Picks and Pans Review: The Game

updated 09/08/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/08/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

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REVIEWED BY IVORY JEFF CLINTON

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"I ain't buyin' that the best rappers is Kanye and [Lil] Wayne," the Game raps on "Ya Heard," from his third album. LAX makes a strong case for adding the Game to the hottest emcees short list. The hit "My Life" showcases his introspective rhymes ("Take me away from the hood like a state penitentiary/Take me away from the hood in a casket or a Bentley") and he spits fire on the synth-laced "Money." Despite the usual guns-and-girls shtick, LAX highlights a rapper who stepped up his game.
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