The Documentary
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Studio album by The Game


18 January 2005


June 2003 - October 2004 at Can-Am Studios (Tarzana, CA), Record One Studios (Sherman Oaks, CA), Enterprise Studios, Larrabee Sound Studios, Encore Studios (Burbank, CA), The Record Room (Miama, FL), Treesound Studios (Atlanta, GA), Baseline Recording Studios (NYC, NY), Hit Factory Criteria (Miama, FL), Enormous Studios (Los Angeles, CA), Teklab Studio (Cincinnati, OH), 54 Sound (Detroit, MI), 50 House (Farmington, CT) and The Stash House (Bronx, NY)


Hip hop






50 Cent (exec.), Mark Batson, Jeff Bhasker, Buckwild, Che Vicious, Cool & Dre, Dr. Dre (also exec.), Mike Elizondo, Eminem, Focus..., Havoc, Hi-Tek, Nate "Danja Handz" Hills, Just Blaze, Needlz, Jeff Reed, Luis Resto, Scott Storch, Timbaland, Kanye West

The Game chronology


Untold Story (2004)


West Coast Resurrection (2005)

The Documentary is the debut major-label studio album by American rapper The Game, released in 2005 on Aftermath Entertainment, G-Unit Records and Interscope Records. After recoving from a near-fatal shooting in 2001, The Game began pursuing a career rapping, and was later discovered by Dr. Dre, who signed him to his Aftermath label. The album features a star-studded line-up of producers, such as Dr. Dre, Kanye West, Havoc, Just Blaze, Scott Storch and Timbaland, among others. The album features several prominent guest appearances, including 50 Cent, Eminem, Nate Dogg and Faith Evans. This would be The Game's only album on Aftermath and G-Unit, as he left the label after he had a falling out with labelmate 50 Cent.

The Documentary debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, selling 586,000 copies in its first week. Upon its release, the album received generally positive reviews, with critics praising the album's production, but The Game's lyrics garnered a mixed reception. Since its release, The Game and this album in particular have been credited as a driving force in reviving the West Coast hip hop scene, which had been overshadowed by artists from the East, Midwest and South during the early 2000s. In 2005, the RIAA certified the album two times platinum and it has since sold over five million copies worldwide. It remains as The Game's best-selling album to date. In 2015, The Game released a sequel to the album, titled The Documentary 2.

Track listing[edit | edit source]

No. Title Performer(s) Writer(s) Producer(s) Time
1. "Intro" - - Dr. Dre, Che Vicious 0:33
2. "Westside Story" The Game, 50 Cent Elizondo, Jackson, Storch, Taylor, Young Dr. Dre, Scott Storch 3:43
3. "Dreams" The Game Taylor, West Kanye West 4:47
4. "Hate It or Love It" The Game, 50 Cent Jackson, Lyon, Taylor, Valenzano Cool & Dre 3:26
5. "Higher" The Game Batson, Elizondo, Jackson, Pope, Taylor, Young Dr. Dre, Mark Batson 4:05
6. "How We Do" The Game, 50 Cent Elizondo, Jackson, Taylor, Young Dr. Dre, Mike Elizondo 3:56
7. "Don't Need Your Love" The Game, Faith Evans Muchita, Taylor Havoc 4:26
8. "Church for Thugs" The Game Smith, Taylor Just Blaze 4:01
9. "Put You on the Game" The Game Hills, Mosely, Taylor Timbaland, Nate "Danja Handz" Hills (co.) 4:14
10. "Start from Scratch" The Game, Marsha Storch, Taylor, Young Dr. Dre, Scott Storch 4:07
11. "The Documentary" The Game Bhasker, Taylor Jeff Bhasker, Jeff Reed (co.) 4:11
12. "Runnin'" The Game, Tony Yayo Bernard, Cottrell, Jenkins, Taylor Hi-Tek 4:27
13. "No More Fun and Games" The Game Smith, Taylor Just Blaze 2:38
14. "We Ain't" The Game, Eminem King, Mathers, Resto, Taylor Eminem, Luis Resto (co.) 4:47
15. "Where I'm From" The Game, Nate Dogg Edwards, Taylor Focus... 3:09
16. "Special" The Game, Nate Dogg Elizondo, Flower, Taylor, Young Needlz 3:58
17. "Don't Worry" The Game, Mary J. Blige Cain, Taylor Dr. Dre, Mike Elizondo 4:12
18. "Like Father, Like Son" The Game, Busta Rhymes Best, Smith, Taylor Buckwild 5:28
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