Purp & Patron

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Purp & Patron
Mixtape by Game
Released January 24, 2011
Recorded 2011
Genre Hip hop, gangsta rap
Length 2:00:59
Label BWS
Producer Pharrell Williams, Dr. Dre, Ervin 'EP' Pope, Bink, DJ Shake, Nottz, 1500 or Nothin', Che Vicious, D.A. Dorman, Cool & Dre, RZA, Stargate, Mike City, Raw Uncut, Denaun Porter, DJ Haze, DJ Green Lantern, Travis Barker
Game chronology
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Purp & Patron
Hoodmorning (notypo): Candy Coronas

Purp & Patron is a double disc mixtape by West Coast rapper Game released as a free online download on January 24, 2011. The mixtape is hosted by DJ Skee and Funkmaster Flex.[1] The mixtape's production was handled by several record producers, including Dr. Dre, Ervin 'EP' Pope, The Neptunes, Bink, DJ Shake, Nottz, 1500 or Nothin', Che Vicious, D.A. Dorman, Cool & Dre, RZA, Stargate, Mike City, Raw Uncut, Denaun Porter, DJ Haze, DJ Green Lantern, and Travis Barker, among others.

Features on the mixtape include Pharrell Williams, Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne, Mistah F.A.B., Wiz Khalifa, Fabolous, Mysonne, T-Pain, Rick Ross, Ashanti, Kurupt, Lil Boosie, Jim Jones, Clinton Sparks, Swizz Beatz, Travis Barker, Doug E. Fresh, Big Daddy Kane, Bun B and KRS-One.

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.[2] 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.[3] 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.[2]


It was reported that rapper RZA, who produced Game's Heartbreaker track, was issuing a cease-and-desist order over the track.[4] 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..."[5]


Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Los Angeles Times (favorable)[6]
PopMatters (4/10)[7]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[8]
Vibe (favorable)[9]
DJBooth.net 3.5/5 stars[10]

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".[6] 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".[8] 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".[9] 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".[7] 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."[10]

Track listing[edit]

Disc 1
No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "L.A. Times"   Ervin 'EP' Pope 4:17
2. "In My '64" (Feat. Pharrell & Snoop Dogg) Pharrell Williams 3:16
3. "Soo Woo" (Feat. Lil Wayne) Bink 4:52
4. "Living Better Now" (Feat. Detail & Tools) DJ Shake 4:09
5. "R.I.P. Story"   Nottz 3:44
6. "Purp & Patron" (Feat. Sam Hook, Menace & TD) DJ Shake 3:58
7. "I'm the King (Remix)" (Feat. Mistah F.A.B. & The Jacka) 1500 or Nothin' 5:03
8. "Taylor Made" (Feat. Wiz Khalifa) Che Vicious 3:50
9. "Childrens Story"   Ervin 'EP' Pope 3:53
10. "Dead"   1500 or Nothin' 3:32
11. "Ferrari Lifestyle" (Feat. Fabolous & Jim Lavigne) David D.A. Doman 3:26
12. "The Kill"   Cool & Dre 4:23
13. "Heart Breaker" (Feat. Rev. Burke) RZA 3:56
14. "Purp & Yellow (SKEETOX)" (Feat. Wiz Khalifa & Snoop Dogg) Stargate, Skeetox 2:54
Disc 2
No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Burn NY" (Feat. Mysonne) Mike City 5:01
2. "Bad Intentions"   DJ Shake 3:11
3. "Khaki Suit" (Feat. T-Pain) T-Pain 2:33
4. "Wonderful World"   DJ Shake 3:06
5. "Ashed to Ashes" (Feat. Rick Ross) Raw Uncut 2:34
6. "Dedicated" (Feat. Pharrell) Pharrell Williams 3:12
7. "Soft Rhodes" (Feat. Ashanti) Dr. Dre 3:46
8. "I Just Want to Fuck" (Feat. Kurupt) Denaun Porter 3:04
9. "187" (Feat. Lil Boosie) Ervin 'EP' Pope 3:59
10. "Whip It" (Feat. Fabolous) DJ Haze 3:29
11. "Favorite DJ (Remix)" (Feat. Clinton Sparks, Jim Jones & Bun B) DJ Green Lantern 5:12
12. "Supastar" (Feat. Mike Epps & Ashley Cole) Ervin 'EP' Pope 5:34
13. "Can a Drummer Get Some" (Feat. Travis Barker, Swizz Beatz, Lil Wayne & Rick Ross) Travis Barker 3:21
14. "History" (Feat. Doug E. Fresh, Big Daddy Kane & KRS-One) Ervin 'EP' Pope, Doug E. Fresh 6:07
15. "The Ocean" (Feat. Dre) (uncredited by Busta Rhymes) Dr. Dre, Che Vicious 4:34
Purp & Patron: The Hangover
No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "The Hangover"   Timbaland 3:48
2. "California"     5:15
3. "Yung Stunna" (Feat. Birdman)   3:12
4. "Violin"     3:56
5. "Sex"     1:05
6. "White Soft Porn" (Feat. Mars, Asher Roth & Tyga)   3:18
7. "Get Familiar" (Feat. Timbaland)   3:22
8. "Lost" (Feat. K-Young)   3:53
9. "I'm Home" (Feat. Kurupt)   4:17
10. "This Way" (Feat. JoiStaRR) Mars 3:36
11. "3D" (Feat. David Banner) Mars 3:06
12. "Drama" (Feat. Ghostface Killah & Joell Ortiz) Sean C & LV 4:24
13. "Lovebirds"   Andre 3000 2:19
14. "Philly Mega Mix" (Feat. Young Chris, Eve, Black Thought, Money Malc, Fat Joe, Fred the Godson, Diggy Simmons & Jermaine Dupri)   7:52
15. "Undefeated" (Feat. Busta Rhymes & Marsha Ambrosius)   4:29


  1. ^ "New Music: Game – ‘Purp & Patron’ [Mixtape]". Rap-Up.com. 2011-01-24. Retrieved 2012-03-06. 
  2. ^ a b Matthew Perpetua (2011-01-28). "The Game Shocked By Runaway Success of 'Purp and Patron' Mixtape | Music News". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-03-06. 
  3. ^ "Game Announces Purp & Patron Mixtape". Rapfix.mtv.com. 2010-12-26. Retrieved 2012-03-06. 
  4. ^ "RZA Threatens To Sue Game Over Mixtape Track". The Urban Daily. 2011-01-31. Retrieved 2012-03-06. 
  5. ^ "Wu-Tang’s RZA Says He Will Not Sue Game". Rapfix.mtv.com. 2011-02-07. Retrieved 2012-03-06. 
  6. ^ a b Weiss, Jeff. Review: Purp & Patron. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved on 2011-01-31.
  7. ^ a b Amidon, David. Review: Purp & Patron. PopMatters. Retrieved on 2011-02-20.
  8. ^ a b Rosen, Jody. Review: Purp & Patron. Rolling Stone. Retrieved on 2011-01-31.
  9. ^ a b Fresh, Mikey. Review: Purp & Patron. Vibe. Retrieved on 2011-02-07.
  10. ^ a b Slavik, Nathan. Purp & Patron Review. DJBooth.net. Retrieved on 2011-08-02.

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