40 Glocc doesn’t like him. Shyne certainly doesn’t either. And now religious zealots are probably condemning him to that not-so-nice place downstairs. But longtime fans like me still appreciate The Game, a West Coast-bred spitter who has attracted plenty of hate since his arrival. The one thing you can’t hate about him is his penchant for dope rhymes, as evidenced by his latest major label album effort called Jesus Piece.
The Game has crafted this album around a myriad of subjects that connects to the Church through its various song titles. Every track also comes feature heavy, as Game has reached out to some of rap’s biggest stars for his last album with Interscope Records. As a result, his swan song with the label ends up becoming one of his best albums to date.
Two songs stand out in particular for their hard rhymes, subject matter, and powerful production. “Ali Bomaye” borrows the boxer’s battle cry and adopts it for a celebratory tune that features 2 Chainz and Rick Ross. The background voice samples combined with the vicious rhymes spit by Game and his connects will surely break necks across the nation. The drug dealer opus (“Name Me King”) fits this same description. Pusha T goes bar for bar with Game as they proclaim themselves as rap kingpin royalty.
Not every song on the album is hard edged and super gritty. Game takes care of the ladies with “All That (Lady),” the D’Angelo sample and large number of guest appearances making this track a victory for everyone evolved. Lil’ Wayne, Big Sean, Jeremih, and Fabolous join Game for one of the smoothest cuts off the album. The radio-friendly cut and definite club banger comes in the form of “Celebration.” Game enlists Tyga, Chris Brown, Lil’ Wayne, and Wiz Khalifa for a song that makes perfect use of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony’s “1st of Tha Month.”
Although Jesus Piece is packed with guest stars, Game takes the time to remind his listeners that he’s also capable of fine solo songs. “Heavens Arms” and “Blood Diamonds” are equally solid offerings that provide proof of his underrated rhyming potential. Although he still relies on name dropping in his bars, he’s not quite as annoying with this trend this time around as with his earlier efforts. Game sticks to tightly woven verses that delve into topics ranging from the hood life to the good life.
The only song that stands out like a sore thumb is “I Remember.” The tired trap beat and overuse of autotune don’t do any favors for this soon-to-be-forgotten tune. All is forgiven though, since better tracks are not too hard to find on the album. J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Tank, Kanye West, and Jamie Foxx are just a few of the other names who guest star on those aforementioned tracks. There’s no wasted effort from Game or his rap/R&B partners in crime.
Jesus Piece is, in simple terms, a great album. Game certainly went to great lengths to secure worthy features for his latest production. Although there may be one too many non-solo songs, Game still manages to shine alongside his peers on several memorable joints.
The good Lord above has to forgive Game for this one. Jesus Piece is just too good to condemn.