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Doctor's Advocate is the second studio album by West Coast rapper The Game, released on November 14 2006 (see 2006 in music). The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 358,988 copies, making it The Game's second number one album. The album has many of the same producers that his first album had, including Kanye West and Just Blaze. In contrast to his debut, this album features no production from Aftermath Entertainment CEO and famed hip-hop producer Dr. Dre, although long-time Dr. Dre collaborator Scott Storch produced two songs on the album. The album received a near perfect 4.5 mic rating from The Source.
The Game wanted to prove that he could still make good music as he did on his first album, The Documentary, without help of Dr. Dre or 50 Cent. Although 50 Cent is not featured, there are many new and re-occurring guest appearances on this album, notably artists Busta Rhymes, Nas, Nate Dogg, Snoop Dogg, Tha Dogg Pound, will.i.am, and Xzibit.
Doctor's Advocate features The Game rapping about issues in his life, incorporating common rap industry themes. The track "Remedy" (produced by Just Blaze) has The Game rapping about how he must feed his son and also expresses his hatred towards the law, and has a beat jacked from Public Enemy's "Black Steel In The Hour of Chaos," which chronicles Chuck D's escape from prison.
With its use of more West Coast-type beats, crispier drums, and deeper bass, the album leans more towards the West Coast sound than The Documentary.
Doctor's Advocate received mostly favorable reviews from music critics. All Music Guide wrote that while the album "is nothing new" from The Documentary, "the fact remains that every track here is as good as or better than those on his debut." Entertainment Weekly disagreed, saying "it doesn't live up to the nihilistic brilliance" of his previous album. Christian Hoard of Rolling Stone stated that the album "isn't the classic that message boards are calling it, but it is a middling yet pleasurable record." Hoard also wrote that "lyrically, it's a mixed bag. The Game is still kind of corny, but his skills have improved... He's more nimble and more assured than before, and he switches up his flow more often". Stylus Magazine noted that The Game "brought his personality—occasionally funny, disarmingly needy, a little lunkheaded—into the booth" and that despite Dr. Dre's absence, "the album sounds just as big-budget and lavishly appointed as The Documentary". The New York Times shared this view saying, "this album sounds much more like an Los Angeles album than its predecessor" and that the rapper "has a terrific voice, bassy and raspy". Similarly, The A.V. Club wrote that The Game "boasts a raspy-voiced, belligerent charisma" and that the album "succeeds primarily on the strength of its beats." As of March 2008, the album has sold over 966,000 units in the United States 3 Millon Worldwide .
|1||"Lookin' At You||Urban "E.P." Pope||Tracey Nelson & Mac Minister||3:37|
|2||"Da Shit"||DJ Khalil||Tracey Nelson||5:23|
|3||"It's Okay (One Blood)"||Reefa, D-Roc||Junior Reid||4:17|
|6||"Let's Ride"||Scott Storch||3:57|
|7||"Too Much"||Scott Storch||Nate Dogg||4:11|
|8||"Wouldn't Get Far"||Kanye West||Kanye West||4:11|
|9||"Scream on 'Em"||Swizz Beatz||Swizz Beatz||4:20|
|10||"One Night"||Nottz||Andrea Martin||4:27|
|11||"Doctor's Advocate"||J. R. Rotem||Busta Rhymes & Chauncey Black||5:03|
|13||"California Vacation"||J. R. Rotem||Snoop Dogg & Xzibit||4:29|
|14||"Bang"||Jelly Roll||Tha Dogg Pound||3:37|
|15||"Around the World"||Mr. Porter||Jamie Foxx||4:02|
|16||"Why You Hate The Game"||Just Blaze||Nas & Marsha Ambrosius||9:22|
|17||"I'm Chillin'" (UK Version)||will.i.am||Fergie||4:33|
|1||"Breathe Eazy"||RiZ & Nu Jerzey Devil||4:33|
|2||"Around the Way"||Keyshia Cole||3:49|
"It's Okay (One Blood)"
"Wouldn't Get Far"
"Why You Hate The Game"
- "Swahililand" by Ahmad Jamal
|Australia Top 100 Albums||28|
|Austrian Albums Chart||46|
|Dutch Albums Chart||40|
|French Albums Chart||27|
|German Albums Chart||29|
|Irish Albums Chart||8|
|New Zealand Albums Chart||15|
|Norwegian Albums Chart||24|
|Swiss Albums Chart||15|
|U.S. Billboard 200||1|
|UK Albums Chart||21|
|United World Chart||1|
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