On this day, August 23, in hip-hop history…
2011: In the aftermath of his beef with 50 Cent, Game found himself being quietly shuffled off his mentor, Dr. Dre’s, Aftermath Entertainment. Game was obviously pissed that Dre and Interscope chose 50 over himself and the result was Game’s 2006 classic, The Doctor’s Advocate.
Five years later, Game’s beef with 50 had become relegated largely to history and it opened things up for Game to re-unite with Dre. In August 2011, Dr. Dre appeared on Game’s new album, The R.E.D. Album, for the first time since Game’s Dre-produced debut, The Documentary, in 2005. While Dre only appeared on a few of the album’s skits to narrate the album, it still was a nice moment.
The album is notable for a string of quality guest appearances including Kendrick Lamar on “The City,” Lil Wayne and Tyler, the Creator on “Martians vs. Goblins,” Drake on “Good Girls Go Bad” and Chris Brown on “Pot Of Gold”
Although, the album would be seen as a bit of commercial disappointment considering the success of his previous albums, it would mark a significant achievement for Game. The R.E.D. Album would mark Game’s third Billboard number one album of his successful career.