Game Face

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Game Face
Game face.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 18, 2001 (U.S.)
Recorded2000–2001
GenreHip hop
Length48:56
Label
Producer
Master P chronology
Ghetto Postage
(2000)
Game Face
(2001)
Good Side, Bad Side
(2004)
Singles from Game Face
  1. "Ooohhhwee"
    Released: 2001
  2. "Rock it"
    Released: 2001
  3. "Real Love"
    Released: 2002

Game Face is the tenth studio album by American rapper Master P, released on December 18, 2001. It marked the debut of The New No Limit Records and a partnership with Universal Records. There are three singles released from the album, "Ooohhhwee", "Real Love", and "Rock it", Music videos were released for all three. The album received a mixed reception from critics who saw some change in Master P's production and lyrical delivery but felt that it wasn't anything new from the genre.

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic(40/100)[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[2]
Entertainment WeeklyB−[3]
HipHopDX2.5/5 stars[4]
Vibe3/5 stars[5]

Game Face garnered mixed reviews from music critics who saw some change in lyrical content and production but felt that it didn't deliver anything new to the genre. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 40, based on 4 reviews.[1]

Shawn Edwards of Vibe praised Master P for using simplistic wordplay and different production on his songs to feel more accessible saying, "While P's rhyme schemes haven't changed much, he has improved his musical backdrops significantly."[5] Tom Sinclair of Entertainment Weekly found most of the album to be pleasant concluding with, "there's something oddly comforting about the inexorability of it all."[3] AllMusic editor Jason Birchmeier complimented Master P for changing his Southern sound into a more pop rap direction with the samples he used for his songs saying, "Game Face isn't any more impressive than any of his past few albums since Ghetto D. However, it is a much more accessible album because of the pop approach."[2] Wise Q of HipHopDX found tracks like "The Farm," "Lose It and Get It Back" and "Back on Top" as stand outs from the album but felt that it didn't deliver anything new to the genre saying "Most reviews have substance but, like this CD, hip hop will be left feeling empty."[4]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number seventy-two on the Billboard 200 and sold 95,000 copies in its first week of sales. It later climbed up the charts and peaked at number 46 early in 2002. In July 2002, the album had sold over 500,000 copies.

Music videos[edit]

There was a music video for the single entitled "Real Love" featuring Sera-Lynn. There was also a music video for the single "Ooohhhwee".

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Take It Outside"2:20
2."Ghetto Ballin'" (featuring Lil' Romeo and Silkk The Shocker)3:42
3."Ooohhhwee" (featuring Weebie)4:13
4."Real Love" (featuring Sera-Lynn)3:39
5."We Want Dough"3:25
6."The Block"2:55
7."A Woman"2:40
8."Back on Top" (featuring Silkk The Shocker, Lil' Romeo and C-Murder)3:50
9."The Farm"3:16
10."What I'm Bout"3:13
11."Whoadie Gone"4:07
12."I Don't"2:48
13."Rock It" (featuring Weebie and Krazy)3:51
14."Lose It and Get It Back"4:23

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (2001) Peak
positions
US Billboard 200[6] 53
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[7] 12

Singles[edit]

Ooohhwee

Chart (2001) Peak
positions
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 52
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[9] 19
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[10] 34

Rock It

Chart (2001) Peak
positions
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 18
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[9] 13

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Reviews for Gameface by Master P". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved September 17, 2009.
  2. ^ a b Birchmeier, Jason. "Game Face - Master P". AllMusic. Retrieved August 4, 2011.
  3. ^ a b Sinclair, Tom (January 18, 2002). "Gameface Review". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved April 8, 2012.
  4. ^ a b Wise Q (January 28, 2002). "Master P - Game Face". HipHopDX. Cheri Media Group. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  5. ^ a b Edwards, Shawn (Feb 2002). "Master P 'Game Face'". Vibe. Vibe Media. 10 (2): 121. ISSN 1070-4701. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  6. ^ "Master P Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved April 15, 2015.
  7. ^ "Master P Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved April 15, 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Master P Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved April 15, 2015.
  9. ^ a b "Master P Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved April 15, 2015.
  10. ^ "Master P Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard. Retrieved April 15, 2015.

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