate MC, and we hope he doesn't quit, as he's threatened to do. But LAX is not a cohesive piece of art—and that's a shame, because he's completely capable of making one.
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