Hype and excitement is a constant in hip-hop, but consistency and quality is a bit harder to find in a genre that's often fixated on the next big thing and what's hip and fresh, not yesterday's news or veterans with no new tricks. Jayceon Taylor, better known as rap star The Game, has been able to stay afloat in an ever-changing rap landscape for more than a decade, which is an admirable feat in itself. And while he was once the hyped up new kid on the block, he has grown into a tenured, if at times volatile veteran with a solid clad discography to his name.

Beginning his career with frequent appearances on the mixtape circuit, The Game's buzz would acquire him a record deal with Interscope Records, which lead to his pairing with 50 Cent and his G-Unit clique, with whom he would create his debut album, The Documentary.

But after the two alpha-males bumped heads, The Game would venture out on his own, quieting talks of his success being a fluke with numerous gold and platinum plaques since his departure from the house that 50 Cent built, building a legacy all his own in the process. With one of the more impressive resumes in rap in terms of meeting and exceeding expectations whenever it's time to hit the booth, The Game is quickly nearing legendary territory, his to name-dropping aside.

In light of the recent release of his eighth solo studio album, 1992, and his penchant for constructing undeniable bodies of work, XXL takes the plunge into his discography and ranks his solo albums. How does your favorite album from the Compton native stack up? Take a look.