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  • Summary: The rapper's second album is missing contributions from the Dr. Dre / Eminem / 50 Cent clan who helped power 'The Documentary' to success, but it does feature production work by Kanye West, Just Blaze and Swizz Beatz.
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Barring some last-minute surprise, he has made the best hip-hop album of the year. [9 Nov 2006]
  2. If anyone questioned whether or not Jayceon Taylor had what it took to stand on his own post-G-Unit, Game answers all of his critics with a resounding yes on Doctor's Advocate.
  3. As rap music, The Doctor’s Advocate is good; as tangled psychodrama, it's better.
  4. 70
    This record easily beats its predecessor. [Feb 2007, p.105]
  5. There's nothing here as catchy as last year's hit "Hate It or Love It," but there's no shortage of good hooks or vigorous rhythms.
  6. The Game has a lot to prove, but rather than establishing his own style he continues in the west coast tradition, with G-funk's squealing synths and endless references to "the chronic".
  7. Doctor’s Advocate is essentially a long album of just okay rhymes, just okay rapping, and (without the benefit of best-of-year sublimity like Cool & Dre’s “Hate It or Love It” production) a lot of just okay beats.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 35
  2. Negative: 3 out of 35
  1. Feb 2, 2013
    10
    Best album of all time! Straight up. Better than his debut and his other releases, it deserves a better score from the critics but we know its straight fire. #StillPumpingIn2013 Expand
  2. yaboygrillin'
    Nov 23, 2006
    10
    dope album.....
  3. ZooBar
    Dec 26, 2006
    10
    Solid production, even without dre
  4. MASTAMINDE
    Nov 17, 2006
    9
    Whoa, The Game has really impressed me this time around. While I appreciated The Documentary primarily for its incredibly solid production and generally good guest verses The Game himself had rather weak flow. He had virtually the same pace on each song. On the Doctor's Advocate the solid production is back, but the guests are even better. Verses provided by Snoop Dogg, Kanye West, Will.i.am, Kurupt, Nas and Xzibit easily beat anything that could've been provided by 50 Cent, G-Unit, or Eminem. Most importantly though, Games rapping has greatly improved. Lyrically its stronger (though the rampant name dropping is still present) and his flow is smoother and his pacing varied. There are genuine surprising moments like on the song Wouldn't Get Far. Where the Game adapts effortlesslyto any beat provided. All in all a great achievement, the incessant name dropping could be avoided and his rather bloated ego also detract a bit. Nonetheless, easily one of the best rap albums of the year. Expand
  5. aL.cks
    Dec 20, 2006
    9
    You can feel real emotion listening to this album and Game's flow has improved so much. In all, its way better than Jay-Z's KIngdom Come.
  6. AhmedS
    Nov 15, 2006
    8
    A lot of the Tracks have different melodies...however many do stay close to the "west coast" rap formula. By far the two songs i enjoy the most on this album are, "Let's Ride" produced by scott storch, and "Too Much" Ft. Nate Dogg. This album has its chron-licks, picthfork didn't give it an 81for no reason. As for the people say its not as good as "The Documentery" because Dre and 50 didn't help... That is utter BS. The Game has some amazing producers and features that make this album better then the last, however, the fact is that the style varies heavily (due to the fact the game is trying to reach various audiences) this only makes a few songs prominent to each individual...for some tracks are less/more appealing then others. All in all, if you have G-Unot, and love West Coast rap, this is an album for you. Why the 8? Simply because I felt the album/direction of the game was confused. He tried doing to much, and did not restrict the median of his album. Hence some of the songs are a hit and miss with me. Hope this helped. Expand
  7. [Anonymous]
    Dec 15, 2006
    0
    One of the worst rapper of all time!!!! All he raps about is 64 Impalas, Dr.Dre, Compton & NAME DROPS TO F***ING MUCH!!!

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