On January 18, 2005, Aftermath Records released one of the best albums of their storied lineage. However, despite a roster full of stars, said project wasn’t from a big name like Dre, 50 Cent or Eminem. Instead, the project was from The Game, a hungry rookie from Compton who had emerged as a hood superstar and Dre’s proclaimed savior of West Coast rap. His debut album was The Documentary, a resounding homage to his troubled upbringing in California and all the rappers who influenced him along the way.
To pay tribute to Game’s renown debut on it’s ten year anniversary, we’ve drummed up these ten facts most folks wouldn’t know about project. Read up and throw your W’s high.
1. It Wasn’t Originally Called The Documentary.
Listen to the lyrics on “Dreams” and you’ll hear Game refer to his album as N*gga Wit’ An Attitude Volume 1, which was originally slated to be the name of his major label debut. However, legal battles with Eazy-E’s widow forced them to change. Thus, The Documentary was born.
2. The Album Almost Got Shelved.
50 Cent claims Interscope brought him in to help salvage the LP, which was apparently on the verge of being scrapped. Game disputed this in an interview with Funkmaster Flex, but we wouldn’t put anything past Mr. Iovine.