Thursday 24 Apr
 
 

Norman rock well

Norman Music Festival

6 p.m.-2 a.m. Thursday, 3:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday and noon-2 a.m. Saturday

Downtown Norman

normanmusicfestival.com

Free

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Grouplovin’ it

Grouplove with MS MR and Smallpools

6:30 p.m. Monday

Diamond Ballroom

8001 S. Eastern Ave.

diamondballroom.net

677-9169

$22-$24

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Hear and now

Hear the Music Tour with The Warren Brothers and Lance Miller

6-10 p.m. Friday

Rodeo Opry

2221 Exchange Ave.

songsforsound.com

$35-$50

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Odyssey of the mind

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey 

with Culture Cinematic and ADDverse Effects

9 p.m. Friday

Twisted Root Gallery

3012 N. Walker Ave.

twistedrootgallery.com

208-4288

$10

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Frndz with benefits

Boyfrndz with Bored Wax and The Hitt Boyz

9 p.m. Sunday

Blue Note Lounge

2408 N. Robinson Ave.

thebluenotelounge.com

600-1166

$5

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The Game — Jesus Piece


Ryan Querbach December 13th, 2012

Rapper The Game has released his fifth studio album, Jesus Piece. The project is the Compton, Calif., MC’s attempt to rebound from his lackluster fourth LP, last year’s The R.E.D. Album.

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Game is far from alone on this work, inviting more than 20 artists, mostly other rappers, to join him. In fact, he only flies solo on one song. Some of the features certainly wouldn’t be missed, but guest spots from great rappers like Kanye West, J. Cole, Common, Pusha T and Kendrick Lamar are refreshing.

Although the amount of guest spots may seem unnecessary — and at times, it is — this album is pretty high-quality. Game seems to have recaptured the passion that was mostly lacking on his last effort, and Jesus Piece better shows his true potential. While much of his rapping includes name-dropping and wealth-flaunting, his technique is on point throughout.

Production on Jesus Piece is pretty great, with beats coming from the likes of Boi-1da, Cool & Dre, Jake One and the relatively unknown Black Metaphor.

Not surprisingly, the features kind of dictate which of the songs are better. For instance, the title track, featuring Common and Kanye, is outstanding. Kanye only assists with the hook, but Game and Common come on strong with quality verses over a great Boi-1da beat.

The J. Cole-assisted “Pray” is another track that stands out. Joining the two rappers on the Cool & Dre-produced song is singer JMSN, who handles the hook. Game and Cole lay down some excellent verses over a fantastic beat that includes a great sample from Sleep Party People’s “I’m Not Human at All.”

Also strong is “See No Evil,” which features Kendrick Lamar and R&B singer Tank, who drops a solid hook. The two Compton rappers put forth some great rhyming over another solid beat. It’s refreshing to see Game, who is approaching veteran status, welcome assistance from a West Coast rookie like Lamar.

A few complaints about the album are related mostly to the abundance of features. A few tracks, like “All That Lady” and “Celebration,” arguably include too many guest spots. These songs have a feel like they would be on a DJ Khaled album, which is never a good thing. While they’re not terrible and have their moments, they bring down the overall quality of the disc.

The Game has had an interesting career, dropping mostly good albums ,but never being able to maintain a solid reputation as a great rapper. Jesus Piece has its problems, but shows flashes of the great rapper that Game is capable of being. —Ryan Querbach

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