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. 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.
  2. Even though "Doctor's Advocate" has its failings, it's a prescription that comes recommended. [18 Nov 2006]
  3. 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.
  4. An album that will satisfy everyone who enjoyed his debut.
  5. It doesn't live up to the nihilistic brilliance of The Documentary... But [The Game] doesn't fall flat on his face, either.
  6. Taylor has vastly improved as an MC since last year's "The Documentary," and though his material is still largely built around hip-hop cliches... he shows flashes of mordant wit that are as sly (and smutty) as they are surprising.
  7. 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.
  8. 70
    This record easily beats its predecessor. [Feb 2007, p.105]
  9. 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.
  10. Jayceon Taylor's eagerness to live down to a cartoon sketch of what a rapper should be is in danger of obscuring his very real talent.
  11. As rap music, The Doctor’s Advocate is good; as tangled psychodrama, it's better.
  12. Ultimately, for all its naked ambition, “Advocate” ends up proving that without the guiding hand of Dre, Game can ... sound like Dre.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Doctor's Advocate isn't the classic that message boards are calling it, but it is a middling yet pleasurable record.
  16. For the most part Game sounds desperate, raw, and ravenously hungry.
  17. In spite of the bloated run time, Advocate is far stronger than it has any right to be.
  18. 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".
  19. Barring some last-minute surprise, he has made the best hip-hop album of the year. [9 Nov 2006]
  20. Doctor's Advocate isn't really all that dire, especially if you can get past the constant--and constantly labored--airing of, shall we say, grievances.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 77 Ratings

User 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 Full Review »
  2. BarryM
    Jul 23, 2007
    9
    People who discredit this album are either G Unit fan boys or POP music critics. Superb beats, mpre detailed rhymes and an over all triumph, only hampered by the weak track "Bang" and still too much name droppimg. Full Review »
  3. zelalemgbr
    Apr 4, 2007
    10
    men it's can't be determine "Dreeeeeeeeeeeeams"