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The Documentary 2.5 is the seventh studio album by American rapper The Game. It was released on October 16, 2015, by Blood Money Entertainment and eOne Music. The album is the second half for the two-piece project that was divided from the first half of his sixth album The Documentary 2 (2015), which was released a week earlier. The album features guest appearances from will.i.am, Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Nas, DJ Quik, Busta Rhymes and Problem, among others. The album was supported by the single: "El Chapo" with Skrillex.

The Documentary 2.5
The-Documentary-2.5.jpg
Studio album by The Game
Released October 16, 2015 (2015-10-16)
Recorded 2013–15
Studio Record Room Studios
(Miami, Florida)
Chalice Recording Studios
(Hollywood, California)
Genre
Length 73:50
Label
Producer
The Game chronology
The Documentary 2
(2015)The Documentary 22015
The Documentary 2.5
(2015)
Streets of Compton
(2016)Streets of Compton2016
Singles from The Documentary 2.5
  1. "El Chapo"
    Released: October 9, 2015

Contents

SinglesEdit

The lead single from The Documentary 2.5, "El Chapo" was released on October 9, 2015. The song features a duet and additional vocals from disc jockey Skrillex, who also produced this track, alongside Mr. Bangladesh and Nastradomas.

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic79/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic     [2]
Billboard     [3]
NOW     [4]
RapReviews9/10[5]
HipHopDX     [6]
Zumic     [7]

The Documentary 2.5 received widespread reviews from contemporary music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 79, which indicates "generally favorable reviews", based on 6 reviews.[8]

Commercial performanceEdit

The Documentary 2.5 debuted at number 6 on the US Billboard 200, with 42,000 copies and 48,000 units (including streams) in its first week.[9] As of November 4, 2015, the album sold a total of 55,000 copies in the United States.[10]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."New York Skit"
  • Jayceon Taylor
  • Stanley Benton
  • Stat Quo
  • The Game
2:34
2."Magnus Carlsen" (featuring Anderson .Paak)
Bongo5:29
3."Crenshaw / 80s and Cocaine" (featuring Anderson .Paak and Sonyae)
4:35
4."Gang Bang Anyway" (featuring Jay Rock and Schoolboy Q)Bongo5:05
5."The Ghetto" (featuring Nas and will.i.am)
will.i.am6:01
6."From Adam" (featuring Lil Wayne)
Cool & Dre3:45
7."Gang Related" (featuring Asia Bryant)
  • Taylor
  • Asia Bryant
  • Ebong
Bongo4:09
8."Last Time You Seen" (featuring Scarface and Stacy Barthe)
3:50
9."Intoxicated" (featuring Deion[12])DJ Khalil3:04
10."Quik's Groove (The One)" (featuring DJ Quik, Sevyn Streeter and Micah)
DJ Quik5:41
11."Outside" (featuring E-40, Mvrcus Blvck and Lil E)
4:00
12."Up on the Wall" (featuring Problem, Ty Dolla $ign and YG)Battlecat5:05
13."Sex Skit"
  • Taylor
  • Ebong
Bongo2:51
14."My Flag / Da Homies" (featuring Ty Dolla $ign, Jay305, AD, Mitchy Slick, Joe Moses, RJ and Skeme)
DJ Mustard6:37
15."Moment of Violence" (featuring King Mez, JT and Jon Connor)
3:22
16."Like Father, Like Son 2" (featuring Busta Rhymes)The Alchemist4:44
17."Life"Tone Mason2:58
Total length:73:50
iTunes bonus track
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
18."El Chapo" (with Skrillex)
3:40
Total length:77:30
Notes
  • "Like Father, Like Son 2" contains additional vocals performed by Harlem Caron Taylor and King Justice Taylor.
  • Adam Turchin — saxophone's
  • Koofreh Umoren — trumpet
Sample credits
  • "Magnus Carlsen" contains samples of "Rocket Love" performed by Stevie Wonder.
  • "Crenshaw / 80s and Cocaine" contains samples of "Power of Soul" performed by Idris Muhammed, and "Blow Your Head" performed by Fred Wesley and The J.B.s.
  • "The Ghetto" contains samples of "Tower Of Power" performed by Sparkling in the Sand.
  • "From Adam" conatins samples of "Who Made You Go" performed by Faith, Hope & Charity.
  • "Up on the Wall" contains samples of "Get Down on It", written by James "J.T." Taylor, Ronald Bell, performed by Kool & the Gang.
  • "Like Father, Like Son 2" contains samples of "Like Father, Like Son" performed by The Game.
  • "Life" contains samples of "You Give Good Love" performed by Whitney Houston, and "Some How Some Way" performed by Jay Z.
  • "El Chapo" contains samples of "Granada" performed by Frank Sinatra.

ChartsEdit

Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (2015) Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[15] 80
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[16] 8
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[17] 89
French Albums (SNEP)[18] 86
German Albums (GfK Entertainment)[19] 45
Irish Albums (IRMA)[20] 32
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[21] 24
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[22] 20
UK Albums (OCC)[23] 23
UK R&B Albums (OCC)[24] 3
US Billboard 200[25] 6
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[26] 1
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[27] 2

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (2015) Peak
position
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[28] 32
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[29] 69

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/music/the-documentary-25/the-game
  2. ^ Weiss, Jeff. "The Documentary 2.5 Album Review". Allmusic. Retrieved November 11, 2015. 
  3. ^ Weiss, Jeff. "The Game Proves He's Still Relevant With 'The Documentary 2' and '2.5': Album Review". Billboard. Retrieved October 16, 2015. 
  4. ^ JUNEJA, RAOUL. "The Game - The Documentary 2/2.5". NOW. Retrieved October 21, 2015. 
  5. ^ Soul, Jay. "The Game :: The Documentary 2 & Documentary 2.5". Rap Reviews. Retrieved October 20, 2015. 
  6. ^ Bisnoff, Jason. "The Game - The Documentary 2.5 - Album Reviews | HipHopDX". HipHopDX. Retrieved October 16, 2015. 
  7. ^ Francois, Sebastien. ""The Documentary 2.5" – The Game [Official Full Album Stream + Zumic Review]". Zumic. Retrieved November 3, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Reviews for The Documentary 2.5 by The Game - Metacritic". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved December 13, 2015. 
  9. ^ Caulfield, Keith (2015-10-26). "Pentatonix Scores First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-10-26. 
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  16. ^ "Game Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved October 27, 2015.
  17. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – The Game – The Documentary 2.5" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved October 24, 2015.
  18. ^ "Lescharts.com – The Game – The Documentary 2.5". Hung Medien. Retrieved October 25, 2015.
  19. ^ "Album Top 100". mtv.de. 
  20. ^ "GFK Chart-Track Albums: Week 43, 2015". Chart-Track. IRMA. Retrieved October 23, 2015.
  21. ^ "NZ Top 40 Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. October 26, 2015. Retrieved October 23, 2015. 
  22. ^ "Swisscharts.com – The Game – The Documentary 2.5". Hung Medien. Retrieved October 28, 2015.
  23. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 24, 2015.
  24. ^ "Official R&B Albums Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 24, 2015.
  25. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/chart-beat/6738540/pentatonix-first-no-1-album-billboard-200-chart
  26. ^ "Game Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved October 27, 2015.
  27. ^ "Game Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved October 27, 2015.
  28. ^ "Billboard Independent Albums- Year-end Chart". Billboard. Retrieved December 9, 2015. 
  29. ^ "Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums- Year-end Chart". Billboard. Retrieved December 9, 2015.