The Documentary

Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. The most remarkable aspect of the Game is how he can be such a blatant product of gangsta rap (okay, let's say fanboy) and leave a mark so fast.
  2. He's a self-conscious, malicious, nihilistic gangsta rapper with a heart and lyrical content.
  3. The end result is a rich, triumphant sonic tapestry; you can hear every dollar that went into it.
  4. Uncut
    70
    A mostly rich and involving experience. [Apr 2005, p.98]
  5. If you're going to be literal and heartfelt, you'd better have something to say, and that's where the twenty-five-year-old rapper often falls short.
  6. New Musical Express (NME)
    80
    It's The Game's candour that is his unbridled strength. [29 Jan 2005, p.59]
  7. Lots of great rappers draw inspiration from hip-hop classics, but The Game seems to be equally influenced by an almost obsessive-compulsive need to rattle off classic album titles.
  8. Spin
    83
    Almost lives up to the hype. [Mar 2005, p.92]
  9. Entertainment Weekly
    83
    Production biggies have brought some truly tasty heat rockets to the table, nearly rendering Game's well-studied, adaptable flow an afterthought. [28 Jan 2005, p.82]
  10. This album is legitimately well made, and despite his limitations as a rapper, The Game has skill enough to support his charisma.
  11. Blender
    80
    The Documentary is like a hip-hop Jurassic Park: a big-budget homage to a place most of us thought was ancient history. [Apr 2005, p.118]
  12. While some songs don't click ("We Ain't" featuring Eminem), "The Documentary" still shapes up as one of the best rap albums of the year thus far.
  13. The overriding impression is that “The Documentary” could be the biggest fanboy album of all time... and that The Game, as much as he thinks he’s a player, is being played by others far more powerful than himself.
  14. For something so obviously and deeply grounded in marketing, it’s still an outstandingly solid and enjoyable debut.
  15. Los Angeles Times
    75
    This CD is easy to enjoy because it's a triumph of production and persona over performance. [23 Jan 2005]
  16. A rep-building, played-out retread of gangbang reveries set to so-so def beats by this hiphop minute's latest multiplatinum matinee thug-idol for the girls-gone-wild set.
  17. It doesn't even matter much that he's a B minus rhyme spitter, or that he spends way too much studio time name dropping.
  18. This no-talent is masscult rock at its most brazen.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 103 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 42
  2. Negative: 2 out of 42
  1. Feb 4, 2012
    10
    This is a classic album. hip-hop needs people like The Game To revive hip-hop and the westcoast. The Game is on a mission to bring back WestThis is a classic album. hip-hop needs people like The Game To revive hip-hop and the westcoast. The Game is on a mission to bring back West Coast back to fame and he's going to do it if he creates classics like The Documentary & L.A.X. Full Review »
  2. Apr 22, 2015
    10
    Instant classic album, it is extremely well crafted thanks to a spectacular production by 50 cent and Dre and aggressive, sharp and gangsterInstant classic album, it is extremely well crafted thanks to a spectacular production by 50 cent and Dre and aggressive, sharp and gangster rhymes from the Compton native Game. West Coast rap was brought back to life with this album. Full Review »
  3. Mar 22, 2015
    8
    8.0/10................................................................................................................................................