What the Game's Been Missing!

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What the Game's Been Missing!
Studio album by Juelz Santana
Released November 22, 2005 (U.S.)
Recorded 2004-2005
Genre East Coast rap, Gangsta rap
Length 75:57
Label Diplomat, Def Jam
Producer Shoddy AKA Shottie, Terrence Anderson, Cliff Carlisle, Chaos & Order, Filthy, Ebonikz, Heatmakerz, DJ Infamous, Darren Joseph, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, DJ Nasty & LVM, Mayhem, Soul Sizzle, StreetRunner, Develop, Neo Da Matrix
Juelz Santana chronology
From Me to U
(2003)
What the Game's Been Missing!
(2005)
Born to Lose, Built to Win
(TBA)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [1]
RapReviews (6.5/10) [2]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[3]
Pitchfork Media (6.9/10) [4]
PopMatters 7/10 stars [5]
The Source 3.5/5 stars
Vibe 3.5/5 stars [6]
XXL 3/5 stars

What the Game's Been Missing! is the second studio album by rapper Juelz Santana. The album was released on November 22, 2005 on Diplomat Records and Def Jam Recordings. The album yielded the singles "Mic Check", "There It Go (The Whistle Song)", "Oh Yes" and "Clockwork".[7][8]

Concept[edit]

Development[edit]

In an interview with Hip Hop Canada, Juelz Santana remarked that his approach to the making of "What the Game's Been Missing" was different from his other albums, noting the amount of effort and work he was able to contribute to it, saying:

"I'm definitely going to say that I like this album the best mainly because I got to work on it and I got to grow with it. I took care of a lot of things on it and not to say that my other albums were not good, but I just got to put more work into the making of this one."

Originally 160 songs were recorded for the album,[9] taking over a year to make. He described the process as "learning how to ride a bike." asserting to the fact that the basis of the album developed deeper into production. The album was also influenced by the 1994 film Fresh, In the song "Lil' Boy Fresh" he loosely summarizes the story from beginning to end.

Feature appearances[edit]

Regular collaborators include labelmates, such as Cam'ron who features on three songs, and Hell Rell who appears on one track.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Intro (Juelz Santana/What the Game's Been Missing)"   Develop 2:18
2. "Rumble Young Man Rumble"   J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League 2:34
3. "Oh Yes"   Heatmakerz 3:01
4. "Shottas" (featuring Cam'ron & Sizzla) Heatmakerz 4:35
5. "Clockwork"   Chaos & Order 3:05
6. "Kill 'Em" (featuring Cam'ron) Shoddy AKA Shottie 3:26
7. "This Is Me"   The Ratt Pakk 2:54
8. "Make It Work for You" (featuring Lil Wayne & Young Jeezy) Doe Boyz, DJ Infamous 3:51
9. "Whatever U Wanna Call It" (featuring Hell Rell) Shoddy AKA Shottie 4:10
10. "Gangsta Shit"   Doe Boyz, DJ Infamous 3:09
11. "Lil' Boy Fresh"   Manti 3:53
12. "Good Times"   Neo Da Matrix 3:29
13. "Freaky"   Develop, DJ Infamous 2:58
14. "Murda Murda" (featuring Cam'ron) The Runners, DJ Nasty, L.V.M. 4:04
15. "Gone"   Streetrunner & Ebonikz 3:58
16. "Kid Is Back"   Soul Sizzle 2:46
17. "Changes" (featuring Razah) Shoddy AKA Shottie 3:51
18. "I Am Crack"   Reefa 3:37
19. "There It Go (The Whistle Song)"   Daren Joseph, Terence Anderson 3:00
20. "Violence" (featuring Bezel) Heatmakerz 4:14
21. "Daddy"   Heatmakerz 4:08
22. "Mic Check"   Neo Da Matrix 2:56

Samples[edit]

  • "Oh Yes" contains a sample of "Please Mr. Postman" by The Marvelettes
  • "Lil' Boy Fresh" contains a sample of "I've Got to Be" by Eddie Kendricks
  • "Murda Murda" contains a sample of "Welcome to Jamrock" by Damian Marley
  • "Gone" contains a sample of "Mark of the Beast" by Shirley Caesar
  • "Daddy" contains a sample of "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" by Aerosmith
  • "Mic Check" contains a sample of "Roots Mural Theme" by Quincy Jones

Chart performance[edit]

What the Game's Been Missing! peaked at #1 on both the Top Rap Albums and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts and #9 in the Billboard 200 chart according to Billboard.com.[8] As of September 2006 the album has sold over 655,000 copies.[10]

Chart Position
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums # 1
Billboard 200 # 9

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