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The Documentary
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
G-Unit Records
and Interscope Records. The record serves as his major-label debut that was preceded by the release of his independently-released debut of Untold Story (2004). In 2001, after The Game was recovering from a shooting, he embarked his rap career. He later was discovered by Dr. Dre, who Dre signed The Game to his Aftermath Entertainment
Aftermath Entertainment
label. The album includes 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
Nate Dogg
and Faith Evans, among others. This would be The Game's only album on Aftermath and G-Unit
G-Unit
Records, as he left the label, after a feud began between him and fellow G-Unit
G-Unit
label-mate 50 Cent. The Documentary
The Documentary
debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, selling 586,000 units in the first week. In March 2005, the Recording Industry Association of America certified the album double Platinum, selling five million copies worldwide. The Documentary
The Documentary
received generally positive reviews, with critics praising the album's production. Since the album's release, The Game was credited as a driving force in reviving the West Coast hip hop
West Coast hip hop
scene that had been overshadowed by artists from the East, Midwest and South. The record remains as The Game's best-selling album to date. On June 16, 2014, the sequel to the album was announced, called The Documentary
The Documentary
2, which was released on October 9, 2015, followed by the release of The Documentary
The Documentary
2.5.

Contents

1 Recording 2 Music

2.1 Lyrics 2.2 Production 2.3 Title

3 Release and promotion 4 Singles 5 Critical reception

5.1 Accolades

6 Commercial performance 7 Track listing 8 Personnel 9 Charts

9.1 Weekly charts 9.2 Year-end charts

10 Certifications 11 References 12 External links

Recording[edit] After The Game signed with the G-Unit, he recorded nine songs with fellow American rapper 50 Cent
50 Cent
in his home studio in Farmington, Connecticut, and then went back to Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles, California
to complete the album with American record producer Dr. Dre.[1][2] While continuing the recording sessions on the album, he began working with rapper and record producer Kanye West
Kanye West
on a song, where Kanye did the chorus. However, the song was left on the cutting room floor.[3] The Game was also inspired to revive the hip hop scene in the West Coast, which had been overshadowed since its heyday in the 1990s by rappers from the East and the South.[4] In 2005, in the interview with Vibe magazine, 50 Cent
50 Cent
stated that he was brought in by the Interscope Records to work on the album, claiming that was on the verge of being shelved and The Game was being dropped from the label. However, in the interview with Funkmaster Flex, The Game said that his status was never uncertain that he would be dropped from the label.[5] 50 Cent also claimed that he wrote six songs of The Documentary's eighteen tracks—"Hate It or Love It", "How We Do", "Church for Thugs", "Special", "Higher", and "Westside Story"[6]—and didn't receiving any proper credit for his work.[7] The Game denied those claims, saying that 50 Cent
50 Cent
only wrote two songs on the album.[8] Music[edit] Lyrics[edit] 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.[9]

The rapper commented on the album's perception before its release, saying, "I know everybody was expecting gang-bang, 40-ounce, low-rider music, but that's not what I gave them... I'm telling a real story, and maybe there are people out there who can relate to my experiences."[4] Rolling Stone
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."[10] Production[edit] The Documentary's big budget production from high-profile hip hop producers was well received from critics.[11] The first half of the album contains "upbeat, gangsta boogie" tracks with the other half relegating "smoothed out R&B maneuvers".[12] At seven tracks, Dr. Dre co-executive produced the album with his "stripped-down cinematic" approach.[13] "Westside Story" contains an "evil sounding piano plink", "Dreams" has a "simultaneously smooth and eerie" beat, and "Hate It or Love It" unveils a "smoothed out R&B funk vibe".[12] "Higher" revolves around a pounding synth blast and "How We Do" contains syncopated hand claps[12] with a beat described as "a hypnotic blast of sinister seduction powered by a deliciously primitive 808 pattern and a slinky synth."[14] "Don't Need Your Love" samples Mary J. Blige's "Not Gon Cry" and is one the album's more soulful songs.[15] "Church for Thugs" delivers a "sing-song stylee over an accentuated sonic bed" and "Put You on the Game" is a club track containing "dark dirge[s] of synth".[12] Although "Start from Scratch" features R&B singer Marsha Ambrosius, the beat "eschews the traditional R&B vibes" for more "aural intimidation". IGN
IGN
called it "the most haunting inclusion on the album."[12] "The Documentary" features a "busy backing track" of "crashing symphonics and tinny flares of synth", which one critic believed overshadowed the lyrics.[12] "Runnin'" is a "dark, Stygian tune augmented by tinges of R&B mellowness."[12] "No More Fun and Games" has a fast-paced beat[16] that takes inspiration from early 1990s production.[17] "We Ain't", which samples Dr. Dre's "The Watcher", takes Eminem's "chug laden synth gurgle" and is described as "one of the most menacingly catchy numbers on the entire album."[12] Nate Dogg
Nate Dogg
features on two "smoothed out"[12] tracks; "Special" and the G-funk-inspired "Where I'm From".[18] "Don't Worry" is an R&B flavored track and despite its "minimal production", one reviewer wrote the song "still hits hard."[15] The final track, "Like Father, Like Son", is driven by a "melodramatic, string-laden" beat.[13] Originally, Brandy Norwood
Brandy Norwood
was supposed to be on "Don't Worry", but Jimmy Iovine
Jimmy Iovine
did not want a gangsta rapper like The Game on a song with Brandy.[19] Title[edit] The album's title was initially called "Nigga Witta Attitude Vol. 1" (a reference to N.W.A),[20] but was changed to "The Documentary" due to legal issues with an injunction filed at the request of Eazy-E's widow Tomica Woods-Wright prevented him from using N.W.A's name in the album title.[19] Release and promotion[edit]

Game (right) with Kool G Rap
Kool G Rap
(left) in New York City, New York, November 2004

The album was initially set for a late 2004 release, however, since the other high-profile albums—including Eminem's Encore—were to be released around the same time, it was pushed back to January 18, 2005.[21] On September 28, 2004 The Game released a promotional album entitled Westside Story through Aftermath Entertainment
Aftermath Entertainment
and G-Unit Records. The album was used to promote his major-label debut album, The Documentary. In October 2004, The Game released his first independent album, titled Untold Story, through Get Low Recordz (owned by JT the Bigga Figga). The album sold over 82,000 copies within its first three months.[22] The album featured artists such as Sean T, Young Noble
Young Noble
(of the Outlawz) and JT the Bigga Figga.[23] The Game also appeared on various mixtapes, which has been hosted by DJ's such as DJ Kayslay, DJ Whoo Kid
DJ Whoo Kid
and DJ Clue?. The Game also released a second mixtape You Know What It Is Vol. 2 through his own record label and appeared on the video game NBA Live 2004
NBA Live 2004
on a song produced by Fredwreck
Fredwreck
called "Can't Stop Me".[24] On November 15, 2004, The Game released a promotional mixtape, titled Charge It to the Game: The Mixtape, through Westside Records. The tape was also used to promote The Documentary.[25] Singles[edit] "Westside Story" was the first official single to be released from The Documentary. The song features guest vocals from American rapper 50 Cent, while the production was handled by Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre
and Scott Storch. The single entered on the US Billboard Hot 100
Billboard Hot 100
at number 93, charted at number 55 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, and at number 29 on the Rhythmic Top 40 charts.[26] Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone
described it as "a kind of L.A. version of "In Da Club" with "a simple keyboard part, a spare 808 beat and strings that manage to sound both stressed-out and catchy."[10] The Game has stated that this song is a tribute to Tupac Shakur, with a direct reference to him, saying "I got California love fuckin bitches to that Pac shit." The Game also makes references to Tupac's songs, California Love
California Love
and Against All Odds. Other references includes, Nate Dogg, Tha Dogg Pound
Tha Dogg Pound
(D.P.G.) and their song New York, Westside Connection, Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
and his album Thriller, DJ Pooh, Kool G Rap. There is a remix featuring Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg
singing the hook and a version with both Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg
and 50 Cent
50 Cent
on it. "How We Do" was the second official single to be released from The Documentary. The song features guest vocals from American rapper 50 Cent, while the production was handled by Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre
and Mike Elizondo. The single entered on the US Billboard Hot 100
Billboard Hot 100
at number four, and stayed for over four weeks.[26] The single also charted at number two on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, at number two on the Hot Rap Tracks, at number one on the Rhythmic Top 40, at number three on the Hot Digital Songs, at number 38 on the Latin Tropical Airplay, at number 11 on the Pop 100, at number 14 on the Pop 100 Airplay, at number 14 on the Top 40 Mainstream, and at number 16 on the Top 40 Tracks charts.[26] The single attained respectable international charting. In the United Kingdom the single entered on the UK Singles Chart
UK Singles Chart
at number five, in Germany the single entered on the German Singles Chart at number nine, in the Republic of Ireland the single entered on the Irish Singles Chart at number eight, and in Australia the single entered on the Australian Singles Chart
Australian Singles Chart
at number 18. The single was an instant hit with major air play. It was also moderately successful worldwide, reaching the top twenty in most countries.[27] The music video was directed by Hype Williams". The Recording Industry Association of America certified the single Gold.[28] "Hate It or Love It" was the third official single to be released from The Documentary. The song features guest vocals from American rapper 50 Cent, while the production was handled by Cool & Dre. The single was the most popular single from the album. The single entered on the US Billboard Hot 100
Billboard Hot 100
at number two, charted at number one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, at number one on the Hot Rap Tracks, at number six on the Hot Digital Songs, at number 39 on the Latin Tropical Airplay, at number nine on the Pop 100, at number 13 on the Pop 100 Airplay, at number one on the Rhythmic Top 40, and at number 16 on the Top 40 Mainstream
Top 40 Mainstream
charts.[26][29] The single attained respectable international charting. In the United Kingdom the single entered on the UK Singles Chart
UK Singles Chart
at number four, in Germany the single entered on the German Singles Chart at number 14, in the Republic of Ireland the single entered on the Irish Singles Chart at number five, in Australia the single entered on the Australian Singles Chart
Australian Singles Chart
at number 23, and in Denmark the single entered the Danish Singles Chart at number 17.[30] The track uses a sample from the song "Rubber Band" performed by The Trammps on their album The Legendary Zing Album. At the 2006 Grammy Awards, it was nominated for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group and Best Rap Song.[31] The music video, which was directed by the Saline Project, was nominated at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards for Best Rap Video, but lost to Ludacris' "Number One Spot". The Recording Industry Association of America certified the single Gold.[28] "Dreams" was the fourth official single to be released from The Documentary. The single entered on the US Billboard Hot 100
Billboard Hot 100
at number 32, charted at number 12 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, at number five on the Hot Rap Tracks, at number 74 on the Hot Digital Songs, at number 62 on the Pop 100, and at number 13 on the Rhythmic Top 40.[26] The single attained international charting. In the United Kingdom the single entered on the UK Singles Chart
UK Singles Chart
at number eight, in Germany the single entered on the German Singles Chart at number 71, in the Republic of Ireland the single entered on the Irish Singles Chart at number 11, and in Australia the single entered on the Australian Singles Chart at number 42. The song was produced by Kanye West. The track features a sample of "No Money Down" performed by Jerry Butler. Co-Written by Jimmy "Henchmen" Rosemonds' artist, "Beloved". The song was dedicated to Yetunde Price
Yetunde Price
who was shot dead in 2003.[32] One critic wrote The Game "sews together a soulful Martin Luther King Jr. type speech with the acerbic wit and hustler charm of Malcolm X."[16] Phillip Atwell directed the music video. The song is also known for having an incorrect lyric in 'I woke up from that coma 2001, about the same time Dre dropped 2001'. This references the Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre
album 2001, actually released in 1999. The song was placed 16th on about.com's Best Hip-Hop Songs of 2005. And had singer Mýa
Mýa
Harrison in the music video. "Put You on the Game" was the fifth and final official single from The Documentary. The single was the lowest charting single from the album, reaching only at 96 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks.[26] The single attained respectable international charting. In the United Kingdom the single entered on the UK Singles Chart
UK Singles Chart
at number 46, and in the Republic of Ireland the single entered on the Irish Singles Chart at number 22. The single was produced by Timbaland and co-produced by Danja. This was the first single released by The Game after his truce with 50 Cent
50 Cent
fell apart and after The Game released You Know What It Is Vol. 3. It was recently that a lawsuit has been filed from a Major India Record Company Saregama India, Timbaland, co-producer Nate "Danja" Hills, The Game, Interscope Records, along with a few other Production companies are being sued for using an uncleared sample from artist.[33] The music video features The Game with many appearances by his current and former Black Wall Street affiliates. The video shows various places in Los Angeles County; including downtown to a Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles, California
and Compton, California. The music video showed these landmarks down at the Los Angeles such as Staples Center, The Watts Towers, and LAX. The Game refers to a number of artists, songs and albums in "Put You on The Game"; including The Chronic, N.W.A, Makaveli, The Notorious B.I.G., Public Enemy, Flavor Flav, G-Unit, 50 Cent, Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre
and his song "Let Me Ride", Eve, and Snoop Dogg. During the DVD Stop Snitchin, Stop Lyin The Game watches the video for this song pausing at specific spots in the video which shows a dead man at on the ground blocked off by police tape. The Game then repeatedly states that he is wearing G-Unit
G-Unit
sneakers, a diss at 50 Cent
50 Cent
saying his career is dead. Damon Johnson directed the music video. Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
called it a "club track so crunkalicious, it's almost shocking that a California newbie — not a Ludacris
Ludacris
— was the recipient of its deep-fried Southern charms."[34] The song was placed 44th on about.com's Best Hip-Hop Songs of 2005. Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings

Aggregate scores

Source Rating

Metacritic 72/100[35]

Review scores

Source Rating

AllMusic [36]

Robert Christgau C−[37]

Entertainment Weekly B+[34]

Los Angeles Times [38]

The New York Times favorable[39]

Pitchfork Media 8.3/10[13]

PopMatters 8/10[16]

Rolling Stone [10]

The Village Voice favorable[40]

USA Today [41]

The Documentary
The Documentary
received generally positive reviews. On Metacritic, The Documentary
The Documentary
received an aggregate score of 72 out of 100 based on 19 reviews.[35] Pitchfork Media
Pitchfork Media
called it "the best West Coast street-rap album since DJ Quik's 2002 LP Under tha Influence" and described the production as "a rich, triumphant sonic tapestry".[13] Allmusic wrote the album was an "excellent debut" that "hints at a lot of potential" and observed the "most remarkable aspect of the Game is how he can be such a blatant product of gangsta rap... and leave a mark so fast."[36] Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone
noted The Game was "going for emotional impact rather than dazzling wordplay or laughs"[10] and PopMatters
PopMatters
described him as "a self-conscious, malicious, nihilistic gangsta rapper with a heart and lyrical content".[16] On the other hand, Robert Christgau
Robert Christgau
believed the album was "dull even when he isn't describing his medical problems, this no-talent is masscult rock at its most brazen".[37] The A.V. Club praised the production for being "a sonic classic of slow-rolling G-funk
G-funk
and glossy hyper-soul", but panned The Game for his name dropping, suggesting if he "cut all the references to rappers and albums... it'd be a good 15 to 20 minutes shorter—and probably a lot more compelling."[14] Billboard declared it "one of the best rap albums of the year"[42] and Entertainment Weekly suggested "with the brightest hip-hop stars aligning for him, the Game may have willed himself a popular masterpiece."[34] IGN
IGN
criticized the large number of guest appearances, stating "the propensity of guest artists makes it hard to actually get a grasp on the rising star's own voice."[12] MusicOMH
MusicOMH
observed "like many rap albums The Documentary
The Documentary
is too long, but it maintains a high level of interest" and overall, it was "an impressive effort" that "introduces a strong presence to the West Coast".[43] Stylus Magazine wrote "no one disappoints" and despite the record being "so obviously and deeply grounded in marketing, it’s still an outstandingly solid and enjoyable" debut.[11] The New York Times
The New York Times
noted The Game's "tough but straightforward rhyme style is appealing but not, usually, enthralling... This is a rapper who almost never forgets himself, who almost never loses himself in syllables just for the fun of it."[39] The Village Voice
The Village Voice
criticized the rapper's lyrical skills, saying, "the Game's rhymes are about six degrees from totally artless".[40] Yahoo! Music also panned the lyrics for "almost totally lacking in shock value, humour or insight", but praised the production, writing that "musically, this is probably the greatest major label hip-hop album of recent years – a near faultless succession of hi-tech beats and ominously catchy hooks".[18] Accolades[edit] The album appeared on numerous music critics' and publications' end-of-year albums lists. Pitchfork Media
Pitchfork Media
placed the album at number 35 on their list of Top 50 Albums of 2005.[44] At the 48th Annual Grammy Awards, The Game was nominated with a total of two nominations, including Grammy Award for Best Rap Song
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".[45] In 2012 Complex named the album one of the classic albums of the last decade.[46] Commercial performance[edit] The Game is often credited as a driving force in bringing the West Coast hip hop scene back to recognition.[47][48] Before its release, he expressed his desire to have high opening week sales, saying, "I want to sell a million albums in my first week. And if I only sell one album the following week, I'm good."[4] He also admitted feeling nervous about not being able to live up to the industry expectations, saying, "Yeah, I've got some butterflies. I'm worried about my first-week numbers, and I'm worried about living up to the hype."[4] The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200
Billboard 200
chart, selling 586,000 copies in the first week.[49] The Recording Industry Association of America certified the album double Platinum on March 23, 2005,[28] and it was the tenth best-selling record of the year.[50] The album has since sold over 2.5 million units in the United States.[51] The Documentary
The Documentary
peaked at the top fifteen in most European charts it entered. It peaked at number seven on the UK Albums Chart
UK Albums Chart
and remained on the chart for thirty-three weeks. It reached the top ten in the Netherlands, France, Ireland, Switzerland, and the top twenty in Belgium, Germany, and Norway.[52] The album topped the Canadian Albums Chart for three weeks[53] and on March 8, 2005, it was certified Platinum with 1,000,000 units shipped.[54] It has since sold over five million copies worldwide.[55] Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length

1. "Intro"  

Dr. Dre Che Vicious

0:32

2. "Westside Story" (featuring 50 Cent)

Jayceon Taylor Curtis Jackson Andre Young Scott Storch Mike Elizondo

Dr. Dre Storch

3:43

3. "Dreams"

Taylor Kanye West

Kanye West 4:46

4. "Hate It or Love It" (featuring 50 Cent)

Taylor Jackson Curtis Jackson Andre Lyon Marcello Valenzano

Cool & Dre Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre
(add.)

3:26

5. "Higher"

Taylor Jackson Curtis Jackson Young Elizondo Mark Batson Christopher Pope

Dr. Dre Batson

4:05

6. "How We Do" (featuring 50 Cent)

Taylor Jackson Curtis Jackson Young Elizondo

Dr. Dre Elizondo

3:55

7. "Don't Need Your Love" (featuring Faith Evans)

Taylor Kejuan Muchita Faith Evans

Havoc Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre
(add.)

4:26

8. "Church for Thugs"

Taylor Jackson Justin Smith

Just Blaze 4:00

9. "Put You on the Game"

Taylor Timothy Mosley Nathaniel Hills

Timbaland Danja (co.)

4:14

10. "Start from Scratch" (featuring Marsha Ambrosius)

Taylor Young Storch Marsha Ambrosius

Dr. Dre Storch

4:07

11. "The Documentary"

Taylor Jeff Bhasker Jeff Reed

Bhasker Reed (co.)

4:11

12. "Runnin'" (featuring Tony Yayo
Tony Yayo
and Dion)

Taylor Tony Cottrell Marvin Bernard Dion Jenkins

Hi-Tek 4:26

13. "No More Fun and Games"

Taylor Smith

Just Blaze 2:37

14. "We Ain't" (featuring Eminem)

Taylor Marshall Mathers Luis Resto Steve King

Eminem Resto (add.)

4:46

15. "Where I'm From" (featuring Nate Dogg)

Taylor Bernard Edwards Nathaniel Hale

Focus... 3:08

16. "Special" (featuring Nate Dogg)

Taylor Jackson Khari Cain Hale

Needlz 3:57

17. "Don't Worry" (featuring Mary J. Blige)

Taylor Michael Flowers Young Elizondo Mary J. Blige

Dr. Dre Elizondo

4:11

18. "Like Father, Like Son" (featuring Busta Rhymes)

Taylor Curtis Jackson Trevor Smith Anthony Best

Buckwild 5:27

Sample credits Information taken from The Documentary's liner notes.[56]

"Intro" contains a sample of "Down into the Magic" performed by Donald Kerr. "Dreams" contains a sample of "No Money Down" performed by Jerry Butler. "Hate It or Love It" contains a sample of "Rubberband" performed by The Trammps. "Don't Need Your Love"contains a sample of "Not Gon Cry" performed by Mary J. Blige. "Put You on the Game" contains a sample of "Baghon Mein Bahar Hai" performed by Mohammed Rafi
Mohammed Rafi
& Lata Mangeshkar
Lata Mangeshkar
from the Aradhana soundtrack. "The Documentary" contains an audio excerpt from the 2003's film Livin' tha Life. "No More Fun and Games" contains a sample of "Gangsta, Gangsta" performed by N.W.A. "We Ain't" contains a sample of "The Watcher" performed by Dr. Dre featuring Eminem, "One Day at a Time" performed by Tupac Shakur featuring Eminem
Eminem
and The Outlawz, and "Patiently Waiting" performed by 50 Cent
50 Cent
featuring Eminem. "Where I'm From" contains a sample of "Amanda" performed by Dionne Warwick. "Special" contains a sample of "Catherine Howard" performed by Rick Wakeman. "Like Father, Like Son" contains a sample of "Mariya" performed by The Family Circle.

Personnel[edit] Credits for The Documentary
The Documentary
adapted from Allmusic.[57]

50 Cent
50 Cent
– executive producer, writer, vocals Marcella "Ms. Lago" Araica – assistant engineer Mark Batson – producer Steve Baughman – engineer Jeff Bhasker – musician, producer Jose Borges – assistant engineer David Brown – assistant engineer Buckwild – producer Tony Campana – engineer Demacio Castellon – engineer Mark Catson – keyboards Larry Chatman – production coordination Kevin "KD" Davis – engineer DJ Hi-Tek – engineer, producer Michael Dobmeier – assistant engineer Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre
– executive producer, mixing, producer Jimmy Douglas – mixing Mike Elizondo – bass, keyboards, musician Eminem
Eminem
– mixing, producer Focus...
Focus...
– musician, producer Scott Gutierrez – assistant engineer Robert Hannon – engineer Havoc – producer Nathaniel "Danjahandz" Hills – producer Keenan "Kee Note" Holloway – bass Lionel "LJ" Holwan – keyboards Ken Huffnagle – engineer Mauricio "Veto" Irragorri – engineer, mixing Glenn Jefferies – guitar D. Diana Jenkins – vocals Just Blaze
Just Blaze
– producer Rouble Kapoor – assistant engineer Wayne Kee – guitar Steven King – bass, engineer, guitar, mixing Mike Lynn – A&R Jonathan Mannion – photography Natasha Mathis – vocals Kyla Miller – engineer Needlz – producer Ervin Pope – keyboards Oscar "Filtrate" Ramierez – engineer Jeff Reed – engineer, producer Luis Resto – keyboards, producer Angelo Sanders – A&R Jason Schweitzer – engineer Ed Scratch – engineer Justin Smith – mixing Scott Storch – musician, producer Tank – scratching Jayceon Taylor – writer Timbaland
Timbaland
– mixing, producer, vocals Che Vicious – producer Joe Warlick – engineer Kanye West
Kanye West
– producer Ryan West – engineer, mixing

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Charts (2005)[52] Peak position

Australian Albums Chart 42

Austrian Albums Chart 44

Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders) 17

Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia) 51

Canadian Albums Chart 1

Danish Albums Chart 33

Dutch Albums Chart 10

French Albums Chart 7

German Albums Chart 11

Irish Albums Chart 6

New Zealand Albums Chart 3

Norwegian Albums Chart 11

Swiss Albums Chart 8

UK Albums Chart 7

US Billboard 200 1

US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard) 1

US Top Rap Albums (Billboard) 1

US Top Heatseekers (Billboard) 34

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2005) Position

Swiss Albums Chart[58] 100

US Billboard 200[59] 16

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales

Australia (ARIA) Gold[60] 35,000

Canada (CRIA) Platinum[61] 40,000

Ireland (IRMA) Platinum[62] 15,000

New Zealand (RIANZ) Platinum[63] 15,000

United Kingdom (BPI) Platinum[64] 413,519[65]

United States (RIAA) 2× Platinum[28] 2,000,000

*sales figures based on certification alone ^shipments figures based on certification alone

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Preceded by American Idiot
American Idiot
by Green Day Billboard 200
Billboard 200
number-one album (first run) January 30, 2005 – February 5, 2005 Succeeded by Be as You Are (Songs from an Old Blue Chair)
Be as You Are (Songs from an Old Blue Chair)
by Kenny Chesney

Preceded by Be as You Are (Songs from an Old Blue Chair)
Be as You Are (Songs from an Old Blue Chair)
by Kenny Chesney Billboard 200
Billboard 200
number-one album (second run) February 13, 2005 – February 19, 2005 Succeeded by Seventeen Days
Seventeen Days
by 3 Doors Down

Preceded by American Idiot
American Idiot
by Green Day Canadian Albums Chart number-one album January 30, 2005 – February 19, 2005 Succeeded by It's Time by Michael Bublé

Preceded by Get Lifted
Get Lifted
by John Legend Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums number-one album January 30, 2005 – February 26, 2005 Succeeded by O by Omarion

Preceded by Crunk
Crunk
Juice by Lil Jon
Lil Jon
and the Eastside Boyz Billboard Rap Albums number one album January 30, 2005 – March 12, 2005 Succeeded by The Massacre
The Massacre
by 50 Cent

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The Game

Discography Songs

Studio albums

The Documentary
The Documentary
(2005) Doctor's Advocate
Doctor's Advocate
(2006) LAX (2008) The R.E.D. Album
Album
(2011) Jesus Piece (2012) The Documentary 2
The Documentary 2
(2015) The Documentary 2.5
The Documentary 2.5
(2015) 1992 (2016)

Compilations

G.A.M.E.
G.A.M.E.
(2006) Blood Moon: Year of the Wolf (with Blood Money) (2014) The Documentary 2
The Documentary 2
/ 2.5 (Collector's Edition) (2016)

Soundtrack albums

Streets of Compton
Streets of Compton
(2016) Block Wars
Block Wars
(2016)

Mixtapes

Westside Story (2004) Stop Snitchin, Stop Lyin
Stop Snitchin, Stop Lyin
(2006) Brake Lights (2010) Purp & Patron (2011) Hoodmorning (No Typo): Candy Coronas (2011) California Republic (2012) OKE: Operation Kill Everything (2013)

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