Upon its release, the mixtape was critically acclaimed and an internet download success, with over 200,000 copies downloaded in just one day. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Game stated that he had his associates checking on the mixtape's status and he stated that they now we're close to 1.1 million downloads in three days with all the sites combined. An additional third disc, titled Purp & Patron: The Hangover, was released on January 31, 2011.
While awaiting an exact release date for his upcoming most anticipated album The R.E.D. Album, Game decided to go on ahead and release his third mixtape titled Purp & Patron. The mixtape was set out for his fans while he continued to prep for his fourth studio release. On January 7, 2011 Game leaked the cover art to the mixtape and confirmed that he would release it. After the release of the mixtape Game was asked how long it took him to make the mixtape he stated that the mixtape took him about seven days to put it all together.
It was reported that rapper RZA, who produced Game's Heartbreaker track, was issuing a cease-and-desist order over the track. Later RZA cleared up the controversy in an interview with RapFix affiliate and Wake Up Show host King Tech saying "...I COULD NEVER TAKE GAME TO COURT... I LOVE THAT DUDE..."
Los Angeles Times writer Jeff Weiss noted on the mixtapes music that it's "Combined and scattered amid all the compulsive name-drops, '93 West Coast posturing and abhorrent Kardashian family drops, is something very good. Maybe not as excellent as his steroid-era classic, The Documentary, or the jilted lunacy of Doctor's Advocate, but rock solid nonetheless. Far from revolutionary, but a nice addition to a deceptively estimable catalog". Giving it a 3.5 out of 5 stars Rolling Stone writer Jody Rosen cited it as something that fans of Game "never quite experienced from him: fun" also commenting on Game's music that "The beats, by everyone from the Neptunes to Dr. Dre, are taut and funky, but the Game's charisma holds center stage".Vibe writer Mikey Fresh stated that "While Game's highly anticipated R.E.D. Album seems to be on its way to becoming Detox Jr., Chuck Taylor throws two dishes worth of hors d'oeuvres in the form of Purp & Patron, to wet [sic] our appetites until the arrival of the full course meal". Giving it a 4 out of 10 rating, David Amidon of PopMatters criticized the way Game name-drops stating that "brands, cars, other rappers, their parents, their siblings, neighborhoods, actors, directors, homeless people, flight attendants, police officers, EMTs, waiters, bitties in the BK lounge, and really just about any name that comes to his mind" and "in his eagerness to do this shit, he almost always loses track of where he started a verse". Nathan Slavik of DJBooth.net gave the project an "Above Average" review, stating, "None of these tracks are hits, but they certainly indicate that a hitmaker still lurks underneath that face tattoo."