Today in Hip-Hop History: January 18th, 2005
The Game drops The Documentary
Today in Hip-hop history marks the eleven year anniversary of The Game‘s monumental debut studio album, The Documentary. Released by Interscope Records, Aftermath, and G-Unit Records, The Documentary received positive reviews due to the revitalized west coast aesthetic created by the producers. With producers like Dr. Dre, Scott Storch, Hi-Tek, and Kanye West, The Game’s album debuted at the number one spot of the US Billboard Top 200, selling more than half a million copies within its first week.
The Documentary consisted of heavy hitting features like Eminem, Nate Dogg, and Mary J. Blige; complete with heavily inspired lyricism like:
Blushin’ in this 40 ounce, lettin’ the ink from my pen bleed
Cause Martin Luther King had a (dream)
Aaliyah had a (dream), Left Eye had a (dream)
So I reached out to Kanye and (I brought you all my dreams)
(Cause I love you, I love you, I love you)
In honor of this day, it’s important to note that Kanye West samples Martin Luther King Jr. on “Dreams.”
Eat, Pray, and Love MLKJR.