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Jayceon Taylor, a.k.a. the Game, is a lyrically middling MC cut from a standard West Coast gangsta rap mold deemed irrelevant a good ten years ago. He’s also, caught in the right moments, one of the most engaging MCs alive. And that’s because, like his aesthetic polar opposite Kanye West, his appeal doesn’t lie in a penchant for wordplay but, rather, in his honesty: On record and in person, he’s an endearing tangled mess of playground taunts, blind pride and a rare openness, a scatterbrained angry young man at his greatest when offering his frayed, confused psyche up for dissection.

Most of that time, that psyche is caught up in the rejection served down to him from the hand of his idol and onetime mentor, Dr. Dre, who sided with 50 Cent in a still simmering beef. The title track of 2006’s wholly excellent Doctor’s Advocate -- an album named in honor of Dre that, in a late-stage decision, features none of his production work -- is the Game’s most unraveled moment: His voice cracking, his thoughts addled by copious amounts of Belvedere (mixed with banana Snapple, he helpfully explicates), Taylor unfurls a jumbled tangle of burr-ridden memories and earnest apologies spurred by the fallout with Dr. Dre. It’s the best he’s ever been.

L.A.X., the Game’s third album, once again features no involvement from Dre. But his presence is, of course, felt. On first single “Dope Boys,” a raucous workout made urgent by an underlining ticking metronome beat, Game says: “And tell Dr. Dre to pick up a phone/ before I climb through his window like, Nigga, I’m home.” It comes in between sexual boasts and drug talk, but it’s there, like Game’s version of the fallout from a traumatizing breakup.

Elsewhere on L.A.X., Game has other things to worry about. “My Life,” a free-associative meditation on death, pings around inside Taylor’s skull: Kurt Cobain, John Lennon, Biggie, Jesus, his father’s drug addiction, a loaded Desert Eagle. “Let Us Live” finds him making amends to beef bystanders MOP and Mobb Deep, yearning to wrest the trajectory of his life away from a single-minded focus on anger. They are moments of introspection that shine through the Game’s gruff delivery and gun chatter, relegating those more boilerplate moments -- as fun as they can be (see the Raekwon-assisted “Bulletproof Diaries” or the innocuous Ludacris collabo, “Ya Heard”) -- to a part of the entire schematic.

The album, weighed down by a few awkward romance tracks and a well-meaning but ill-fitting MLK tribute, drags in the second half, and there’s no one moment to parallel the odd ache of “Doctor’s Avocate.” But it’s once again more than the sum of its parts: the bouncy neo G-funk production, the constant invocation of Cali icons like impalas and bloods, the seemingly nonsensical asides. It adds up to the Game, that rare radio MC complete with little oddball proclivities, fears, and joys -- a vulnerable, sometimes clumsy, often boastful, full-fledged human being.

 

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Artist: http://www.comptongame.com

Label: http://www.geffen.com

Audio: http://www.myspace.com/thegame

  • Intro (Feat DMX)
  • LAX Files
  • State of Emergency (Feat. Ice Cube)
  • Bulletproof Diaries (Feat. Raekwon)
  • My Life (Feat. Lil Wayne)
  • Money
  • Cali Sunshine (Feat. Bilal)
  • Ya Heard (Feat. Ludacris)
  • Hard Liquor (Interlude)
  • House Of Pain
  • Gentleman's Affair (Feat. Ne-Yo)
  • Let Us Live (Feat. Chrisette Michelle)
  • Touchdown (Feat. Raheem DaVaughn)
  • Angel (Feat. Common)
  • Never Can Say Goodbye (Feat. Latoya Williams)
  • Dope Boys (Feat. Travis Barker)
  • Game's Pain (Feat. Keyshia Cole)
  • Letter to the King (Feat. Nas)
  • Outro (Feat DMX)

Oh, the drama! In his short career thus far, Jayceon Taylor has proven a swami of media orchestration: introduced as the protégé of a hip-hop legend; gained notoriety for breaking from said legend and beefing with a certified star by album two; pondered retirement while recording and promoting his third album. Which would be unbearable if he didn't continue to improve as an artist. No wonder he's got the kids singing along to his Life and Times. Many of the producers from the preceding album, Doctor's Advocate, like J.R. Rotem, Cool & Dre, Scott Storch, Nottz and Kanye, return to drape Mr. Taylor.

Young Jeezy - The Recession Koushik Out My Window

This Album sucks

Crip - 1960's CUZZ

I agree with pretty much every word of the review, and don't understand the 6.5 rating. I think this album is incredible. I really think The Game is one of the most compelling personalities in hip hop right now, and reminds me of the duality of 2Pac (the arrogance vs the sensitivity) that made him stand out as a human in a genre of characters. Though this album is a bit much to take in at first (meaning its breadth) I think tracks like "My Life" are among some of the most captivating (the image of Lennon at gunpoint being asked why he broke up the Beatles as metaphor for all the stupid G-Unit beef???) songs he's ever written. And the album as a whole makes me hope that there's absolutely no truth in his retirement from the mic.

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right on the money with the score

http://jaydonscave.blogspot.com/2008/08/game-lax-review.html

Jon

The Game s da best L.A.X rocks GAme is da new 2PAC nt da new DRE

Khethah

game new lax album is trash he sucks now

compton g

" '>the game is a ****** he sucks major ass

" '><i>hey</i>

thats right game. keep it up homeboy. LAX.

LIFER

This is one of his best albums yet. Keep it up Game. I love you!!

lala

tttyyyyeaaaahhhhh!! da game!! i got an autograff tttyyyeeeahhh!! its gametime 1s agen. da game is da real deal, hes da new spokesman for da hip hop nation. hes got not onli style but heart n soul, fuk 50CENT DAT FAGGET!haha rip to 50 hes finished hes exposed da games here to save hip hop ttttyyyyyeeeahhhhhh!!

akamali

9.4

doc hoiladay

a akamali get off the games dick already.....hes album sucks theres only a couple of good songs....GGGGG-UNIT
I BET U SUCKED HES DICK FOR THAT AUTOGRAPH....A AND TELL YOUNG BUCK TO CRY ME A RIVER....LAME ASS FOO U HAD IT ALL IN G-UNIT!!!!!!

KAMA

BRILLIANT ALBUM west coast back on the map. game has earned his dues and his status at the top of the rap game much respect !

MACK

stop hatin on GAME he sux now that he aint kissin 50's azz??? He better than ever dog and HIS ALBUM SALES vs G-UNIT COMBINED show u who better. and YOUNG BUCK made the best career move EVER leavin them BUMS. He will definitely sell more albums now that 50 and sayin " get em buck" and "g-g-g-g-unit" every F***** 2 seconds lmao. Game L.A.X. sold 579,000 the 1st week. You do the Math u unintelligent RAP HATAZ. Game is definitely baCK wit a BANG. SOOOWHOOP my nigga GAME> E/S MOB 1800 bloCK BOMPTON, Ca (NO c's)

COMPTON KING

LAX sold 130000 on itunes the morning of the release date.. check wikipedia out. dat nigga fuccked up t.o.s.(p.o.s - peace of shiit)

UzZy

This Cd has some mad beats it's badass

B

72nd kc..lax rox

white boii uh blood

YOO F**K ALL U GAME HATERZ OUT THERE LIKE EVERY BODY FIRST ALBUM IN G-UNIT WAS HOT WHEN THE GAME LEFT G-UNIT GOT ASS LIKE..., LLOYD BANKS SECOND ALBUM WAS F**ING HORRIBLE LIKE YOUNG BUCK SECOND ALBUM WAS HORRIBLE LIKE AND TONY YAYO ALBUMS WILL ALWAYZ SUCK LIKE HE'S ASS.. BUT YO DOCTORS ADVOCATE WAS BETTER THAN 50 CENT SECOND ALBUM AND L.A.X. IS BETTER THAN CURTIS LIKE ..... THE GAME IS RUNNING THIS RAP S**T YO FOR REAL LIKE YOUNG BUCK DID THE RIGHT THING AND HE WAS IN MY LIFE VIDEO WHEN GAME WAS GOIN IN THE STORE... LOL CHECK IT OUT GAME FANS GGGGGGG-UNOT

YOUNG GAME

good thing game left gay unit...nice album

gunit is gay

The game is the illest no matter what!!!!!!!!!!!!HATERS!!!!!!!!

MC d-9

THE GAME IZ THEE HOTTEST EVA. L.A.X 4ME IS WICKED....KEEP RAPPING YOUR S#IT MAN.love from irish eyes xxxxxxxxxx

shae-erin

i fucing like the game he is og fuc 50 cent and g unit
its g unot ya dig

dj

bigg up to the Game, i salute you dawg, and to Kama f*** you, Young Buck aint done yet mother******. I respect him for what he has done both, him and the Game. Now lets see what G Unit will be like without the Game and Young Buck.
Yo Game you were right dawg, its definately gonna be G UNOT this time dawg

Siya Jwara

the game i swear on my life n my death that u r the best rapper of all times .ur lyrics so good causing atomique bombs in the ear of ur enemies .i would continue to love till infinity,cos i want to b like u .if only i can see u we would b more than iron rode that cannot be putting assender.fxxk all that hates u ,fxxk them n fxxk their muderfucxxking mama's. SAY'S ME LIL game

lil game

yo big up ma man game ur big here in the UK keep reppin, braap braap!!

O to da Zee

L.A.X album is quality and game is undisputedly one of the best today,but his first album, was the best

big upto game

check that link below

http://raptalk.net/website/content/view/1379/56/

Jay Tose

RESPECT..........the best album ever!!! Keep up...

stuntermkd

yo game is da hottez nigga in the game fu**50 cent gggg-unot!!!!!!!!!! its all bout that PIRU LOVE

YOUNG stunta

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