The Rundown: Game, Jesus Piece

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"Dead People"

"Dead People" is the first time Dr. Dre's produced a song for Game since his 2005 debut, The Documentary. It's strange that such a potentially big moment is tucked away as a bonus track — especially because the song is great. Like on "Blood Diamonds," Game links violence and materialism: The "Dead People" are both the presidents on dollar bills and the bodies left in their wake. The soft delivery perfectly matches Dre's paranoid production, which recalls the spooky piano tinkles of "Murder Ink" from his 2001 album. Yes, it's strange, and somewhat of a letdown that the religious loose ends explored throughout the bulk of the album are left hanging so blatantly unanswered. But sonically, Game once again shows off his expert ear for beat selection. And rhyme-wise, he actually managed to improve over his last outing — no easy feat this deep into his career. He may not solve any millenia-old spiritual dilemmas, but Game does achieve a more immediate goal: delivering a good album.

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