By the halfway point of the Game's latest, the thug-or-die rapper has mentioned the Impala brand at least eight times, which means he was probably paid a lot to name-drop in hopes that his third, a vertable tribute to OG California full of Glocks and crack rocks, would be equally successful. And it should be, considering a golden guest list including Lil Wayne, Ludacris and Nas among others, not to mention all-star producers like Scott Storch, Kanye West and J.R. Rotem.
However, once you get past all that, the end result just barely rises above mediocrity. At 19 tracks, LAX is bloated and uneven, more often than not marked by weak beats and uninspired appearances. The Game's skill and wit alone save this from being a complete disaster.