What the Game's Been Missing!

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What the Game's Been Missing!
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Studio album by Juelz Santana
Released November 22, 2005
Recorded 2004–05
Genre Hip hop
Length 75:57
Label Diplomat, Def Jam, Skull Gang Entertainment
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)
Singles from What the Game's Been Missing!
  1. "Mic Check"
    Released: December 23, 2004
  2. "There It Go (The Whistle Song)"
    Released: May 29, 2005
  3. "Make It For Ya"
    Released: January 6 2005
  4. "Clockwork"
    Released: February 2006
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
HipHopDX 3/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork Media (6.9/10)[3]
PopMatters 7/10 stars[4]
RapReviews (6.5/10)[5]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[6]
Vibe 3.5/5 stars [7]

What the Game's Been Missing! is the second studio album by American 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)", "Make It Work For Ya & Lil Wayne (Feat Young Jeezy Clockwork".

Background[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."[8]

Originally 160 songs were recorded for the album, 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.[8]

Commercial performance[edit]

In his home country of United States, What the Game's Been Missing! debuted at number 9 on the Billboard 200, selling 141,000 copies in its first week.[9] As of January 3, 2006, the album has been certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), for selling 500,000 copies.[10]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "What the Game's Been Missing) Intro /Skit" Zeekey Freekey 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 Young Jeezy & Lil Wayne) 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 Vado and Starr) 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

Charts[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[11] 9
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[12] 1

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[10] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ David Jeffries (2005-11-22). "What the Game's Been Missing! - Juelz Santana | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-06-16. 
  2. ^ bsims (2005-11-21). "Juelz Santana - What The Game's Been Missing". HipHopDX. Retrieved 2015-06-16. 
  3. ^ "Juelz Santana: What the Game's Been Missing! | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. 2005-12-08. Retrieved 2015-06-16. 
  4. ^ "Juelz Santana: What the Game's Been Missing! - PopMatters Music Review". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on January 13, 2006. Retrieved 2015-06-16. 
  5. ^ "Juelz Santana :: What the Game's Been Missing! :: Def Jam Recordings". Rapreviews.com. 2005-11-29. Retrieved 2015-06-16. 
  6. ^ "Rolling Stone : What The Game's Been Missing! : Review". Web.archive.org. 2006-04-23. Archived from the original on April 23, 2006. Retrieved 2015-06-16. 
  7. ^ Vibe - Google Livres. Books.google.com. Retrieved 2015-06-16. 
  8. ^ a b "HipHopCanada.com :: Interview with Juelz Santana - December 11th 2005". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on August 17, 2007. Retrieved 2015-06-16. 
  9. ^ Hasty, Katie (2005-11-30). "SOAD Tops Album Chart For Second Time This Year". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 2009-02-08. 
  10. ^ a b "American single certifications – Juelz Santana". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  11. ^ "Juelz Santana – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Juelz Santana. Retrieved 2014-05-20.
  12. ^ "Juelz Santana – Chart history" Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for Juelz Santana. Retrieved May 20, 2014.