48. The Game, The Documentary
Release Date: 1/18/2005
Game understood the significance debuts hold in hip-hop. After all, we're talking about a guy who rhymed, "I'm Ready To Die without a Reasonable Doubt/Smoke Chronic and hit it Doggystyle before I go out." At this point, Game's debut is sometimes best remembered for the controversy that surrounded it at the time of its release. Namely, Game's highly publicised falling out with G-Unit and 50's claim that he wrote all of Game's hits.
But whether or not 50's claims are true are besides the point. The only thing that matters is that Game's debut had top-shelf production, catchy hooks, and effective rapping. Best of all, the singles were gangsta but glossy, built for the radio and for the streets. Game's arranged G-Unit marriage wasn't meant to last, but it's too bad because as his debut proved, it was a match made in heaven.