Before he started name dropping practically everyone in the industry, before he damn near lost his mind and proclaimed himself one of the top 5 best rappers of all time (“Reaching for Cybertron”, word to James), and before the whole G-UNOT movement because of his feud with 50 Cent, The Game ACTUALLY made some great music. This album was something of a revival for hip hop in the west coast, which had somewhat been in a decline for a long period of time. Snoop had already surpassed his prime years and was drifting towards mainstream, and Ice Cube was making movies getting that Hollywood money (not saying Snoop wasn’t either, but still). The Game was in Waist Deep,(ZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzZ Z Z Z Z Z ZZZZZZZZZ) but a year after this came out.
There was solid production on this album provided by the likes of Timbaland, Kanye West, Scott Storch, Cool & Dre, and even Hi-Tek. This is easily one of the best albums to come out in the 2000s, and he really brought the focus back to the west coast, where a bunch of independent acts have sprung out and caught the eyes & ears of the music world. Enjoy this album, because it really is a classic. Given all of the singles that were on this album? Ya, you have to give it that title.