Late August saw the release of the rapper Game‘s fourth studio album The R.E.D. Album.

This is a mega-album with features from many of the biggest in the game (no pun intended). In production for many years, Game attributed the delay of the album’s release to his desire to spend more time with his family. Fortunately, The R.E.D. Album was worth the wait.

With great production handled by GamePharrellDr. Dre, and Mars, this album has a gritty theme that Game has often favored.

Read ahead for an overview of the album and what you should expect from each song.

1. “Dr. Dre Intro” Performed by Dr. Dre

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Dr. Dre talks about where and when Game was born on this track. A funny intro from a true gangster vouching for the street cred of another.

2. “The City” Feat. Kendrick Lamar

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This song has a real funky beat; it’s a techno song mixed with gospel-like singing. Combine this production with Game‘s hardcore rapping style, and you have a pretty cool track. 

Kendrick Lamar comes in with a verse that he raps very fast; the back-and-forth between Game and Lamar is outstanding.

3. “Drug Test” Feat. Dr. DreSnoop Dogg, and Sly

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This song’s production is a miss, in my opinion. At times it’s too loud to hear the rapping clearly and I am not a fan of  Sly, in this song; this is one Nate Dogg could have really killed.

On a positive note, Snoop Dogg‘s verse is refreshing for those of us who were starting to think the auto-tuned, party song Snoop was here to stay. He proved that he can still rap with this one.

4.”Martians Vs. Goblins” Feat. Lil Wayne & Tyler the Creator

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Game comes in for some pretty sick verses on this track; Wayne does the hook to perfection; Tyler comes in with a unique verse of his own. Put all this together with a gritty and intense beat and you have a real banger. The title originates from Wayne calling himself a Martian, and Tyler’s album, Goblin.

5. “Red Nation” Feat. Lil Wayne

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The popular techno song “Zombie Nation” is sampled in this track, which mixes perfectly in this track. The rapping of Game is strong on this one and Wayne‘s verse isn’t too bad considering it’s Lil Wayne.

6. “Dr. Dre Pt. 1” Performed by Dr. Dre

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Dr. Dre narrates more of Game‘s life in this song, explaining that his parents used to hustle drugs, and that Game did their drugs as a young child.

7. “Good Girls Gone Bad” Feat. Drake

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This is a positive song from Game about how women should be treated better. He goes hard on this one; Drake does his usual thing, a mixture of rapping and singing to the ladies.

8. “Ricky

Game goes in depth on his relationship with Dr. Dre and Interscope on this track. Sampling parts from the movie Boyz N’ Tha Hood, he relates it to his gangster life.

9. “The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

This is a story of how Game responds to certain situations. A twilight-like production with Game rapping great as usual. A solid but short track.

10. “Heavy Artillery” Feat. Rick Ross & Beanie Sigel

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Not a big fan of Rick Ross, who takes the first verse; afterward, Game picks it up and saves the track. For those who don’t know who Beanie Sigel  is—his rapping sounds a lot like Ice Cube, which goes well with this track.

11. “Paramedics” Feat. Young Jeezy

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I really like the beat on the song, it’s fast and sounds like a beating heart. Young Jeezy brings some good energy to the song, rapping much faster than usual. This song definitely has faster energy than the rest.

12. “Speakers On Blast” Feat. Big Boi & E-40

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Switching up his normal flow, Game sounds more like Andre 3000 on this track. This is fitting considering he is rapping with OutKast member Big Boi. The song sounds really good, especially when E-40 brings in his special flow.

13. “Hello” Feat. Lloyd

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I don’t really like Lloyd’s singing on this one—the song is a little too slow for me, with Game rapping at the same speed throughout.

14. “All The Way Gone” Feat. Mario Wale

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This track feels like a copy of “Hello” to me, with Mario doing the singing instead of LloydWale and Game are still rapping too slow for my taste, but decide for yourself what you think.

15. “Pot Of Gold” Feat. Chris Brown

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A different style than most people usually hear from Game, this song is actually pretty good. Game talks about the mistakes he’s made and his plans for the future.

16. “Dr. Dre Pt. 2” Performed by Dr. Dre

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This is another narrative of Game‘s life, telling of his decision to join the Bloods when all his family were Crips.

17. “All I Know

This is just a normal track: not too awesome production and average rapping by Game. Nothing special on this one.

18. “Born In The Trap

A refreshingly fast song with upbeat production. Game takes NaS‘s flow on this and it works out quite well. Another song about his Hood.

19. “Mama Knows” feat. Nelly Furtado

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This is a song about Game‘s Mama. His rapping is superb in this one and the production is chill and funky—a solid track with Nelly Furtado singing the hook.

20. “California Dream

This song is dedicated to his kids. Game raps on this one and it is reminiscent of his documentary. Overall, it’s a good song with decent production.

21. “Dr. Dre Outro” Performed by Dr. Dre

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Dr. Dre comes out with another narrative about Game getting shot and going to jail.

BONUS TRACKS

I’m The King“:

A nice song from Game and a perfect bonus track. Sounds like he is trying to use Wiz Khalifa‘s style on this track.

Basic Bitch“:

A great track from Game. He switches up his style a few times. The production is pretty unique with a little bit of a chill yet also gritty feel.