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    Tue, 18 Nov 2014 08:45:43

    Album Review: Game "Blood Moon: Year of the Wolf" – 5 out of 5 stars - By ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino...

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    Game literally chops up rap music and the next generation on Blood Moon: Year of the Wolf. This compilation remains his fieriest statement to date, and that says a lot. Revving the chainsaw on the bombastic and brilliant opener "Bigger Than Me", he cuts down everybody, dropping some of his toughest bars to date. It's followed up appropriately by the vibrant call-out "F.U.N." Yo Gotti, 2 Chainz, Soulja Boy, and T.I. augment "Really" with an undeniably epic flare. You can't deny the power of these titans together on the same track, and they relish the moment, each stepping up to the plate and knocking a verse out of the park.

    Keeping up a long line of formidable collaborations including the classic "My Life", Game and Lil Wayne go bar-for-bar on "F**k Yo Feelings" and they bring Chris Brown along for the ride. It's one of the album's standouts with its swooping grandiosity and auto-tuned intensity. Meanwhile, Ty Dolla Sign lends his inimitable croon to the club banger "On One", while Problem makes a striking cameo on "Or Nah" along with Too $hort, AV, and Eric Bellinger.

    At the end of the day, this is all about Game. He asserts his dominance with each and every track. He unloads the raw on "Black on Black" with Jeezy and Kevin Gates, while "Hit Em Hard" lives up to its title with a flurry of fire from Bobby Shmurda, Skeme, and Freddie Gibbs.

    Everbody's cut up in Game's wake. Hear him howl on one of the year's best albums.

    Rick Florino
    11.18.14


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