Can you ignore an album that features Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Wiz Khalifa, KRS-1, Big Daddy Kane, Lil Wayne, Pharell, Jim Jones, Fabolous, T-Pain, Ashanti (didn’t she become a B-rated actress?), Bun B, RZA, Rick Ross, Mistah FAB, Funkmaster Flex, Travis Barker and Swizz Beatz. That’s a rhetorical question.
Now before all of you detractors respond “That’s all pop hip hop–not that UNDERGROUND shit,” take a moment–repeat all the names in that list–and then if you don’t recognize all the contributions (at all levels) that many of those artists have had on hip hop–then quit reading because you don’t see the big picture of hip hop. The Game clearly pulls weight to have all these artists to contribute on a mixtape. A mixtape! Granted RZA isn’t happy about his beat being included.
That said–the two disc packed Purp & Patron mixtape is like the combination of getting so high and drunk and waking up the next morning only to regret the blatant excess. Purp & Patron is balanced with slamming beats, pop trash, guns blaring talk, old school hip hop, and candy coated car, chain blinging references. Meaning there’s a hell of lot to like–and forget. Tracks like “Favorite DJ Remix” are head bangers (by far the best beat), but then there are also tracks like “Can A Drummer Get Some” which feels trite (sorry Travis Barker this track was better for Avril Lavigne) with flat lyrics like Wayne’s “I’m a F N star, get it?.” Yes–we get it.
“Purp & Patron is balanced with slamming beats, pop trash, guns blaring talk, old school hip hop, and candy coated car, chain blinging references. Meaning there’s a hell of lot to like–and to forget.”
Yes this is pop hip hop. Yes we’ve heard a lot of this before. But Purp & Patron is a complete offering of The Games’ versatility, giving listeners the opportunity to hear the soft side (alongside Ashanti), the weed smoker (toking with Wiz Khalifia), the gansta (talking 187), the battle emcee (“Soo Woo”) and hip hop historian (tipping the cap to KRS-1, Big Daddy Kane and Doug E. Fresh).
The Game: “Favorite DJ Remix” (Ft. Jim Jones and Clinton Sparks)