Aliya Drake | Staff Writer
The highly anticipated sequel to rapper The Game’s 2005 Grammy nominated album The Documentary,was supposed to release on June 30th but has still yet to drop. Now the album, Documentary 2, is slated to be released August 7. The original Documentary went double platinum and has sold over five million copies worldwide.
With Dr. Dre and 50 Cent as executive producers, the album went number one on the Billboard 200 and was the 10th best selling album of 2005. All of the success from The Game’s first album is giving the Documentary 2 some huge shoes to fill.
Two of The Documentary biggest hits were “How We Do” and “Hate It or Love It”. Both songs feature rapper 50 cent and were produced by Dr. Dre, Cool & Dre, and B.G. Knocc Out. Shortly before the release of the album, The Game entered a huge dispute with G-Unit which resulted in his removal from the group. Rapper 50 Cent said, “Without the support of G-Unit, he would not score a hit if he made a second album.”
This statement was proven untrue when The Game dropped Doctor’s Advocate in 2006 after leaving G-Unit and signing with Geffen Records. This album was not produced by Dr. Dre but it did include some great producers such as Kanye West, Just Blaze, Scott Storch, Hi- Tek, Will.I.Am, and Swizz Beatz.
It sold over 358,000 copies within the first week, 3,000,000 copies worldwide, and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. This is now The Game’s second number one album in a row, proving to 50 Cent that he is a great artist with or without his help.
The first single to drop from The Documentary 2 is “Ambitionz of a Ryda” featuring Dej Loaf. The song touches on The Game’s definition of a girl that will be there for him through thick and thin. This song is unlike most of The Game’s hard hitting singles with heavy lyricism, but it is very similar to the adaptation of Hip-Hop with today’s generation.
Kyndall Brown, a 19 year-old Temple University student and a huge fan of The Game stated, “One of my favorites song on The Documentary is Hate It or Love It. I remember when the album came out. It was one of the most successful albums to come from G-Unit. Now that The Game doesn’t have the backing of a successful group like G-Unit, only time will tell if the demand for this new album will be as high as it was for the original.”
With this upcoming album supposedly releasing 10 years after the double platinum selling album, The Documentary, fans are hoping The Game proves his rap skills are still hard hitting and relevant. As fans wait for the release of The Documentary 2, they should revisit The Documentary for a memory of The Game and the music they are awaiting.