Doctor's Advocate

Doctor's Advocate

by GameGame


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While his big rival and former employer, 50 Cent, squandered his success by spreading himself too thin with video games, films, and a whole lot of time devoted to the G-Unit empire, the Game spent his time working the streets with beef-minded, sometimes-epic freestyles landing on mixtapes. Every time the G-Unit versus Game beef was just about to be settled, the Game showed up late to sign the treaty, and then, when he was called out on it, he would retaliate as hard as before, bringing everything back to square one. His mentor, Dr. Dre, told him to lie low, but give the Game good advice and he'll do the opposite, as if he were compelled to do so by some unseen force (probably his mile-high ego). As the release date of his heavily anticipated Doctor's Advocate approached, things got weird. Because of the G-Unit contract, nobody was sure if the album would say Aftermath or Insterscope on the back. In the final moments, it was revealed that the cover art shamelessly references his debut, and then -- towering above it all -- there was Dre's absence from the final product, and yet the album's original, Dre-boasting title sticks like a final "screw you"/"bring it on" pointed right at the haters. As all this drama spills into the actual album and feeds the cocksure rapper's craving for chaos, it becomes obvious the "sophomore slump" wasn't enough of a challenge for the Game, and even more obvious that he's following a career path of his own. Just like The Documentary, Doctor's Advocate is obsessed with the West Coast, especially Dre. The Doctor's name is dropped incessantly, to the point it will drive haters and anyone unfamiliar with the Game's history crazy. The ghost of Dre is there in every instantly grabbing club-banger and fierce street track that arcs up to the key title track, where the Game lays it all on the table with an open letter to the producer. He uses words like "family" and "father" to pay tribute to their relationship before Aftermath and Dre associate Busta Rhymes is brought in as a guest just to amp up the desperation question. On paper, Doctor's Advocate sounds like the blueprint for the most desperate follow-up ever, with the Game treating the universe as his fanboy while constantly referencing people who aren't here and an era of which he's not a part, the golden age of the West Coast. On the crip-walkin' "Da S***" there's talk of bringing back Doggystyle and The Chronic; on "California Vacation," with Snoop by his side, he claims to be previewing Dre's so-far unreleased Detox album; and "Compton"'s old-school bounce is firmly 1993 and produced by, who returns to his hood sound after years with the polished Black Eyed Peas. will's transformation back is just one of the magical things that happens around and in spite of the Game's flippant attitude and decidedly one-track mind. Other beat-makers like Kanye West, Just Blaze, Scott Storch, and Swizz Beatz are all on fire, and guests like Tha Dogg Pound, Nas, and Xzibit give their all to an album that doesn't even bother to mention them on the back cover. Course, toying with expectations and respect is the dangerous tightrope the Game walks brilliantly, and while this is nothing new, the fact remains that every track here is as good as or better than those on his debut. There's no precedent for an album that worships a no-show so hard on one hand, flips the bird to hip-hop protocol with the other, and knowingly refuses to push things forward, even flaunts it. What's fascinating is how the Game sets up all these obstacles for himself, just to prove he's unstoppable, and offers a decided placeholder album when most would have gone a different route. The place he's holding is on top, and even without Dre, Doctor's Advocate suggests he shouldn't budge.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/14/2006
Label: Geffen Records
UPC: 0602517122413
catalogNumber: 000793302
Rank: 18645

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Game   Primary Artist
Dion & the Timberlanes   Vocals
Junior Reid   Vocals
Snoop Dogg   Vocals
Jamie Foxx   Vocals
Nas   Vocals
Andrea Martin   Vocals
Shorty   Choir, Chorus
Tha Dogg Pound   Vocals
Nate Dogg   Vocals
Walter Howard   Keyboards
Ervin Pope   Keyboards   Vocals
Kanye West   Vocals
Swizz Beatz   Vocals
Lamar Edwards   Piano,Hammond Organ
J. Smith   Strings,Drums
Tracey Nelson   Vocals,Background Vocals
Aaron Fishbein   Guitar
Marsha Ambrosius   Vocals
Daniel Seeff   Bass,Guitar
Larrance Dopson   Piano,Hammond Organ
Erik "Baby Jesus" Coomes   Bass,Guitar
1500 Choir   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Janeen Jasmine   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Curtis Mayfield   Composer
Zoogz Rift   Composer
Hi-Tek   Producer
Marilyn McLeod   Composer
Pam Sawyer   Composer
Norbert Sloley   Composer
D. Drew   Composer
David Weldon   Composer
D-Roc   Producer
Chris Jackson   Engineer
Andrew Dawson   Engineer
C. Young   Composer
Ervin Pope   Producer   Producer,Engineer
Kanye West   Producer
Oscar Ramirez   Engineer
Anthony Kilhoffer   Engineer
Swizz Beatz   Producer
Jellyroll   Producer
J. Smith   Producer
Dylan Dresdow   Engineer
Ryan West   Engineer
Nathaniel Hale   Composer
Wayne Allison   Engineer
Andrew Van Meter   Producer
Kasseem Dean   Composer
Conrad Golding   Engineer
Asif Ali   Engineer
Nicole Frantz   Creative Assistance
Padraic Kerin   Engineer
Brian Sumner   Engineer
Andy Gwynn   Engineer
Sean Tallman   Engineer
J.R. Rotem   Composer,Producer
Jimmy "Henchmen" Rosemond   Executive Producer
Game   Executive Producer
Mike Chav   Producer,Engineer
Scott Elgin   Engineer
Marc Lee   Engineer
Heinrich Boykins "Heimy"   Groomer
Janeen Jasmine   Composer
Kelly Sheehen   Engineer
Porter   Producer
Scott Storch   Producer,Audio Production

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