The Game rose to fame with help from Dr. Dre, who godfathered 2005's The Documentary, a smash that featured cameos by 50 Cent. But a feud with 50 was followed by the sudden end of the Game's label deal -- a split that indicates with whom Dre sided. As a result, the Game has something to prove on his first CD for Geffen. Too bad he spends so much time rationalizing the past instead of looking to the future.
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Plenty of production pros turn up here, and with Scott Storch, Swizz Beatz and (predictably) will.i.am on the payroll, the beats are mostly high-quality. Trouble is, the lyrics on cuts such as "It's Okay (One Blood)" compulsively return to the fact that Dre is out of the picture -- a gambit that gets mighty monotonous mighty fast.
On Advocate, the Game is reminiscent of a divorced man who can't stop talking about his ex-wife even when he's on a date with someone else. Sounds like he could use a good doctor.