The Game works best when left for dead. See his classic debut, 2005's The Documentary, where Compton, Calif.'s Jayceon Taylor survived a homicide attempt to become rap's T-1000, an android assassin shape-shifting to channel past West Coast greats. And when benefactors Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine and 50 Cent abandoned him on his sophomore set, most figured he would brick. Instead, Game delivered The Doctor's Advocate, his second straight Billboard 200 No. 1 and arguably his most creatively vital work.