Doctor's Advocate

  • Record Label: Geffen
  • Release Date: Nov 14, 2006
Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. The Game shows lyrical improvement over his major label debut, and even though some accused him of being a "name dropper" back then and still will today, the references seem more in keeping with his "soldier of the West" philosophy and less like a filler for lack of content.
  2. The New York Times
    90
    Barring some last-minute surprise, he has made the best hip-hop album of the year. [9 Nov 2006]
  3. 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.
  4. For the most part Game sounds desperate, raw, and ravenously hungry.
  5. As rap music, The Doctor’s Advocate is good; as tangled psychodrama, it's better.
  6. Unbelievably, the beats on Doctor's Advocate out-bang those on The Documentary, and the Game breathes compelling detail into the severe persona he established on his debut.
  7. There's no precedent for an album that worships a no-show so hard on one hand, flips the bird to hip-hop protocol with the other, and knowingly refuses to push things forward, even flaunts it.
  8. It doesn't live up to the nihilistic brilliance of The Documentary... But [The Game] doesn't fall flat on his face, either.
  9. In spite of the bloated run time, Advocate is far stronger than it has any right to be.
  10. Ultimately, for all its naked ambition, “Advocate” ends up proving that without the guiding hand of Dre, Game can ... sound like Dre.
  11. An album that will satisfy everyone who enjoyed his debut.
  12. Mojo
    70
    This record easily beats its predecessor. [Feb 2007, p.105]
  13. 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.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 91 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 38
  2. Negative: 3 out of 38
  1. Apr 5, 2016
    9
    Doctor's Advocate was heavily slept on. It's just as good, if not better than The Documentary. The name-dropping is part of why I love thisDoctor's Advocate was heavily slept on. It's just as good, if not better than The Documentary. The name-dropping is part of why I love this album and the "I-don't-give-a-f*ck-what-you-think" attitude helps build on the intensity of his songs. Full Review »
  2. Oct 16, 2015
    10
    Great sequel to his great debut album, even with his recent departure from G-Unit, he shows a lot of lyrical improvement on the album and addsGreat sequel to his great debut album, even with his recent departure from G-Unit, he shows a lot of lyrical improvement on the album and adds even more drama to his songs. Dre isn't behind the beats, but they are still dope as ever with One blood and California vacation as my highlights of the album. Full Review »
  3. Mar 22, 2015
    8
    7.8/10................................................................................................................................................