The Game: LAX

I don’t listen to a ton of rap. Well, actually, that’s not true. I do listen to rap, but I don’t listen to a lot of different rappers. Mainstream rap/hip-hop has, in my opinion, given a bad name to the genre. Lyrical rappers like Tupac, Notorious BIG, Eminem, KRS One, Piper and The Game are by far my favorites, though they are often overshadowed by the catchy beat and radioplay rappers that you hear on top 40 stations.

I digress. Basically, I say all this to say that The Game is my current (and has been for the majority of the past year) rapper. He is lyrical, and once he divorced Aftermath and 50 Cent, he became his own artist and unleashed the creative style and catchy flow that had been overshadowed by 50 Cent’s popularity before. On his newest (and last before retirement) cd, The Game combines amazing lyrics with the occasional high profile guest. “Letter to the King”, “My Life”, and “LAX Files” are the perfect example of The Game at his best.

I have every one of The Game’s cd’s, and I would say that without a doubt, this is his best work.  It’s a shame that he decided to retire when he did, though it is understandable considering he felt the same way about mainstream rap/hip-hop that I do.  Check out his retirement interview here.

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