The Documentary is the debut studio album by American rapper The Game. It was released on January 18, 2005, by Aftermath Entertainment, G-Unit Records and Interscope Records. The Game recorded tracks based on his life experiences from his childhood to his success as a rapper.
When asked about the album, he stated:
I grew up in a boys home and I was taken away from my parents when I was like 8 years old… Here I am, 24. When my album drops I will be 25 so that’s 17 years I have been going through my struggle by myself. There are 17 tracks on my album and every track sheds light on a different situation I went through the last 17 years.
The Documentary – serves as his major-label debut, preceded by the release of his independently-released debut, Untold Story (2004). In 2001, after The Game recovered from a shooting, he began to embark his rap career. He was then discovered by Dr. Dre (who signed him to his Aftermath Entertainment label). The album includes the production from high-profile producers such as Dr. Dre, Kanye West, Scott Storch and Timbaland, among others. The album features guest appearances from 50 Cent, Eminem, Nate Dogg and Faith Evans, among others. This would be The Game’s only album on Aftermath and G-Unit Records, as he left the label after a feud began occurred between him and fellow G-Unit label-mate.
Rolling Stone observed that “every song has a well-massaged hook and some immediate appeal, and verses that don’t waste a lot of time getting to the point.” The album appeared on numerous music critics’ and publications’ end-of-year albums lists. Pitchfork Media placed the album at number 35 on their list of Top 50 Albums of 2005. At the 48th Annual Grammy Awards, The Game was nominated with a total of two nominations, including Grammy Award for Best Rap Song and Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for the smash single “Hate It or Love It”. In 2012 Complex named the album one of the classic albums of the last decade.
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