The Game has long threatened that "LAX" would be his last album, so perhaps that's why he recruited the wayward DMX to open it with one of his trademark prayers.

The Game has long threatened that "LAX" would be his last album, so perhaps that's why he recruited the wayward DMX to open it with one of his trademark prayers ("Devil, we rebuke you in the name of Jesus"). The table thus set, the Game goes surprisingly mellow in comparison to his first two efforts.

"Touchdown" sports a lazy synth and an airy chorus from Raheem DeVaughn about jet-setting, and Ne-Yo proves himself chivalrous while the Game growls over "Gentleman's Affair." Common pops up on the electric piano-driven "Angel," paying homage to his classic "I Used to Love H.E.R.," and "Never Can Say Goodbye" depicts the Game's creativity as he embodies the voices of Tupac, Biggie and Eazy-E just before they passed away.

"LAX" was originally due June 24 then July 8 and July 22. The Game changed the original June 24 release date because his former cohort-turned-nemesis 50 Cent was to release G-Unit's "T.O.S. (Terminate on Sight)" the same day, but that album also arrived late.