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    Yesterday, Complex got a chance to check a rough version of The Game’s upcoming release, The Red Album, that’s slated to drop July 29th. Although he had a variety of producers on The Red Room mixtape that just dropped, as we feared, the album itself is dominated by Pharrell, who’s also executive producing the project. We’d have been all for it if it was Skateboard P bringing that Lord Willin’ murda music—But here it’s more of the underwhelming “Unless You’re The Clipse, Give Me Half Your Budget And I’ll Give You A Throwaway Beat” P of the last few years. At least after a few years of being estranged, Game has reunited with Dr. Dre. It’s also worth noting that the version we heard is missing two tracks: one rumored to feature Lupe Fiasco, and the other supposedly with assists from Jay Electronica and Nas. Get an idea of what The Red Album will sound like with Complex’s track-by-track breakdown.

    "Infared"
    Produced By: Cool & Dre
    Complex says: The Compton rapper’s forays into name-dropping have recently been hit or miss, but over Cool & Dre’s 70s funk-jazz-influenced instrumental, the album’s intro is a major hit. Game drops attention-grabbing lines (“Will I ever go at Nas? Hell nah! / Will I ever go at Jay-Z? I don’t know”) and doesn’t waste a second spewing his fully automatic braggadocio. It’s an instant head-nodding banger for a kickoff.

    "Ricky"
    Produced By DJ Khalil
    Complex says: As the title implies, it’s a reference to Morris Chestnut’s character in John Singleton’s debut film Boyz N The Hood. A saxophone intro trails up to the congo drums in the backdrop, and the track leads off as a cautionary tale about 'hood violence—but quickly veers off into Game sucking himself off about how he remains victorious in front of gun claps. Gunshot sound effects, paired with the chanted shout of “Ricky!” make this one memorable...for its repetitiveness.

    "Good, Bad, Ugly"
    Produced By: Hit Boy
    Complex says: Grimy keys and dark drums play the backdrop for a storytelling joint. The saga begins with the former drug dealer getting ambushed by several hostile guests with heaters, then segues to a scene where two detectives question the injured rapper. The Game skillfully flips the tone of his voice, and weaves an entertaining verse when he refuses to cooperate, instead spinning out a story that's different from what actually went down. Straight gangsta shit.

    "Heavy Artillery" f/ Beanie Sigel and Rick Ross
    Produced By: Street Runner
    Complex says: The three self-claimed gangsters flex gun talk, murder, and their own craziness. Game even compares himself to Marshall Mathers (“Eminem ain’t Dr. Dre’s only sick *****").

    "Diamonds" f/ Robin Thicke
    Produced By: Phonix
    Complex says: The version we heard featured an up-and-coming talent named K-Young, though we were told that the infectious hook would be re-sung by Robin Thicke (for the record, we didn’t mind the version with K-Young on the reference).

    "It Must Be Me" f/ Pharrell
    Produced By: Pharrell
    Complex says: Certified 2002 club banger!!! We had no idea P had a Delorean.

    "Ain’t No Doubt About It" f/ Justin Timberlake
    Produced By: Pharrell
    Complex says: Justified x In My Mind x Game sounding a little uncomfortable with the terrycloth-soft vibe of the track. Nothing much else to say. *shrug*

    "Mother's Womb" f/ Nelly Furtado
    Produced By: Pharrell
    Complex says: The title's kind of gross, right? Doesn't sound so hot, either. Game waxes poetic about all the gangsta shit he's been up to since he's left his mother's womb. What better way to do that than have Nelly Furtado ride shotgun? FOH. Skateboard P brings those Neptunes key patterns that sound like a throwback to his early chart-toppers, which is both a good and bad thing. The mix we heard was rough, but Furtado's vocals sounded good.

    "She'll Look Good To Me"
    Produced By: Pharrell
    Complex says: This one is all about bakin' pies with a college chick. But not for her culinary class. As long as they're of age, we always co-sign corrupting co-eds.

    "When My ***** Come Home" f/ Snoop Dogg
    Produced By: Pharrell
    Complex says: Game heads to the strip club with a close friend fresh out the joint. Pharrell provides the soundtrack for the celebration with a mix of luscious synth waves and deep, hard-hitting drums. Snoop name-drops plenty of fellow Crips, but in that nice and smooth way that doesn't offend middle America to the point that they'll revoke sponsorships.

    "Dead People"
    Produced By: Dr.Dre
    Complex says: Dre laces Game with a beat that sounds like it was left off 50 Cent's The Massacre (in the same vein of "I'm Supposed To Die Tonight"), and Jayceon takes the opportunity to steal 50's style, even sounding like him on the hook (a stashed joint he wrote, maybe?). Granted, he writes from an interesting perspective—at one point he goes into the POV of a bullet like Nas' "I Gave You Power"—but it stills come off as an odd fantasy about murder.

    "It Must Be Tough" f/ Pharrell
    Produced By: Pharrell
    Complex says: Even though this was clearly unmixed and still has some reference vocals on it, it's still one of the clear highlights of the album. Typical baller shit we've heard before, but Pharrell stunts on another level and absolutely dominates on the ad-libs and the hooks. There's synths galore and heavy 808s that build back and forth (from low volume to high), and Game delivers a solid third verse.

    "Roll My Shit" f/ Snoop Dogg
    Produced By: Pharrell
    Complex says: Some real G-shit, straight up and down. Game and Snoop are clearly in their element on this one. Pharrell brings his best Dr. Dre impression by using light, wavy synths reminiscent of The Chronic.

    "Lost Ones" f/ K-young
    Produced By: Cool & Dre
    Complex says: Bonus cut that focuses on really dark themes of death and the molestation of his sister by his father. Fooled you, right? You thought it was some diss to Jigga, right?
    Source: http://www.complex.com/blogs/2010/05...e-r-e-d-album/
    PSN: ALooseScrew

  • #2
    thanks for posting! but 1 dre track and that many pharell, hell no!!
    ILLNATURE AND YACINE FOR MODS BITCHES!!!!
    FUCK THE CURRENT SYSTEM!

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    • #3
      Complex is bullshit..is this a joke?
      > Invasion Productions <

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      • #4
        lmao! is that really the cover he's gonna go with?
        niqqa you live in L.A and the winter is over wtf...
        Que Sera Sera

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        • #5
          albums sounds good, but I expected more then 1 dre track

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          • #6
            Sounds better than I thought, I was expecting no Dre tracks. Still going to be his weakest album. Good, Bad, Ugly is a track I'm looking forward to though.

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            • #7
              probably just download the one dre track tbh.

              it's a shame because I own all Game albums.
              I ain't a desperado I'm desperate to hit the lotto and meet a model who can put a smile on my face like Mcdonalds

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              • #8
                not sure about this album. i'm hopeful though.
                D-WADED-WADED-WADE

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                • #9
                  so only one track I'm lookin forward to..
                  CeroY BEATS
                  http://www.myspace.com/ceroybeats
                  http://www.soundclick.com/ceroybeats

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                  • #10
                    Why so much fuckin Pharrell?

                    Album's sounding weak apart from the opening few and the Dre track, hope he can surprise us and put something half decent out.
                    I'm sick of working dead end jobs with lame pay
                    And I'm tired of being hired and fired the same day

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                    • #11
                      where the fuck is JR Rotem and cool and dre !!! wow game ur killing me bud, ive been looking forward to this album for over a year and its all fucking ruined now because of phagrell

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                      • #12
                        There's no dr dre, only Cool & Dre
                        > Invasion Productions <

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                        • #13
                          this albums gonna be god awful.
                          All this talk of blood and slaying has put me off my tea.

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                          • #14
                            ^ cuz u heard it?

                            why are u in every Game thread saying the same thing? u wanna convince people or something?

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                            • #15
                              same reason you're trying to defend it every chance u get, like you said no1s heard it yet so chill
                              PSN: ALooseScrew

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