Ranking G-Unit’s Albums From Worst To Best: ‘The Documentary’ Edition
2.The Game-The Documentary
If 50 Cent's debut was a project propelled by a villain's charisma and the gulliest of origin stories, we must admit that Game, in contrast, was just riding the beats. With a soundscape dominated by Dr. Dre, Just Blaze, and Kanye West, The Documentary is a millennial blend of soul meta-samples, synth strings, tenor-sung hooks. This one tape alone hosts many of 2005's most memorable beats; the minimal, addictive synth cadence of "How We Do," the soul hypnosis of "Hate It Or Love It," and the godly stomps of "Higher."
The Documentary was everything a rap album could've been in 2005: a beatmaker dream team, one of the last great D'Angelo choruses, as well as Nate Dogg's last hurrah. (Plus, a Detox teaser). And while Dre receives all due props from Game, "No More Fun and Games" and "Church for Thugs" tally among the best work of Just Blaze's career.
So the story goes: 50 donated a few of The Documentary's biggest hooks and beats previous reserved for The Massacre. "He told VIBE [that] Dre was gon leave me on the shelf; so he gave me all his hits," Game rapped in 2006. "You shoulda kept em for yourself." And yet, Game did every single one of those beats justice. —Justin Charity