L.A.X. - The Game
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  • Summary: The third album for the rapper from California features guest artists such as Common, Ice Cube, Lil Wayne, Ludacris, Nas, Ne-Yo, and Travis Barker.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. 90
    The Game pairs that unabashed love with swirling ideas and concepts that elevate the record to an easy contender for album of the year.
  2. L.A.X. might not hit the heights of its two predecessors, but it is one of the more complete and satisfying major label rap releases of the year.
  3. While the 19-track disc could use a good trimming, The Game's routine is just as entertaining the third time around.
  4. That inferiority complex and desperate need for approval keeps L.A.X. surprisingly entertaining even though there are far more weak tracks on it than good ones.
  5. At 19 tracks, LAX is bloated and uneven, more often than not marked by weak beats and uninspired appearances. The Game’s skill and wit alone save this from being a complete disaster.
  6. Problem is, much of this record is just Game keeping up with the Joneses: everything you'd expect from a 2008 rap album is here (Lil' Wayne guest spot; boring, '80s-styled Kanye track), and the stuff that makes him unique seems harder than ever to get at.
  7. LAX spins beautifully at first, but, like a '64 Chevy with chrome rims that hasn't paid a visit to the mechanic in 20 years, it doesn't take long before the wheels come off entirely.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. LukeB.
    Aug 27, 2008
    10
    Album Is Straight Classic - and the defining track is "angel" ft common, which will go down on history.
  2. PaulH.
    Aug 26, 2008
    10
    Classic album, one of the best gangsta rap albums ever made. You get that Cali feeling and so much more.
  3. GusN.
    Aug 27, 2008
    9
    Near classic album. The only thing that keeps it from being a 10 is at times excessive namedropping
  4. Juan
    Aug 26, 2008
    9
    The West coast is back. State of Emergency is dropping the Cali Tracks. LAX Files keeps Games style on the front. This album be hot son.
  5. ImrazK.
    Aug 27, 2008
    9
    For the fans of west coast rap, lyricism and not selling out to be commercial this man is undeniable
  6. Feb 4, 2012
    9
    Great album and guests. who knew Nas & Common would be on the album. This album is worth listening to and buying. Game keep making moreGreat album and guests. who knew Nas & Common would be on the album. This album is worth listening to and buying. Game keep making more classics and bring back the West coast (Im from the east coast) Expand
  7. PatrickC.
    Aug 27, 2008
    2
    I give him 2 for spelling his name correctly. Honestly: this must be some kind of record for name-dropping. This is among the least relevant I give him 2 for spelling his name correctly. Honestly: this must be some kind of record for name-dropping. This is among the least relevant and most derivative of any album this year, regardless of genre. GAME OVER. Expand

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