Before I Self Destruct vs. The R.E.D. Album

bisdredBefore I Self Destruct vs. The R.E.D. Album

Release Date: “Before I Self Destruct” – November 9, 2009 | “The R.E.D. Album” – August 19, 2011

Ural: To date, The R.E.D. Album may be my favorite album from The Game. It felt like a new start creatively and professionally for him. First, his newest reestablished relationship with Dr. Dre allowed him to have him serve as narrator throughout the entire project. The Great Doctor’s influence is present on each of the album’s 21 tracks. The Game’s narrative ability went into overload this time around. “California Dream” probably serves as the best first-hand account of his career. Lyrically, he transcended thanks to tracks like “Born In The Trap.” Then The R.E.D. Album also features his most diverse guest feature roster to date. For Christ sakes, everyone from Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Nelly Furtado, Wale, Rick Ross, Big Boi, E-40 and even Beanie Sigel are represented. Before I Self Destruct didn’t have any of the past issues The Massacre and Curtis endured. 50 kept the feature list incredibly short with just Eminem, Ne-Yo, and R.Kelly. Though more focused more on the streets, he started to sound a little too formulaic which hampered the project. Even the Jay and Game diss “So Disrespectful” was a poor use of the same Tha Bizness production that Killer Mike and Ice Cube better utilized on I Pledge Allegiance to the Grind II track “Pressure.”       

Winner: The R.E.D. Album

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