Following two successful projects (Documentary 2 + 2.5) and a successful soundtrack of his A&E documentary “Streets of Compton”, The Game puts his mark on 2016 with his eighth studio album 1992. Between the album’s intriguing, Doggystyle-influenced cover art, which refers to the year 1992 in Compton, and his incredible delivery on the promotional track “92 Bars (Freestyle)”, The Game was on his way to another successful release. After making airwaves with “All Eyez” featuring Jeremih and making headlines for his heated feud with Meek Mill 1992 debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 (32K units) proving the Game still has what it takes to make an impact in 2016.
On 1992′s opening track, “Savage Lifestyle”, the Game appropriately sets the project’s pace by introducing us to life in Compton, California in 1992. The Los Angeles rapper refers to the “the system”, it’s war on drugs, gangs and historical events such as the Rodney King beating and the Los Angeles riots and more. On the next track, “True Colors”, The Game spits about growing up in Compton and becoming a Blood. By the third track, “Bompton”, we are familiar with the
Compton Bompton lifestyle and all that it offers. On the next track, “F**k Orange Juice”, The Game over a sample of Funkmaster Flex and The Furious Fives’s “The Message”. The next track “Young Niggas” finds the rapper telling a story about a friendship gone and the impact his overall environment had on their relationship. On the next tracks, “The Soundtrack (1992)” and “I Grew Up On Wu-Tang”, The Game references influences from Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and Wu-Tang Clan respectfully. On the next track, “However Do You Want It”, The Game slows it down with a Soul II Soul “Back To Life” before teaming up with Jason Derulo on one fore the ladies titled “Baby You”. Before closing with “92 Bars” and “All Eyez” featuring Jeremih, The Game reflects on his formative years and there successes and accomplishments on “What Your Life Like”.
Although 1992 doesn’t provide the same amount of notable tracks as his previous works, the project continues to add to The Game’s streak of successful projects. With themes exploring the political and social atmosphere of the 1990’s Compton, The Game delivers a well-developed concept album that accurately portrays elements of life in 1992. The production on the project, provided by the likes of Bongo The Drum Gahd, The Chemist Creates and Terrace Martins amongst others, appropriately sets the mood of the project with spot-on samples from hip-hop legends like Dr. Dre, Funkmaster Flex, Wu-Tang and many others. Amongst his ability to actually spit; his word play, double entendres and overall flow, The Game delivered a meaningful concept album that holds it weight in this day and age in hip-hop and that’s hard to come across! Definitely glad that I finally got the chance to listen to this one! What do you think of The Game’s 1992? Sound off in the comments below!
The Game – “All Eyez” ft.. Jeremih