THE GAME -1992/ REVIEW
Written by Bryan Leonard
Nintendo, Saturday morning cartoons & Michael Jordan were the typical favorite conversations of an adolescent growing up in 1992. For Jayceon Taylor, the “I wanna be like Mike Slogan” was deferred. For a young man growing up in Compton CA, these times proved that childhood was officially over. The Games 1992 album opens with a sample of Marvin Gaye’s -Inner City Blues. “Savage Lifestyle”, the descriptive unapologetic song’s is the opening to this 13 track modern masterpiece. One thing Game does masterfully on 1992 is stay in the pocket like a well-seasoned quarter back with the best offensive line, never leaving the concept of the album for cheap thrills. 1992 samples Ice T’s Colors, The D.O.C. Funky Enough as well as Wu-Tang & classic soul music. The beat selection’s, slowed down and sped up samples let you know from track one, this is going to be good!
With solid production by Bongo, Terrance Martin, as well as Cool & Dre, the album keeps it distinctive serious somber tone. One thing visible, & welcomed with open arms are the lack of featured guest. Game pushes himself to the lyrical distance as there are no features on 1992, except for the radio friendly -All eyes- which features R&B hook man Jeremih. The lack of talent is appreciated as Game albums usually pull rappers from every walk of life which takes away from the overall experience of listening to a solo artist.
From the start of the album we walk through Jayceon Taylors adolescent mind all the while being narrated by The Game. The song True colors is a graphic plea from a boy whose world & family is changing faster than he can adapt.- One night my pops came home off heroine/shit changed, I’m glad my momma didn’t marry him/molested my sister that night cause she was scared/I was too young to help her and my brothers wasn’t there/It was late night 2 am my mother at work/my sister came back up the stairs & it was blood on her shirt/blood on her face, bloods on her hands blood on her legs/turned on the light and everything was red I’m surrounded by colors.
The song Young N****s dives into another life lesson, losing a best friend. The Game masterfully tales the story of two best friends that lose each-other to opposing gangs. While you may not have lost a friend to gangs, the message is universal in leaving childhood friends behind. While the album is surrounded in controversy due to beef with Meek Mill, he only takes one or two bars to address it. The Documentary 2 was a valiant effort at outdoing the original Documentary but fell slightly short in its attempt. 1992 will stand the test of time due to its originality & detailed story telling. The game has already solidified his name among the greatest, and this album will surely make sure he stays there.
Written by Bryan Leonard